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No. 52 Men's Tennis Defeats No. 74 Michigan State, 5-2

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 11, 2007
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Feb. 11, 2007

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The No. 52 Old Dominion men's tennis team collected a 5-2 win over No. 74 Michigan State Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Action started with the Monarchs coming from behind to take the doubles point. Michigan State claimed No. 3 doubles, but Old Dominion came back to earn the point by earning victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 position. The country's sixth-ranked team in ODU's Harel Srugo (Kibutz Gazit, Israel) and Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) edged out No. 29 Nick Rinks and Adam Monich, 8-5 at No. 1 doubles, while the ODU duo of Eidy Igarashi (São José do Rio Preto, Brazil) and Alex Seleznev (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) downed the Spartan's Michael Flowers and Alex Forger, 8-6.

In singles, the Monarchs took home wins in four of the day's six singles matches. After the Spartan's Nick Rinks upset No. 7 Harel Srugo at No. 1 singles to tie the match score at 1-1, Henrique Cancado put the Monarchs ahead for good in the match as he played his way to a straight set, 6-2, 6-2 win over Alex Forger at No. 2 singles. Cancado's victory was followed by Rodrigo Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) earning a win at the No. 5 position. Behind 2-6 after the first set, Souza won the next two allowing Michigan State's Mike Flowers to earn just one game, 6-1, 6-0. Alex Seleznev gave the Monarchs a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles over Adam Munich and Yakov Diskin (Yorktown, Va.) rounded out the ODU victories with a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 win at No. 6 singles against Jason Norville.

The Monarch men's tennis team returns to action on Friday, February 16th when they host Howard at Center Court Racket Club in Newport News.

Old Dominion 5, Michigan State 2

Doubles:
No. 1 No.6 Srugo/Cancado (ODU) def. No. 29 Rinks/Monich (MSU) 8-5
No. 2 Seleznev/Igarashi (ODU) def. Flowers/Forger (MSU) 8-6
No. 3 Tyler Sauerbrey/Allare (MSU) def. Souza/Diskin (ODU) 8-1
Order of finish 3,1,2

Singles:
No. 1 No. 51 Nick Rinks (MSU) def. No. 57 Harel Srugo (ODU) 6-3,6-1
No. 2 No. 18 Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Alex Forger (MSU) 6-2,6-2
No. 3 Alex Seleznev (ODU) def. Adam Munich (MSU) 2-6,6-1,6-4
No. 4 John Allare (MSU) def. Eidy Igarashi (ODU) 4-6,6-4,6-3
No. 5 Rodrigo Souza (ODU) def. Mike Flowers (MSU) 2-6,6-1,6-0
No. 6 Yakov Diskin (ODU) def. Jason Norville (MSU) 6-4,6-7(3),6-3
Order of finish 1,2,5,4,3,6

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