Old Dominion Tennis To Hold East Coast Championship Tournament

October 04, 2001
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 4, 2001

NORFOLK, VA -- Old Dominion University will be hosting the East Coast Collegiate Championship Tennis Tournament. The 11-team men's field and 12-team women's field will begin play on Friday, October 5th with matches continuing through Sunday, October 7th.

The men's tennis team returns to action after remaining idle the last two weeks. The Monarchs opened play of the fall 2001 schedule at the William and Mary Invitational in Williamsburg, PA. Salman Mohammed (Calcutta, India) had perhaps the most successful outing for the Monarchs at the tournament posting a victories in both Flight 3 singles and teaming with Patrik Binkowski (Orby, Sweden) for two wins at Flight 2 doubles.

At last year's tournament, Mohammed reached the championship game in Flight B singles action with a 6-1, 7-6 setback to Andrew Wakefield of Purdue. Calin Milos (Timisoara, Romania) won the consolation bracket in Flight B singles with a hard fought 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win.

The Lady Monarchs return to the court following sophomore All-American Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel) and senior Ana Radeljevic's (Zagreb, Croatia) title wins at the Cissy Learie Invitational last weekend at the University of Pennsylvania. Cahana captured the singles title while she teamed with Radeljevic for the doubles crown.

Five Lady Monarchs reached championship games at the 2000 tournament. Cahana defeated fellow teammate and doubles partner Radeljevic in Flight A singles, 6-1, 6-0, while together they reached the championship game at Flight A doubles falling 8-2 to Lauren Dalton and Sheri Puppo of James Madison. Mily Kannarkat (Virginia Beach, VA) took home the Flight B singles title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shervin Saedinia of Syracuse. Together Kannarkat also teamed up with Patricia Araujo (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) for the Flight C doubles crown with a 8-2 win over Sarah Sachen and Emily Sutliff of William and Mary.

Other teams to be showcased at this weekend's tournament include Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) members George Mason, James Madison, and Virginia Commonwealth, winners of the 2001 CAA men's title. Fellow Virginia schools Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute, Radford, Richmond, as well as American, UNC-Pembroke, Catawba and Mt. St. Mary's will also participate.