Men's Tennis Hosts Louisiana Lafayette (Sat.) and No. 25 South Carolina (Sun.)
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion men’s tennis team (4-2) will host Louisiana Lafayette (6-4) on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m. and then will welcome the No. 25 ranked team in the country, South Carolina (7-1), on Sunday, Feb.11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. Admission to all home ODU matches is FREE.
Inside the Numbers for ODU
The Monarchs have an overall singles record of 22-11 and a doubles record of 14-4. Below is a glance at the success ODU has already had so far this season.
Aziz Kijametovic: 5-1
Jannik Giesse: 4-0
Francois Musitelli: 4-1
Vincent Schneider: 3-2
Javier Jover Maestre: 2-2
Jacob Nicolussi: 2-2
Michael Weindl: 1-0
Aziz Kijametovic/Fancois Musitelli: 4-1 (ranked No. 22 nationally)
Javier Jover Maestre/Adam Moundir: 4-1
Jannik Giesse/Vincent Schneider: 2-1
Jannik Giesse/Francois Musitelli: 1-0
Adam Moundir/Jacob Nicolussi: 1-0
Jacob Nicolussi/Michael Weindl: 1-0
Jacob Nicolussi/Vincent Schneider: 1-1
Meet Louisiana Lafayette
The Ragin’ Cajuns men’s tennis team is in the midst of their tenth season under head coach Mark Jeffrey. Jeffery, who ranks second all-time in wins among Cajun coaches, has his team off to a 6-4 start so far this season. During his tenure with Louisiana Lafayette, he coached his team into the top 75 nationally ranked teams on five different occasions – the highest one came in 2013 when they finished ranked No. 47. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, the Ragin’ Cajuns have also had nine players named to the Sun Belt All-Conference team for singles, 15 more players earned All-Conference honors for doubles, and won a Sun Belt Championship in 2014.
Meet No. 25 South Carolina
Head Coach Josh Goffi is currently in his seventh season as head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks men’s tennis team. Under Goffi, the Gamecocks have appeared in the NCAA tournament three times (’12,’13,’14) with their best finish coming in 2014 when they made it to the second round. Goffi also won a SEC Coach of the Year award in 2013, when he led South Carolina to an 18-11 record and a final national ranking of No. 18. On top of that, Goffi has brought in two Top-3 recruiting classes (2011, 2014), coached two All-Americans (2013, 2014) and led his team to a Top-50 national ranking in each of the last five seasons. So far this season, the Gamecocks are off to a 7-1 start led by two nationally ranked players – No. 87 Francisco Cerundolo and No. 95 Yancy Dennis.
Looking Ahead for ODU
Following their matches against Louisiana Lafayette and No. 25 South Carolina this weekend, the Monarchs will stay home and take on N.C. State on Friday, Feb. 16 at 1:00 p.m. EST. After that match, Old Dominion will be back in action for a double header against Richmond and Howard respectively on Feb. 18. The Monarchs will then hit the road for a match against Harvard on Feb. 23 in Boston, Massachusetts.