Van Der Merwe's Run Ends In Semifinals

October 11, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 11, 2003

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Junior Izak van der Merwe's (Kempton Park, South Africa) run in the ITA All-American Championship took him to the semifinal round, where he fell to the tournament's No. 1 seed, Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor.

In the semifinal round, van der Merwe lost the first set 1-6, to Pierrick Ysern of San Diego, but rallied in the next two, 6-3, 6-2, to move on to the semifinal round of the main draw. Ysern, in his first round match, had pulled off a three set, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, upset of the tournament's fifth seeded Janne Holmia of Florida.

Dorsch put a halt to van der Merwe's tournament run with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the semifinals.

Van der Merwe collected four wins in the main draw of the tournament, including a first round upset of the All-American Championship's 13th seeded Lester Cook of Texas A&M. He had reached the main draw by becoming one of 16 student-athletes to come through the qualifying bracket earlier this week. In the qualifying bracket, van der Merwe, who was seeded 16th, won both his matches . Earlier this fall season, van der Merwe captured the Virginia Tournament Singles Title. Thus far during the fall season in tournament action, he has compiled a 11-1 record.

Van der Merwe's tournament appearance is not over yet though, as he and teammate senior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) are the third seeds in the doubles side of the tournament. The Monarch duo defeated Chris Martin and Evan Zeder of Illinois in the first round, 8-4, and went on to defeat Florida State's Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof in the round of 16, 8-5.

Csanadi and van der Merwe will face Felix Hardt and Ryan Redondo of San Diego State in their quarterfinal match-up. Hardt and Redondo have already downed the tournament's sixth seeded team of Hector Almada and Sergei Modoc of Fresno State. Should Csanadi and van der Merwe advance, they will take on the tournament's top seed, Richard Barker and William Barker from Rice.


Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Pierrick Ysern (SD): 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
#1 Denedikt Dorsch (Baylor) def.  Izak van der Merwe (ODU): 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: Izak van der Merwe/Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. Chris Martin/Evan Zeder (Ill): 8-4 Izak van der Merwe/Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. Jeff Groslimond/Chris Westerhof (FSU): 8-5