CAA Men's Tennis Tournament Underway On Thursday
By ODU Athletics
April 22, 2004
WILLIAMSBURG,VA -- The Old Dominion men's tennis team begins its quest for the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title on Friday morning when the third seeded Monarchs take on sixth seeded Hofstra at 9:00 a.m. in the quarterfinals.
The 2004 CAA Men's Tennis Championship gets underway on Thursday morning in Williamsburg, Va., and this year's event could be one of the most competitive in recent years with the tournament's top three seeds ranked among the top 55 teams in the nation.
Top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth will be looking to capture its ninth consecutive CAA title. The 11th-ranked Rams (21-3 overall)have posted 12 wins over nationally ranked opponents this season and have beaten four teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Back to lead VCU are 2003 CAA Player of the Year Pedro Nieto, who is ranked 28th nationally in singles, junior Marton Ott and sophomore Arnaud Le Cloerec, who is ranked #122.
Host William & Mary is the second seed. The Tribe (11-11 overall) is ranked 38th this week, which is the program's highest ranking since the inception of the current ranking system. W&M has beaten seven nationally ranked foes this season, including handing VCU its first-ever CAA loss (4-3) on April 15. W&M, which has reached the finals in four of the last five CAA Championships, is led by 50th-ranked Jeff Kader, junior Sean Kelleher and senior Geoff Russell.
Old Dominion is the third seed in the tournament. The Monarchs (12-8 overall) are ranked 55th this week and have wins over four nationally ranked opponents. ODU defeated W&M 4-2 on April 10 but dropped a 6-1 decison to VCU on April 11. The Monarchs, who last reached the CAA finals in 2002, are led by 18th-ranked Izak van der Merwe and seniors Zoltan Csanadi and Calin Milos.
Fourth-seeded UNC Wilmington (13-6 overall) has won six of its last seven matches. The Seahawks only losses this year have come to nationally ranked squads. UNCW is led by junior Danilo Mendes, who is ranked #111 in singles this week.
The first-round and quarterfinal matches of the CAA men's championship will be held at the Adair Courts at W&M, with the semifinals and finals moving to the Busch Courts.
April 22 - First Round
#7 Delaware vs. #10 Drexel - 10 a.m.
#8 Towson vs. #9 George Mason - 12:30 p.m.
April 23 - Quarterfinals
#3 Old Dominion vs. #6 Hofstra - 9 a.m.
#2 William & Mary vs. DEL/DREX - 11:30 a.m.
#1 Va. Commonwealth vs. TOW/GMU - 2 p.m.
#4 UNC Wilmington vs. #5 James Madison - 4:30 p.m.
April 24 - Semifinals
ODU/HOF winner vs. W&M/DEL-DREX winner - 9 a.m.
VCU/TOW-GMU winner vs. UNCW/JMU winner - 11:30 a.m.
April 25 - Championship
CAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - 10 a.m.