Thai WilsonContributing Writer
The men’s tennis team continued its winning streak of seven games after defeating the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sunday.
The Rams had two other games against the University of Charlotte and the United States Naval Academy, Friday and Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center in Richmond.
Along with the continued winning streak, graduate student Iñigo Torre Martin and freshman Joaquim Almeida Atlantic 10 Performer and Rookie of the Week received honors from the conference, for the matches played March 28 to April 3, according to A-10 website.
Despite the team’s recent success, head coach Anthony Rossi said the team’s focus is on taking its schedule one day at a time.
“We’re watching one match at a time, so I did not even know we had won six matches in a row,” Rossi said.
Friday: April 1 against the University of Charlotte 49ers
The Charlotte 49ers won both doubles sets, giving Charlotte a 1-0 lead at the start of the match.
The games included some key matches, such as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked No. 119 VCU graduate student Iñigo Torre Martin versus Charlotte graduate student Mikhail Sokolovskiy, and VCU junior Maxence Bertimon versus Charlotte sophomore Stefanos Savva.
Maxence Bertimon won over Savva in his second set to guarantee the Rams its second point, giving the Blacks and Gold a 2-1 lead.
In the third match at the end, Charlotte graduate student Thomas Brown beat VCU senior Charles Bertimon and tied the match 2-2. Martin then won his match against Sokolovskiy in two sets, changing the overall score to 3-2.
VCU senior Rayane Stable finished his match first in two sets to level the match 1-1, and VCU sophomore Matisse Bobichon won his match, ending the game in Ram’s favor with a score of 4-2.
Saturday: April 2 against United States Naval Academy
After a win against the 49ers, the Rams played Saturday against the United States Naval Academy.
VCU started strong by winning the double point. VCU sophomore Matisse Bobichon and freshman Joaquim Almieda, along with junior Maxence Bertimon and junior Tom LeBlanc gave the Rams an early 1-0 lead.
Next came the singles matches, where the Navy’s second time William Pak won his singles match against LeBlanc in one set due to a loss by LeBlanc, leading to a 1-1 draw.
The Blacks and Golds responded back in the next singles match with VCU senior Rayane Stable going 2-0 in his sets to give the Rams a 2-1 lead over the Navy.
Stable’s victory was a momentum shift as Almieda won two sets in a row to end his match at 3-1. Bobichon finished his match in two sets and secured the Rams victory with a score of 4-1.
Sunday: April 3 against the University of Texas at the San Antonio Roadrunners
The Rams came swinging out of the gate by securing the double point with victories from VCU senior Rayane Stable and graduate student Iñigo Torre Martin, along with freshman Joaquim Almieda and sophomore Matisse Bobichon. This gave VCU a 1-0 lead to start the match.
Although his doubles match went unfinished because VCU already secured the double point, VCU senior Charles Bertimon commented on the team’s ability to work together.
“We work a lot in doubles, even though it is only one point for the team. It makes the difference in the end and I think it’s just that we’re holding momentum when we finished our balls, said Charles Bertimon.
In the singles matches for the Rams, Almieda defeated UTSA for the second time Garrett Skelly in two sets to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Rams. Bobichon also beat UTSA’s fifth year Javier Gonzalez in two sets. The win added another count to the black-gold score, making it 3-0.
UTSA freshman Tiago Torres won his match against VCU junior Maxence Bertimon in two straight sets to make it 3-1, but the Roadrunners failed to win the remaining three matches to secure victory.
While the other two matches took place, the match between Martin and UTSA ended for the second time Sebastian Rodriguez. Martin won the match in two sets, which gave the blacks and gold the last point needed to end the match 4-1.
Martin said he was happy with the team’s victory but looks forward to the future by preparing for the upcoming matches.
“We just go one day at a time. We started training and on the day we have matches we just give our best every single point and let’s see what the result will be,” said Martin. “That’s all we can do. do.”
The black and gold travel to the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, North Carolina on Friday, April 8 to meet Elon University Phoenixes.