Monarch Duo Advances In NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament
By ODU Athletics
May 27, 2004
TULSA, OK -- Old Dominion's doubles team of junior Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) and senior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) advanced to the second round of the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Tournament on Thursday afternoon downing Baylor's tandem of Benjamin Becker and Matias Marin, 6-3- 6-3 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center of the campus of the University of Tulsa.
Both Becker and Marin were members of the the Baylor squad which captured the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Team title. Becker and Marin were ranked 23rd in doubles entering NCAA competition.
Van der Merwe and Csanadi were originally schedule to take Texas A&M's second seeded doubles team of Lester Cook and Ante Matiijevic, but the Aggie's entry withdrew leaving the Monarch tandem to face Baylor's entry of Becker and Martin. Matijevic was forced to withdraw from competition in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship due to an injury suffered in the Aggies' round of 16 team match against UCLA last Saturday.
Van der Merwe and Csanadi, currently ranked 15th, are making their second NCAA Tournament appearance and the win over the Bears mark their first NCAA victory. Last year, Old Dominion's doubles entry fell to Georgia's team of Nicholas Boeker and Bo Hodge, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, in the opening round.
In the round of 16, van der Merwe and Csanadi will face Simon Rae and Damien Spizzo from the University of Tennessee. The Vols duo, currently ranked ninth in the country, defeated Jonathan Endrikat and Brian Morton of UC-Irvine, 6-4, 6-3, in their first round match. For more information on the NCAA Men's Singles and Doubles Tournament including brackets and live stats, click here.