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ODU Wins Conference Opener In Men's Tennis

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: January 30, 2009
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Jan. 30, 2009

Norfolk, Va. – The ODU Monarchs swept all three doubles matches and all six singles matches to win their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener 7-0 over visiting James Madison Friday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center.  With the win the Monarchs improved to 5-1, while the Dukes fell to 0-5 on the year.


The Monarchs opened by winning the doubles with an 8-2 win No. 1, an 8-7(1) win at No. 2, and an 8-3 victory at No. 3.


In singles action, ODU got straight set victories by Aleksandr Seleznev at No. 1, Yakov Diskin at No. 3, Matt Fawcett at No. 5 and Dan Couzens at No. 6.  The Monarchs Tobias Fanselow, ranked 80th in the country, needed three sets to defeat JMU’s Mike Smith, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 2.  In the No. 4 match, Alex Funkhouser won the first set 6-4 and after surrendering the second set, rebounded to earn the 6-3 victory in the final set.


The Monarchs return to action Saturday morning when they’ll host Elon at 9 a.m. and Howard at 5 p.m.




1. #43 Seleznev/Fanselow (ODU) def. Robinson/Maarauen (JMU)       8-2

2. Fawcett/Muzalewski (ODU) def. Smith/King (JMU)                         8-7(1)

3. Diskin/Funkhouser (ODU) def. Rubenstein/Nissiuen (JMU)               8-3



1. Aleksandr Seleznev (ODU) def. Jared Robinson (JMU)        7-5, 6-3

2. #80 Tobias Fanselow (ODU) def. Mike Smith (JMU)           6-4, 2-6, 6-4

3. Yakov Diskin (ODU) def. Ville Maarauen (JMU)                 6-4, 6-1

4. Alex Funkhouser (ODU) def. Tommi Nissinen (JMU)           6-4, 6-7(4), (10-6)

5. Matt Fawcett (ODU) def. Brian Rubenstein (JMU)               6-2, 6-4

6. Dan Couzens (ODU) def. Matt King (JMU)                         6-3, 6-3


FINAL SCORE: Old Dominion 7, James Madison 0



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