Men's Tennis Blanks N.C. State, 7-0
By ODU Athletics
April 1, 2003
RALEIGH, NC -- The Old Dominion men's tennis team blanked its eighth opponent of the season by defeating North Carolina State, 7-0. The win improves the squad to 12-6 on the year and also snaps a two-game losing streak.
The Monarchs opened play by sweeping the doubles competition. Freshman Adriano Mello (Londrina, Brazil) and junior Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) teamed up at No. 1 doubles earning an 8-5 victory over N.C. State's R.J. Murray and Val Banada, 8-5. Sophomore Izak van der Merwe (Kempton Park, South Africa) and senior Patrik Binkowski (Orby, Sweden) improved their doubles mark to 5-1 on the season with an 8-5 win over John Davis and Rehman Esmail at No. 2 doubles. Old Dominion completed the sweep as junior Calin Milos (Timisoara, Romania) and junior Niklas Oskarsson (Halmsted, Sweden) put away Will Shaw and Chris Mills at No. 3 doubles also capturing an 8-5 victory.
Only one singles match was pushed to more than two straight sets. Zoltan Csanadi and Izak van der Merwe each upped their dual meet record to 16-2 with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Csanadi edged out R.J. Murray, 6-3, 6-4, while van der Merwe, ranked No. 111 in the latest ITA Poll, downed Val Danada, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Calin Milos, playing at No. 3 singles, won his first set easily over Will Shaw, 6-1, but Shaw came back to tie the match up with a 3-6 win in the second set. Milos then captured the win winning the third set 6-1. Patrik Binkowski defeated the Wolfpack's Jon Davis, 4-6, 7-5 (7) at No. 4 singles, while Niklas Oskarsson handed Rehman Esmail a 7-6 (5), 6-2 defeat at No. 5 singles. Senior Salman Mohammed (Calcutta, India) wrapped up play by only giving up one game in his No. 6 match. Mohammed played to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Chris Mills.
The Monarch men's tennis team will return to action in CAA play, taking on #15 Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, April 5th In Norfolk.
1 - Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) def. R.J. Murray, 6-3, 6-4 2 - Izak van der Merwe (ODU) def. Val Banada, 6-1, 7-6(4) 3 - Calin Milos (ODU) def. Will Shaw, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 4 - Patrik Binkowski (ODU) def. Jon Davis, 4-6, 7-5(7) 5 - Niklas Oskarsson (ODU) def. Rehman Esmail, 7-6(5), 6-2 6 - Salman Mohammed (ODU) def. Chris Mills, 6-1, 6-0
Doubles: 1 - Adriano Mello/Zoltan Csanadi (ODU) d. Murray/Banada, 8-5 2 - Izak van der Merwe/ Patrik Binkowski(ODU) d. Davis/Esmail, 8-5 3 - Calin Milos/ Niklas Oskarsson(ODU) d. Shaw/Mills, 8-5