Three Monarchs Ranked In Preseason ITA Men's Singles And Doubles Rankings

September 08, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 8, 2006

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Preseason ITA Men's Singles and Doubles Rankings released on Friday featured three Monarchs in the mix. CAA Co-Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Performer Harel Srugo (Kibutz Gazit, Israel) led the pack ranking 18th in the preseason singles poll. Junior Eidy Igarashi (São José do Rio Preto, Brazil) joined Srugo in the singles rankings at No. 78, while Srugo and senior Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) are featured in the doubles poll at No. 52.

Srugo played his way to a 27-7 overall singles mark last season and qualified for the NCAA singles tournament. In post-season action Srugo won his first match with an upset over ITA Senior Player of the Year and 10th-ranked Raian Luchici of North Carolina, but then fell in the tournament's second round to #30 Clement Reix of Clemson. The First Team All-CAA selection concluded the year ranked 26th.

Igarashi Igarashi, the 2005 CAA Rookie of the Year, finished out his second season with the Monarchs ranked No. 123 with a 24-12 mark. He played to an 8-3 singles record during the fall tournament season. He reached the Round of 16 at the University of Virginia Invitational, upsetting #51 Brandon Wai of Yale along the way, was a Round of 64 participant in the qualifying bracket at the Ralph Lauren All-American Championships, and reached the Round of 32 at the ITA Mideast Regional.

Srugo and Cancado team up for the first time as doubles partners this season. Last year, Srugo was ranked 46th in doubles with Alex Seleznev (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) compiling an 18-4 overall mark and a NCAA Tournament appearance. Cancado teamed with Igarashi in doubles for a 20-9 record and ranked as high as 10th in the regional poll.

The Monarch men's tennis team starts the season this weekend at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the University of Georgia. Next weekend the Old Dominion men's tennis team will play at the University of Virginia Invitational and Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational of Virginia Beach.