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Men's Tennis Wins Two At VCU 4-1 Invitational

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 27, 2003
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Jan. 27, 2003

RICHMOND, VA -- The Old Dominion men's tennis team improved to 3-0 on the year with a 5-0 win over CAA rival Delaware and a 5-0 victory over Georgetown at the VCU 4-1 Invitational in Richmond on Sunday.

The Monarchs have shutout each of its three opponents thus far in the dual meet season.

Against Delaware, junior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) and senior Salman Mohammed each posted straight set wins. Csanadi, at first singles, won 7-5, 6-1 over John Tully and Salman, at third singles, defeating Dustin Lewis, 6-2, 6-0. Sophomore Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) captured a 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 win at second singles over Sanjay Khindri, while freshman Adriano Mello (Londrina, Brazil) won his first dual meet match of his career with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 win over Adam Liebman at fourth singles.

In doubles play, senior Patrik Binkowski (Orby, Sweden) and junior Calin Milos (Timisoara, Romania) defeated the Blue Hens' Josh Ditman and Ari Zweig, 6-2, 6-0.

Csanadi, van Der Merwe, and Mello followed with straight set wins over the Hoyas in singles action. At first singles, Csanadi won 6-4, 6-1, over Eric Conrad, while van Der Merwe posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Chris Beleiev. Mello rounded out singles play defeating Chris Kindler at third singles, 6-1, 6-1.

The Monarchs captured both doubles matches with Georgetown as well. Binkowski and Milos teamed up once again for their second win of the afternoon, a 6-3, 7-6 win at first doubles over Marc Hohser and Erik Biloman. Mohammed and junior Niklas Oskarsson (Halmstad, Sweden) captured a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over the Hoyas' Dennis Cranedi and Ryan Deisel at second doubles.

The men's tennis team returns to action against Hampton Roads rival Norfolk State on Wednesday, January 29th in Newport News, VA.

MATCH SUMMARY

ODU 5, Delaware 0

Singles: #1 Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. John Tully (UD): 7-5, 6-1 #2 Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Sanjay Khindri (UD): 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 win #3 Salman Mohammed (ODU) def. Dustin Lewis (UD): 6-2, 6-0 #4 Adriano Mello (ODU) def. Adam Liebman(UD): 6-3, 5-7, 10-3

Doubles: #1 Patrik Binkowski/Calin Milos (ODU) def. Josh Ditman/Ari Zweig (UD): 6-2, 6-0

ODU 5, Georgetown 0

Singles: #1 Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. Eric Conrad (GT): 6-4, 6-1, #2 Izak van Der Merwe (ODU) def. Chris Beleiev (GT): 6-3, 6-2 #3 Adriano Mello (ODU) def. Chris Kindler (GT): 6-1, 6-1

Doubles: #1 Patrik Binkowski/Calin Milos (ODU) def. Marc Hohser/Erik Biloman (GT): 6-3, 7-6 #2 Salman Mohammed/Niklas Oskarsson (ODU) def. Dennis Granedi/Ryan Deisel: 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

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