Monarch Tennis Captures First NCAA Tournament Victory
By ODU Athletics
May 11, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Old Dominion men's tennis sophomore Alex Seleznev's (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) No. 3 singles victory clinched the Monarchs' first-ever NCAA Tournament victory as #31 Old Dominion defeated #39 Virginia Tech, 4-3, in first round action this afternoon at the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Virginia.
The Monarchs upped their overall mark to 22-7 in the win and will advance to the second round to face third-ranked Virginia on Saturday, May 12th at 1:00 p.m.. The Cavaliers defeated Hampton earlier in the day, 4-0.
The Hokies started off the match by taking the doubles point, but it was the Monarchs who captured four of the six singles matches to advance.
Junior Rodrigo Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) kicked off the Monarch scoring with his No. 5 singles win. His 6-3, 6-2 win over Virginia Tech's Pedro Graber was followed by an Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) victory at No. 2 singles. Canacdo, a senior ranking at No. 55 in the ITA Poll, defeated the Hokies' Albert Larregola, 6-3, 6-1 to give Old Dominion a 2-1 edge.
Virginia Tech won the next two matches reclaiming the lead at 3-2. Freshman Yakov Diskin (Yorktown, Va.) fell to Tech's Brandon Corace, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 singles and junior Eidy Igarashi (São José do Rio Preto, Brazil) dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision at the No. 4 spot.
An Old Dominion victory came down to the final two matches. At the top position, #29 and two-time CAA Player of the Year, Harel Srugo (Kibutz Gazit, Israel) tied the match at 3-3 as he defeated the Hokies' Arvid Purnaen by a score of 6-4, 6-4.
The first round victor came down to No. 3 singles featuring ODU's Seleznev and Virginia Tech's Nicholas Delgado. Seleznev brought home a straight set win, 6-2, 6-4, to send the Monarchs to the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Virginia.
The Cavaliers enter second round action with a 27-3 overall mark having won the ACC Title. Virginia and Old Dominion met early in the spring dual meet season with the Cavaliers taking a 5-2 win. The Cavalier roster features three ranked student-athletes in singles - No. 2 Somdev Devvarman, No. 25 Treat Huey, and No. 115 Dominic Ingolt. Virginia also boasts the nation's second ranked doubles team in Huey and Sevvarman.
In their 5-2 loss to the Cavaliers, the Monarchs captured their two points with wins by Seleznev and Igarashi in singles. Seleznev scored a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over then 67th-ranked Dominic Inglot at No. 3 singles. Igarashi posted a straight set 6-1, 6-2 victory over Houston Barrick at No. 4 singles.
Additionally, ODU's Srugo and the Cavalier's Huey met during the fall season. Srugo topped Huey during his Wilson/ITA Mideast Championship run with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the semifinals.
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No. 31 Old Dominion 4, No. 39 Virginia Tech 3
No. 1 #15 Harel Srugo/Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. #19 Pedro Graber/Nicolas Delgado (VT): 8-3
No. 2 Arvid Puranan/Yoann Re (VT) def. Alex Seleznev/Eidy Igarashi (ODU): 8-5
No. 3 Albert Barregola/Brandon Corace (VT) def. Rodrigo Souza/Dom Manilla (ODU): 8-2
Order of finish: 1,2,3
No. 1 #29 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. #102 Arvid Purnaen (VT): 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 #55 Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Albert Larregola (VT): 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 Alex Seleznev (ODU) def. Nicolas Delgado (VT): 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Yoann Re (VT) def. Eidy Igarashi (ODU): 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Rodrigo Souza (ODU) def. Pedro Graber (VT): 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Brandon Corace (VT) def. Yakov Diskin (ODU): 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 5,2,6,4,1