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Women's Tennis Splits Results At Opening Day Of VCU 4-1 Invitational

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 04, 2005
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Feb. 4, 2005

RICHMOND, Va. - The Old Dominion women's tennis team spilt its results in the opening day of the VCU 4-1 Invitational held at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. The Lady Monarchs dropped a 1-3 decision to East Carolina in their first match of the evening, but returned to action to down George Mason for a second time this season, 3-1. The women's tennis team's mark moves to 5-1.

The event, which features 12 teams that will play a total of 20 matches over the weekend, utilizes a 4-1 format, meaning each team will play four singles and one doubles match. The Lady Monarchs will take on Longwood and Georgetown on Sunday.

In the evening's first match, the loss to East Carolina, Old Dominion picked up its lone victory at No. 4 singles. Sophomore Barbara Kerner (Herxheim, Germany) defeated the Pirate's Luiza Borges in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5. The match loss was the first for the Lady Monarchs this season after opening the season with four straight victories.

In the following match, Old Dominion swept the four singles matches. Playing at No. 1 singles, Larissa Santos (Florianopolis, Brazil) edged out Mason's Andreea Fusea, 6-4, 6-4, while Fernada Luiz (Nova Lima, Brazil) captured a 6-1, 6-1 win over Marciel Ball at No. 2 singles. Kerner earned her second victory of the day with a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Jamie Debrie at No. 4 singles, while Barbara Costa (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) was ahead in her match at No. 3 singles against Jenn Dektas, 6-0. 3-6. 4-1, when play was called.

The win marked the second victory over the Patriots this season as the Lady Monarchs blanked George Mason, 7-0, last weekend in a dual meet at Center Court Racket Club in Newport News.

East Carolina 3, Old Dominion 1

Singles:

1. Gillie Bailey (ECU) def. Larissa Santos (ODU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Mireia Gol (ECU) vs. Fernanda Luiz (ODU) 4-6, 7-5 DNF
3. Viktoria Raluca (ECU) def. Barbara Costa (ODU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
4. Barbara Kerner (ODU) def. Luiza Borges (ECU) 7-5, 7-5

Doubles:

Old Dominion defaulted - did not have enough players

Old Dominion 3, George Mason 1

Singles:

1. Larissa Santos (ODU) def. Andreea Fusea 6-4, 6-4
2. Fernanda Luiz (ODU) def Marciel Ball (GMU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Barbara Costa (ODU) vs. Jenn Dektas (GMU) 6-0, 3-6, 4-1 DNF
4. Barbara Kerner (ODU) def. Jamie Debrie (GMU) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles:

Old Dominion defaulted - did not have enough players

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