No. 36 William & Mary Edges No. 23 Men's Tennis, 4-3
By ODU Athletics
April 4, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The No. 23 Old Dominion men's tennis team was edged out by No. 36 William & Mary, 4-3, in a marathon of a match that lasted five hours on Busch Courts in Williamsburg. The match was decided at No. 5 singles as the Tribe's Marwan Ramadan came from behind to defeat Rodrigo Souza, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-5.
The loss snapped a nine-match win streak for the Monarchs. They fall to 18-5 overall. The Tribe meanwhile upped its mark to 15-9 overall.
William and Mary started off the match by claiming the doubles point. The Tribe duo of Kavi Sud and Alex Suck struck first taking an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles over the Monarchs' Yakov Diskin and Rodrigo Souza. Old Dominion however tied things up as Eidy Igarashi and Alex Seleznev teamed for an 8-6 win at the No. 2 spot over Colin O'Brien and Pagon. The doubles point came down to the last doubles match featuring ODU's No. 16 Harel Srugo and Henrique Cancado against William & Mary's No. 42 Alex Cojanu and Keziel Juneau at the No. 1 postion. The Tribe prevailed to take the 1-0 lead with an 8-6 victory.
Old Dominion struck next tying the match at 1-1 following an Alex Seleznev victory at No. 3 singles. The second year Monarch defeated Keziel Juneau, 6-2, 6-0.
Following Seleznev's victory Old Dominion took a 2-1 advantage with Eigy Igarashi posting a 6-3, 6-3 win over Alex Zuck at No. 4 singles.
The next two matches went to the Tribe as William & Mary took a 3-2 edge in the match. Kavi Sud defeated Yakov Diskin, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 6 singles and Alex Cojanu pulled off the upset at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 decision over No. 25 Henrique Cancado.
The match got tied up again as No. 18 Harel Srugo used a No. 1 singles victory to knot the score at 3-3. The Monarchs' top singled player took the first set 6-2 against No. 100 Colin O'Brien, but the Tribes' top singles player took set number two 6-2 to force the third and deciding set. Srugo prevailed 6-3 setting up a fifth singles to decide the winner.
Souza managed to take the first set, needing a tie-break, 7-6 (6), but the Tribe's Marwan Ramadan took the next two sets, 6-4, 7-5 to give William & Mary the victory.
The Old Dominion men's tennis team returns to action on Saturday, April 7th taking on CAA rival Georgia State. The match, which begins at 2:00 p.m., will take place at Huntington Park in Newport News.
#36 William and Mary 4, #23 Old Dominion 3
No. 1 - #18 Harel Srugo (ODU) def. #100 Colin O'Brien (W&M) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 - Alex Cojanu (W&M) def. #25 Henrique Cancado (ODU) - 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
No. 3 - Alex Seleznev (ODU) def. Keziel Juneau (W&M) - 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 - Eidy Igarashi (ODU) def. Alex Zuck (W&M) - 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 - Marwan Ramadan (W&M) def. Rodrigo Souza (ODU) - 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 - Kavi Sud (W&M) def. Yakov Diskin (ODU) - 6-4, 6-2
Finishing Order: 3, 4, 6, 2, 1, 5*
No. 1 - #42 Cojanu/Juneau (W&M) def. #16 Srugo/Cancado (ODU) - 8-6
No. 2 - Igarashi/Seleznev (ODU) def. O'Brien/Pagon (W&M) - 8-6
No. 3 - Sud/Zuck (W&M) def. Diskin/Souza (ODU) - 8-5
Finishing Order: 3, 2, 1*