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No. 49/2 Seed ODU Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to No. 40/1 Seed Rice in Championship

April 23, 2017
By ODU Athletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The No. 49 nationally ranked/No. 2 seed Old Dominion men’s tennis team (19-6) held a 3-0 lead, but would lose a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 40 nationally ranked/No. 1 seed Rice (23-7) in the 2017 Conference USA Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Adams Tennis Center.

“It's hard to find the right words right now, but I couldn't be more proud of our group today,” said ODU head coach Dominik Mueller. “We poured our hearts out for each other and for ODU. Our nine guys represented our University in a first class manner, like they did all year long. We will come back even stronger next year.”

Doubles victories from Adam Moundir/Javier Jover Maestre (No. 1) and Michael Weindl/Jacob Nicolussi (No. 3) gave ODU a 1-0 lead.

The No. 50 nationally ranked player in the NCAA, Adam Moundir, gave the Monarchs a 2-0 advantage after taking down Jamie Malik in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) in No. 1 singles.

Aziz Kijametovic got the better of Eric Rutledge (6-2, 2-6, 3-3) on Court No. 5 after Rutledge defaulted for his fourth overrule, giving Old Dominion a 3-0 lead.

The Owls came flying back to claim victories in No. 2, No. 6, No. 3 and then No. 4 singles to ultimately lift Rice to its second consecutive Conference USA Championship.

The loss snapped ODU’s five-match win streak. The Monarchs ended the year winning 11 of its last 14 matches and nationally ranked.

Conference USA Championship Central Page

Tennis Match Results
No. 2 Old Dominion vs. No. 1 Rice
4/23/2017 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

No. 1 Rice 4, No. 2 Old Dominion 3

Singles Competition
1. #50 Adam Moundir (ODU) def. Jamie Malik (RICE) 6-4, 6-1
2. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. Michael Weindl (ODU) 7-5, 7-5
3. David Warren (RICE) def. Javier Jover Maestre (ODU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
4. Jake Hansen (RICE) def. Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) 7-5, 7-5
5. Aziz Kijametovic (ODU) def. Eric Rutledge (RICE) 6-2, 2-6, 3-3, 99-0
6. Emanuel Llamas (RICE) def. Justin Herrera (ODU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Adam Moundir/Javier Jover Maestre (ODU) def. #50 David Warren/Tommy Bennett (RICE) 6-2
2. Jake Hansen/Eric Rutledge (RICE) vs. Aziz Kijametovic/Jose Nunez Navarro (ODU) 2-4, unfinished
3. Michael Weindl/Jacob Nicolussi (ODU) def. Daniel Warren/Henrik Munch (RICE) 6-2

Match Notes:
No. 2 Old Dominion 19-6
No. 1 Rice 23-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,5,2,6,3,4)
C-USA Championship Match
Official: Ted Mason

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