Csanadi And Van Der Merwe Capture ITA Region II Doubles Championship

October 27, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 27, 2002

CHAPEL HILL, NC -- Junior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) and sophomore Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) won the Omni Hotels ITA Region II Championship hosted by the University of North Carolina. It marks the second doubles title for the duo who also captured the University of Virginia doubles championship in late September. With the victory, Csanadi and van der Merwe earn spots at the Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas on November 7-10.

Csanadi and van der Merwe battled from a 9-7 opening round of 32 victory over Clayton Almedia and Michael Kwiecien of Winthrop to take an 8-3 round of 16 match from Mike Duquette and Doug Stewart of Virginia and an 8-2 win in the quarterfinals against eighth seeded Matt Cloer and Rodrigo Laub of Florida State. The tandem then used a 9-7 match over another Florida State team, Alex Herrara and Romain Jurd, to advance to the finals. In the championship game, Csanadi and van der Merwe posted an 8-5 victory over North Carolina's Nicholas Monroe and Daniel Pinchbeck, who had defeated the number three and five seeds to reach the finals.

Csanadi and van der Merwe were also featured in the singles main draw. Csanadi, the 16th seed, reached the round of 16 by defeating RJ Murray of N.C. State, 6-1, 6-4, and Phillip Whalley of High Point, 6-1, 6-4. He then fell in the round of 16 in three sets to sixth seeded and tournament runner-up Trystan Meniane of North Carolina, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Van der Merwe defeated CAA rival Daniel Casquero of Virginia Commonwealth in the opening round, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), before falling to fifth seeded Angelo Niculescu of South Carolina, 7-5, 6-3.

Five Monarchs were in action in the qualifying singles bracket. Senior Patrik Binkowski (Orby, Sweden) faired the best of all the Old Dominion entries reached the round of 16. He defeated Scott Peters of Maryland 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round and Juan Jaysingh of American, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5, before losing to Chris Conyer of Virginia, 6-2, 7-5.

Junior Calin Milos (Timisoara, Romania), senior Salman Mohammed (Calcutta, India), and freshman Adriano Mello (Londrina, Brazil) advanced to the round of 32. Mello won his first match against Leonardo Casadei of Hampton Roads rival Hamtpon, 6-2, 7-6, but fell 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 to Duke's Ryan Heinberg. Milos captured a 6-3, 6-3 opening round victory over CAA rival Craig Anderson of James Madison, but failed to advanced with a tough 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 three set loss to Chris Archer of High Point. Mohammed posted a 6-3, 6-4 opening round win over Appalachian State's Ben Shuster, but fell in the following round to Greg Archer of North Carolina.

Junior Niklas Oskarrson (Halmstad, Sweden) was edged out in the opening qualifying singles round with a 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (10) loss to East Tennessee State's Diego Iglesias.

Two doubles team were also in action in the qualifying bracket, but fell in the opening round of 32. Patrick Binkowski and Calin Milos fell to Joao Menano and Jason Pieters of Georgia Tech (8-3), while Salman Mohammed and Niklas Oskarrsson dropped a 8-6 decision to Viktor Koczan and Rodrigo Villarroel of Charleston Southern.

Tournament Summary

Singles (main draw)
#16 Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. RJ Murray (NC State):		6-1, 6-4
#16 Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. Phillip Whalley (High Pt.):		6-1,6-4
#5 Trystan Meniane (UNC) def. #16 Zoltan Csanadi (ODU):		6-4, 6-7, 6-4
Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Daniel Casquero (VCU):		7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)
#5 Angelo Niculescu (SC) def. Izak van der Merwe (ODU):		7-5, 6-3

Singles (qualifying round) Diego Iglesias (ESTU) def. Niklas Oskarrsson (ODU): 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (10) Adriano Mello (ODU) def. Leonardo Casadei (Hampton): 6-2, 7-6 Ryan Heinberg (Duke) def. Adriano Mello (ODU): 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 Patrik Binkowski (ODU) def. Scott Peters (MD): 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Patrik Binkowski (ODU) def. Juan Jaysingh (American): 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 Chris Gonyer (UVA) def. Patrik Bikowski (ODU): 6-2, 7-5 Calin Milos (ODU) def. Craig Anderson (JMU): 6-3, 6-3 Chris Archer (High Pt.) def. Calin Milos (ODU): 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Salman Mohammed (ODU) def. Ben Shuster (App. St.): 6-3, 6-4 Greg Archer (UNC) def. Salman Mohammed (ODU): 6-2, 7-5

Doubles (main draw) Zoltan Csanadi/Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Clayton Almeida/Michael Kwiecien (Winthrop): 9-7 Zoltan Csanadi/Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. #8 Roger Anderson/Scott Schnugg (Ga.Tech): 8-3 Zoltan Csanadi/Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Matt Cloer/Rodrigo Laub (FSU): 8-2 Zoltan Csanadi/Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Alex Herrara/Romain Jurd (FSU): 9-7 Zoltan Csanadi/Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Nicholas Monroe/Daniel Pinchbeck (UNC): 8-5

Doubles (qualifying round) Joao Menano/Jason Pieters (Ga Tech) def. Patrik Binkowski/Calin Milos (ODU): 8-3 Viktor Koczan/Rodrigo Villarroel (Chas. South) def. Salman Mohammed/Niklas Oskarrsson (ODU): 8-6