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Release: March 27, 2005
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March 27, 2005

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's tennis team advanced to the "Elite 8" Collegiate Invitational finals after edging out UNC-Wilmington, 4-3, but fell to the BIG EAST's St. John's in the tournament's championship match, 1-6.

In the first match, Old Dominion earned wins at the top three singles positions and picked up the doubles point to edge out the Seahawks.

Among the singles winners were Kerstin Endlich (Neustadt, Germany) with a 6-2, 6-1 win over UNC-Wilmington's Lindsey Hess at No. 1 singles, Barbara Costa (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Molly Molony at No. 2 singles, and Fernanda Luiz (Nova Lima, Brazil)with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 win over Sallie Kiser at No. 3 singles.

In doubles play, Endlich and Luiz combined for a 9-8 edging of Kiser and Hess at No. 1 singles. The Lady Monarchs wrapped up the doubles point after Barbara Kerner and Costa defeated the Seahawks' Kristin Mears and Molly Molony, 9-7.

In the championship match, the Red Storm allowing the Lady Monarchs just one match.

Barbara Kerner (Herxheim, Germany) picked up the Lady Monarchs' lone point at No. 4 singles with a come from behind win over the Red Storm's Mariana Chachua. After dropping the first set, 2-6, Kerner rallied for a 6-4 win in the second set and picked up the 10-4 tie break.

Although St. John's earned the doubles point, ODU's tandem of Endlich and Luiz did earn a victory. The Lady Monarch top doubles team topped Hande Gorur and Allison Davidson, 8-4.

The Lady Monarchs (10-9) return to action on Wednesday, March 30th against CAA rival Virginia Commonwealth.

Old Dominion 4, UNC-Wilmington 3

Singles
No. 1 Kerstin Endlich (ODU) def. Lindsey Hess (UNC-W): 6-2,6-1
No. 2 Barbara Costa (ODU) def. Molly Molony (UNC-W): 6-3,6-3
No. 3 Fernanda Luiz (ODU) def. Sallie Kiser (UNC-W): 7-5,4-6,6-4
No. 4 Kristin Mears (UNC-W) def. Barbara Kerner (ODU): 7-6,3-6,7-5
No. 5 Cassie Martin (UNC-W) def. Linda Garder (ODU): 5-7,6-4,6-1
No. 6 ODU Default

Doubles
No. 1 Kerstin Endlich/Fernanda Luiz (ODU) def. Sallie Kiser/Lindsey Hess (UNC-W): 9-8
No. 2 Barbara Kerner/Barbara Costa (ODU) def. Kristin Mears/Molly Molony: 9-7 No. 3 ODU Default

St. Johns 6, Old Dominion 1

Singles
No. 1 Barbora Blahutiakova (SJU) def. Kerstin Endlich (ODU): 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 Kristina Bothova (SJU) def. Barbara Costa (ODU) : 6-2, 7-5
No. 3 Allison Davidson (SJU) Fernanda Luiz (ODU): 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 Barbara Kerner (ODU) def. Mariana Chachua (SJU): 2-6, 6-4, 10-4
No. 5 Hande Gorur (SJU) def. Linda Garder (ODU): 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 ODU Default

Doubles
No. 1 Kerstin Endlich/Fernanda Luiz (ODU) def. Hande Gorur/Allison Davidson (SJU): 8-4
No. 2 Barbora Blahutiakova/Kristina Bothova (SJU) def. Barbara Costa/Barbara Kerner (ODU) 8-2
No. 3 ODU Default

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