Tennis Monarchs Sweep Bucknell 7-0 - ODU Hits No. 59 Cornell Sun. (11AM)
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion men’s tennis team (9-4) took care of the Bison from Bucknell University (0-6) by a score of 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
Action got started with the Tennis Monarchs grabbing the double’s point, after Zvonimir Podvinski and Koen Wiggemans made quick work of Bucknell’s Scott Bernstein and Chris Tortora, 8-0. ODU’s tandem of Dante Terenzio and Abdoulaye Camara took down Jonathan DeFrancesch and Irwin Reibeisen, 8-5, clinching a 1-0 lead to get things rolling for Old Dominion on Saturday.
Old Dominion’s No. 56 Carlos Lopez Villa got back to his winning ways on Saturday by defeating a feisty Nick Bybel (6-3, 6-3). Lopez Villa is now 12-1 on the season.
Jonas Kuwert was the first Monarch to clinch a single’s point for Old Dominion, as he won his first set 6-2 and was leading the second 3-0, when Bucknell’s Aidan Lynch retired.
ODU’s senior Dante Terenzio handled Octavio Canibe 6-1, 6-2, giving his Monarchs a 4-0 advantage. Abdoulaye Camara moved to 4-2 in single’s play on the season, after beating Irwin Reibeisen in two sets 6-0, 6-3.
Zvonimir Podvinski picked up win No. 10 and is now 10-3 for the season, as the right-hander from Croatia was too much for Kyle Rosen (6-1, 6-3).
In what turned out to be the match of the day, ODU’s Koen Wiggemans proved to be resilient and outlasted John DeFransesch (7-5, 4-6, 14-12) to claim victory and give the Monarchs a dominating 7-0 result over the Bison.
ODU: 7 Bucknell: 0
1. No. 56 Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) d. Nick Bybel (Bucknell) 6-3, 6-3
2. Jonas Kuwert (ODU) d. Aidan Lynch (Bucknell) 6-2, 3-0 ret.
3. Dante Terenzio (ODU) d. Octavio Canibe (Bucknell) 6-1, 6-2
4. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) d. Kyle Rosen (Bucknell) 6-1, 6-3
5. Abdoulaye Camara (ODU) d. Irwin Reibeisen (Bucknell) 6-0, 6-3
6. Koen Wiggemans (ODU) d. John DeFrancesch (Bucknell) 7-5, 4-6, 14-12
1. Carlos Lopez Villa/Jonas Kuwert (ODU) dnf. Nick Bybel/Aidan Lynch (Bucknell) 7-6
2. Zvonimir Podvinski/Koen Wiggemans (ODU) d. Scott Berstein/Chris Tortora (Bucknell) 8-0
3. Dante Terenzio/Abdoulaye Camara (ODU) d. Jonathan DeFrancesch/Irwin Reibeisen (Bucknell) 8-5
Next Up for the Tennis Monarchs
Old Dominion will be right back in action tomorrow at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center, when they will take on nationally ranked (No. 59) Cornell at 11:00 a.m.
About No. 59 Cornell:
-Team record: 7-4
-Currently riding two-game winning streak after a 5-2 victory over No. 50 Nebraska on March 1.
-Ranked No. 59 in latest ITA poll.
-Head Coach is Silviu Tanasoiu in his third season at the helm at Cornell. Tanasoui led the team to a 14-8 record last season. He spent the five years prior as an assistant at Oklahoma and was named ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
-Cornell’s Stefan Vinti has a 6-1 singles record in the No. 1 slot for the Big Red.
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