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Men's Tennis Opens Spring Season With 7-0 Win Over Norfolk State

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Release: January 20, 2005
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Jan. 20, 2005

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The #59 Old Dominion men's tennis team kicked off the spring dual meet season on Thursday afternoon blanking Hampton Roads rival Norfolk State, 7-0, at the indoor courts at Center Court Country Club in Newport News.

The Monarchs captured the doubles points, taking all three matches. The Monarch duo of Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) and Nate Grover (Suffolk, Va.), ranked 38th in the latest ITA poll, captured an 8-1 win over Norfolk State's top duo of Jakub Novak and Milan Juricka. Sophomore Herique Cancado and newcomer Julian Cirimbelli (Balneário Camboriú, Brazil ) blanked Pavel Suchy and Thomas at No. 2 doubles with an 8-0 victory, while newcomers Rodrigo Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ) and Eidy Igarashi (Balneário Camboriú, Brazil) picked up their first doubles win as Monarchs with an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles.

Old Dominion continued with a sweep of all six singles matches. Sophomore Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) earned a 6-3, 6-1 win at No.1 singles over Jakub Novak, while Eidy Igarashi played to a 6-2, 6-3 decision against Milan Juricka at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, Adriano Mello was victorious over Pavel Suchy with a 6-0, 6-4 win and Rodrigo Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ) earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Stephen Carter at No. 4 singles. Newcomer Rodrigo Souza (Kibutz Gazit, Israel) earned a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles, while Nate Grover wrapped up play with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles.

The Monarchs (1-0) return to action this weekend at the University of Virginia Indoor Invitational. Their next dual meet will be Wednesday, January 26th at Virginia. The Cavaliers are currently ranked 10th in the latest ITA Poll.

Doubles:

No. 1 No. 38 Izak Van der Merwe/Nate Grover (ODU) def. Jakub Novak/Milan Juricka (NSU): 8-1
No. 2 Herique Cancado/Julian Cirimbelli (ODU) def. Pavel Suchy/Thomas (NSU): 8-0
No. 3 Rodrigo Souza/Eidy Igarashi (ODU) def. DelCastillo/Stephen Carter (NSU): 8-3

Singles:

No. 1 Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. Jakub Novak (NSU): 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 Eidy Igarashi (ODU) def. Milan Juricka (NSU): 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Adriano Mello (ODU) def. Pavel Suchy (NSU): 6-0, 6-4
No. 4 Rodrigo Souza (ODU) def. Stephen Carter (NSU): 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 Julian Cirimbelli (ODU) def. DelCastillo (NSU): 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Nate Grover (ODU) def. Thomas (NSU): 6-0, 6-2

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