Men's Tennis Heads To CAA Championship Match
April 22, 2006
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Old Dominion men's tennis team is heading to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship match on Sunday for a chance at an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Team Tournament. The second-seeded Monarchs advanced from today's semifinals with a 4-1 victory over third-seeded William & Mary, defeating the Tribe for the third time this season.
Old Dominion took home the doubles point with close wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Henrique Cancado and Eidy Igarashi at the No. 2 spot and Rodrigo Souza and Nate Grover at the No. 3 position each teammed for 9-7 victories over their Tribe opponent.
The Monarchs' Harel Srugo, Alex Seleznev, and Souza then all collected singles wins to put ODU into the championship match. Srugo defeated William & Mary's top singles player, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. At No. 4 singles, Seleznev collected a 6-3, 6-2 win over Matt Rubenstein. Souza rounded out the Monarch victories with a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Alex Zuck.
The Monarchs will take on top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the championship match at Huntington Park.
#2 Old Dominion 4, #3 William & Mary 1
#1 Harel Srugo (ODU) d. Colin O'Brien (WM), 7-5, 6-4
#2 Henrique Cancado (ODU) vs. Stephen Ward (WM), 7-6, 3-2
#3 Eidy Igarashi (ODU) vs. Alex Cojanu (WM), 3-6, 6-3, 2-3
#4 Aleksandr Seleznev (ODU) d. Matt Rubenstein (WM), 6-3, 6-2
#5 Rodrigo Souza (ODU) d. Alex Zuck (WM), 6-2, 6-3
#6 Kavi Sud (WM) d. Nate Grover (ODU), 6-3, 6-2
#1 Cojanu/Billy Mulligan (WM) d. Seleznev/Srugo (ODU), 8-5
#2 Cancado/Igarashi (ODU) d. Ward/O'Brien (WM), 9-7
#3 Souza/Grover (ODU) d. Sud/Zuck (WM), 9-7