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Women's Tennis Falls to No. 21 VCU, 6-1

March 17, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Freshman Pooja Kommireddi posted the only point in Middle Tennessee's 6-1 loss to 21st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth in women's tennis action Friday at the Lubel Memorial Tennis Courts in Mobile, Ala.

Kommireddi (6-7) was the only Blue Raider to pick up a victory against the undefeated Rams (18-0), who boast four ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team.

VCU won all three doubles matches, starting with 18th-ranked Marianna Yuferova and Olga Borisova defeating Marlene Chemin and Claudia Szabo, 8-0, at No. 1. VCU's Tatsiana Uvarova and Vera Petrashevitch won 8-0 at No. 2 over Ann-Kristin Siljestrom and Kelly Adams, and Camille Ripert and Viktoria Konstantinova took care of Kommireddi and Elvira Yusupova, 8-6, at No. 3.

In singles the Rams won the first five singles matches, with Kommireddi's win coming at No. 6.

Uvarova, ranked 107th, defeated Chemin, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1, and 44th-ranked Yuferova won 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2 over Szabo. At No. 3 Konstantinova, ranked 125th, took care of Yusupova, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3, and 80th-ranked Borisova defeated Siljestrom, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4. Petrashevitch won 6-1, 6-3, over Adams at No. 5.

Kommireddi's victory came against Ripert at No. 6, 6-1, 6-4, her 19th victory overall this year.

Middle Tennessee takes on Indiana State at 11 a.m. in Mobile before playing 75th-ranked South Alabama Sunday.

#21 VCU 6, Middle Tennessee 1
SINGLES

1. (107) Tatsiana Uvarova (VCU) def. Marlene Chemin (MT), 6-1, 6-1
2. (44) Marianna Yuferova (VCU) def. Claudia Szabo (MT), 6-3, 6-2
3. (125) Viktoria Konstantinova (VCU) def. Elvira Yusupova (MT), 6-1, 6-1
4. (80) Olga Borisova (VCU) def. Ann-Kristin Siljestrom (MT), 6-1, 6-1
5. Vera Petrashevitch (VCU) def. Kelly Adams (MT), 6-1, 6-3
6. Pooja Kommireddi (MT) def. Camille Ripert (VCU), 6-1, 6-4

DOUBLES
1. (18) Yuferova-Borisova (VCU) def. Chemin-Szabo (MT), 8-0
2. Uvarova-Petrashevitch (VCU) def. Siljestrom-Adams (MT), 8-0
3. Ripert-Konstantinova (VCU) def. Kommireddi-Yusupova (MT), 8-6

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