It's Another Upset: No. 26 Men's Tennis Edges No. 20 VCU, 4-3
March 24, 2007
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Old Dominion men's tennis team pulled off another upset. The No. 26 Monarchs defeated No. 20 and defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champions, Virginia Commonwealth, 4-3, on Saturday on the courts at Huntington Park for its biggest win this season.
The Rams had just entered the ITA Poll's Top 20, jumping 12 spots in the ranking released on Tuesday. Old Dominion, who moved up to its highest school ranking at No. 25, improved its overall mark to 12-4 and 2-0 in the CAA. Additionally the Monarchs won their fifth match against a ranked school.
The doubles point came down to the final match. The Monarchs went up 1-0 in doubles play following an Alex Selzenev and Eigy Igarashi win at No. 2 doubles. The ODU duo captured a 8-2 victory defeating the Rams' 66th-ranked team of Emil Lindgren and Sebastian Ripoll. However, VCU came back to win the next match posting an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles against the Monarchs' team of Rodrigo Souza and Yakov Diskin.
The doubles point came down to the top doubles position where No. 36 Harel Srugo and Henrique Cancado fought off Arnaud Lecloerec and Peter Olsak, 9-8 (1) to give the Monarchs their first point of the afternoon.
Virginia Commomwealth took the first singles point to tie the match up at 1-1. Sebastien Deridder defeated Yakov Diskn in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 6 singles.
Old Dominion won the next battle at No. 3 singles. Alex Seleznev defeated Sergi Arumi, 7-5, 6-2, to put the Monarchs ahead 2-1 in the match.
The Rams took the lead by winning the next two matches at No. 5 and No. 4 singles respectively. The match got tied at 2-2 with Georges-Alexandre Israel taking a 6-4, 6-0 win over Rodrigou Souza and then VCU went up 3-2 following Damien Lacombe's 6-3, 6-2 win over Eidy Igarashi.
Needing the wins at the top two singles positions, the Monarchs came through with both their ranked players taking home wins. First, No. 27 Henrique Cancado pulled off a three-set, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, win over No. 62 Arnaud Leclorerec, making No. 1 singles the deciding factor in the match. No. 17 Harel Srugo won the match downing No. 56 Peter Olsak, 7-6 (6), 7-6(6).
The Monarch men's tennis team returns to action on Sunday, March 25th when they take on Florida A&M at Huntington Park in Newport News.
No. 26 Old Dominion 4, No. 20 Virginia Commonwealth 3
No. 1 No. 36 Srugo/Cancado (ODU) def. Lecloerec/Olsak (VCU) 9-8(1)
No. 2 Seleznev/Igarashi (ODU) def. No. 66 Lindgren/Ripoll (VCU) 8-2
No. 3 Arumi/Deridder (VCU) def. Souza/Diskin (ODU) 8-3
Order of finish 2,3,1
No. 1 No. 17 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. No. 56 Peter Olsak (VCU) 7-6(6), 7-6(6)
No. 2 No. 27 Henrique Cancado (ODU) def. No. 62 Arnaud Lecloerec (VCU) 6-2,4-6,6-2
No. 3 Alex Seleznev (ODU) def. Sergi Arumi (VCU) 7-5,6-2
No. 4 Damien Lacombe (VCU) def. Eidy Igarashi (ODU) 6-3,6-2
No. 5 Georges-Alexandre Israel (VCU) def. Rodrigo Souza (VCU) 6-4,6-0
No. 6 Sebastien Deridder (VCU) def. Yakov Diskin (ODU) 6-3,6-4
Order of finish 6,3,5,4,2,1