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Men's Tennis Opens Spring Season Sweeping Winthrop

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: January 22, 2006
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Jan. 22, 2006

RICHMOND, Va. - The Old Dominion men's tennis team opened the spring portion of its schedule on Saturday sweeping Winthrop with a 7-0 victory.

Five of the six Monarchs in singles collected wins in straight sets.

Junior Henrique Cancado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Rodrgio Santos at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Eidy Igarshi (São José do Rio Preto, Brazil), ranked 90th in the most recent ITA singles poll, defeated Jorge Padilla, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Newcomer Alexsander Seleznev (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) made his Monarch debut giving up only one game in his 6-0, 6-1 victory over Arthur Takahashi. Nate Grover (Suffolk, Va.), at No. 5 singles, took home a 7-6, 6-3 win over Alejandro Portugal. Additionally, sophomore Rodrigo Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) defeated Thiago Barbosa at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Harel Srugo also had his Monarch dual meet debut downing Vinicius Bortolatto at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.

The Monarch duo of Cancado and Igarashi kicked off the spring season by allowing Winthrop's Padilla and Portugal only one set. The 33rd-ranked Monarch doubles team at No. 2 singles earned the victory 8-1.

Also in doubles, Srugo and Seleznev teamed up for an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles against Santos and Takahashi and Grover and newcomer Matthew Sands (Nassua, Bahamas) defeated Barbosa and Bortolatto, 8-5.

The Monarch men's tennis team returns to action the VCU 4-1 Invitational on Sunday taking on James Madison and Richmond.


#1 Harel Srugo (ODU) d . Vinicius Bortolatto (WU) 6-0,3-6,6-1
#2 Henrique Cancado (ODU) d . Rodrigo Santos (WU) 6-3,6-2
#3 Eidy Igarashi #90 (ODU) d . Jorge Padilla (WU) 6-3,6-2
#4 Alexsandr Seleznev (ODU) d . Arthur Takahashi (WU) 6-0,6-1
#5 Nate Grover (ODU) d . Alejandro Portugal (WU) 7-6,6-3
#6 Rodrigo Souza (ODU) d . Thiago Barbosa (WU) 6-2,6-1

#1 Srugo/Seleznev (ODU) d . Santos/Takahashi (WU) 8-4
#2 Cancado/Igarashi #33 (ODU) Padilla/Portugal (WU) 8-1
#3 Grover/Sands (ODU) d . Barbosa/Bortolatto (WU) 8-5


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