Csanadi And Van Der Merwe Upset Top Seed At ITA National Indoor Championships

November 08, 2002
By ODU Athletics

Nov. 8, 2002

FARMERS BRANCH, TX - Old Dominion's junior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) and sophomore Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) upset No. 1 Michael Calkins and Amer Delic of Illinois 8-4 in the first round of men's doubles at the ITA National Inddor Championships, marking only the fourth time in tournament history the top-seeded men's doubles team fell in the first round.

The ODU duo will face San Diego State's defending champs Oliver Maiberger and Ryan Redondo in one semifinal on Friday. Stanford's Scott Lipsky and David Martin will face Rice's Richard and William Barner in the other.

On the women's side, fifth seeded Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel) fell in her first round match dropping a 7-4, 6-3 decision to Tulsa's Alicia Pillay.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from Omni Hotels Regional Championships held across the country during October, the Omni Hotels National Small College champions, the winners of the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the Omni Hotels Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships. The men's tournament has been held since 1978 and the women's since 1984.

Last month's Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships were the first national tournaments of the season and the season-ending NCAA Championships in May are the third.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournaments, are presented by The Dallas Morning News and hosted by SMU at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch.

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