VCU Rams men's tennis

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VCU Rams men's tennis
VCU Rams logo.svg
University Virginia Commonwealth University
Head coach Paul Kostin (22nd season)
Conference A10
Location Richmond, VA
Home stadium Thalhimer Tennis Center
(Capacity: 300)
Nickname VCU Rams
Colors Black and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament runner-up
NCAA Tournament appearances
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament championships
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

The VCU Rams men's tennis team represents Virginia Commonwealth University. Under Coach Paul Kostin’s direction, VCU has reached the NCAA tournament in 18 of the past 19 years and finished a season ranked among the top 25 Division I teams a total of 12 times.[2]


Thalhimer Tennis Center[edit]

A 6 court facility that currently holds 300 people. It's located between Main and Cary Street in the heart of VCU's Monroe Park Campus, allowing easy access for the student-athletes from their classes and studies.[3]

New Tennis Center[edit]

The 2014-2020 six year capital plan calls for a 14 million dollar, state-of-the-art, modern Tennis center that will include 6 indoor courts, a spectator viewing space, and 12 outdoor courts.[4]

National Champions Runner-Up[edit]

The Rams put together a remarkable run through the NCAA tournament in 2000 that culminated in VCU’s first-ever appearance in a national championship match. The unseeded Rams strung together five consecutive victories, including wins over three of the nation’s top 13 ranked programs, to set up a showdown with Stanford for the national title. VCU advanced to the “Sweet 16” with a victory over No. 13 Mississippi continued its Cinderella story by upsetting fourth-ranked Illinois in the quarterfinal round. The Rams reached the title match with a thrilling 4-3 victory over powerhouse Tennessee in the Final Four and received a final ranking of No. 9 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, at the time, the highest-ever for any VCU sport at the end of a season.[5] The record stood for 11 years until the men's basketball team finished with a final ranking of No. 6.

See also[edit]

2012–13 VCU Rams men's tennis team