#75 Monarchs Tennis Edges #68 Alabama-Birmingham

February 24, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 24, 2003

JOHNSON CITY, TN -- The #75 Old Dominion men's tennis team defeated its first ranked opponent of the 2003 dual meet season after four tries with a 4-3 victory over #68 Alabama-Birmingham. The win improves the Monarchs to 8-3 on the year having won their last three straight.

The Monarchs had previously lost to #17 Wake Forest (3-4), #14 Virginia Commonwealth (3-4), and #75 Princeton (1-6), before defeating the ranked Blazers.

Junior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) pushed his No. 1 singles match to three sets, but emerged with the victory, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 over Bastian Gruendler. Sophomore Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) earned a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles over UAB's Ivan Andreeve. Senior Patrik Binkowsi (Orby, Sweden) gave Old Dominion its third win at No. 4 singles with a three set 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 decision over Kristijan Mitovski. Junior Niklas Oskarsson defeated Dino Mancarella to seal the victory with his, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles.

The men's tennis team will return to action against East Tennessee State and Virginia later this week.

Match Summary:


#1  Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. Bastian Gruendler (UAB): 6-3,5-7,7-5
#2  Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Ivan Andreev (UAB): 6-1,7-5
#3  Andre Maier (UAB) def. Calin Milos (ODU): 7-6,7-6
#4  Patrik Binkowski (ODU) def. Kristijan Mitovski (UAB): 7-6,3-6,6-1
#5  Patrick Suhrbier (UAB) def. Salman Mohammed (ODU): 6-4,4-6,6-3
#6  Niklas Oskarsson (ODU) def. Dino Mancarella (UAB): 2-6,6-1,6-3