A10Atlantic 10 Championship Central

VCU’s move from the CAA to the Atlantic 10 Conference was met with much fanfare this summer. By weekend’s end, folks in the athletic department hope to have a nice souvenir to go with it.

As of Friday afternoon, two victories stood between the VCU Women’s Tennis team and the first A-10 Championship in VCU history.

If the chalk holds, and the Rams are certainly the favorites in Charlottesville, it would end a string of near-misses for VCU Athletics in its first A-10 go-round. Both men’s and women’s soccer reached their respective A-10 Championship games, as did men’s basketball, but fell in the title contest. In addition, the volleyball and field hockey programs advanced to the league’s championship semifinals.

Hopefully, that frustrating streak of close-but-no-cigar finishes is finished.

The women’s tennis team captured four CAA titles from 1996-2012, including two of the last three. VCU is 20-4 overall and has won 11 straight. The Rams are the top seed and meet cross-town rival and fourth-seeded Richmond Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in Charlottesville. The Rams didn’t lose a single set in their A-10 Tournament victories over La Salle and Temple.

Richmond is 11-11 following a 4-3, come-from-behind win over Charlotte Friday. A victory over the Spiders would send VCU to the A-10 Championship Match Sunday at 10 a.m.

VCU Athletics won 42 CAA Championships during its 17-year tenure in the league from 1995-2012. The first in men’s basketball in March 4, 1996. The last in men’s tennis on April 22, 2012.