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ODU Tennis Starts Fast & Finishes Strong in 6-1 Victory Over JMU

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Release: March 30, 2014
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NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion University men’s tennis team defeated the Dukes of James Madison by a final score of 6-1. The feisty Monarchs bounced right back to their winning ways after their loss to a very talented No. 47 UNCW yesterday.  With the win the Monarchs improve to 12-6 on the year, while JMU falls to 5-9 overall.

The Monarchs held serve in doubles, getting two early wins to clinch the all-important doubles point. Zvonimir Podvinski and Koen Wiggemans made quick work of Alex Berdnikoff and Brett Moorhead (8-2). Carlos Lopez-Villa and walk-on Abdoulaye Camara also took care of business against the Dukes’ Maxi Brath and Sebastian Salinas (8-3).

No. 96 Lopez Villa was a real catalyst for the team, winning in dominating fashion against Robert Stirling of JMU (6-1, 6-0). ODU’s junior right-hander from Madrid, Spain was the only Monarch to go undefeated on the weekend.

Abdoulaye Camara picked up his fifth win since joining the team as a walk-on in February over Niels Kathol (6-2, 6-0).

Jonas Kuwert earned his sixth win in the No. 4 singles position in straight sets against Brett Moorhead (6-4, 6-1).

Zvonimir Podvinski dropped a set early but was able to come back and rally off two straight sets, including a third set tiebreaker, to win against Maxi Brath (4-6, 7-5, (10-8)). 

Koen Wiggemans struggled in the first set against Miljan Ruzic (7-6(8-6), 6-4), but proved his resiliency and was able to win the first set in a tiebreaker and a tight second set.

RESULTS
Old Dominion: 6   James Madison: 1
Doubles:
1. Miljian Ruzic/Robert Stirling (JMU) d. Jonas Kuwert/DanteTerenzio (ODU) 8-4
2. Zvonimir Podvinski/Koen Wiggemans (ODU) d. Alex Berdnikoff/Brett Moorhead (JMU) 8-2
3. Carlos Lopez-Villa/Abdoulaye Camara ODU) d. Maxi Branth/Sebastian Salinas (JMU) 8-3

Singles :
1. No. 96 Carlos Lopez-Villa (ODU) d. Robert Stirling (JMU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Sebastian Salinas (JMU) d. Dante Terenzio (ODU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) d. Maxi Brath (JMU) 4-6, 7-5, (10-8)
4. Jonas Kuwert (ODU) d. Brett Moorhead (JMU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Koen Wiggemans (ODU) d. Miljan Ruzic (JMU) 7-6(8-6), 6-4
6. Abdoulaye Camara (ODU) d. Niels Kathol (JMU) 6-2, 6-0

NEXT UP FOR THE TENNIS MONARCHS
Next weekend the Monarchs will travel to Mobile Ala. to face-off against South Alabama on Saturday April 5. The following day they will travel down the road to Birmingham to square off against Conference USA foe UAB. 

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