Men's Tennis Heads To UVA For First/Second Rounds Of The NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament

May 01, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 1, 2007

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Old Dominion men's tennis team is heading to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The Monarchs, ranked 31st by the latest ITA poll with a 21-7 overall mark, will open up action on Friday, May 11th when they take on Virginia Tech at 1:00 p.m. The day's other first round match-up will feature third-ranked Virginia Cavaliers against fellow Hampton Roads rival Hampton. It is the first NCAA team appearance for the Monarch men's tennis squad.

The Old Dominion men's tennis team is led by a pair of ranked student-athletes. In singles, sophomore and two-time CAA Player of the Year Harel Srugo (Kibutz Gazit, Israel) is ranked at No. 29 and senior Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is ranked at No. 55. Together Srugo and Cancado have earned a No. 15 ranking in doubles.

Srugo is 31-11 overall as ODU's top singles player. During the season he captured the Wilson/ITA Mideast Regional singles title, reached the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships, the Round of 32 at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships, and was a quarterfinalist at the 39th Annual Southern Intercollegiates. Cancado sports a 31-10 overall mark playing at No. 2 singles. He was a quarterfinalist at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships and was Wilson/ITA Mideast Regional Championship finalist falling to ODU teammate Srugo.

Together the top ODU doubles team of Srugo and Cancado collected a 26-7 record as they were quarterfinalists of the Southern Intercollegiates, semifinalists at the UVA Fall Classic, reached the main draw of the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships from the qualifying bracket and winning the consolation bracket of the main draw.

Virginia Tech holds a 13-12 overall mark and is ranked 39th in the latest ITA Poll. The Hokies fell to No. 6 North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. The Virginia Tech roster features #102 Arvid Puranen at the top singles spot and #19 Nicolas Delgado and Pedro Graber at the top doubles position.

Puranen holds a 21-15 overall mark and is no stranger to the Monarchs. Puranen faced Monarch and No. 2 singles player Cancado twice during the fall tournament season. Purnanen was defeated by Cancado in the Round of 16 at the Southern Collegiate Invitational and in the quarterfinals of the UVA Fall Classic. The ranked doubles team of Delgado and Graber hold a 19-5 overall mark.

The Cavaliers enter the NCAA Tournament with a 26-3 overall mark and captured 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 sophomore Alex Seleznev (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) and junior Eidy Igarashi (São José do Rio Preto, Brazil) 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.

Hampton comes into the NCAA Tournament 15-8 overall record and winners of the MEAC title. The MEAC title was the sixth league championship for the Pirates since joining the conference in 1996. The Pirates are led by Seo-Jae Chang, a First Team All-MEAC performer with an 11-5 overall mark. It was Chang's second first team selection and he previously won conference player of the year in 2005.

First- and second-round competition will be conducted Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12 or 12-13, with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia.

The team championship will be held May 17-22. The teams will play a single-elimination tournament at 16 first- and second-round sites (four teams at each site) and the finals site (16-team bracket) to determine the national champion. The matches shall be regulation dual matches with three (3) eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six (6) singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best of three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight games all in doubles and at six games all in singles.

Singles and doubles for the NCAA men's tennis tournament will be released on Wednesday on by 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 11
10:00 a.m. Virginia vs. Hampton
1:00 p.m. Old Dominion vs. Virginia Tech

Saturday, May 12
1:00 p.m. First round winners