Lady Monarchs Fall to Top Ranked Duke Tennis, 6-1
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 22, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. -- The ODU Lady Monarchs traveled to top-ranked Duke to face the Blue Devils in women's tennis action today, falling to the number one team in the nation 6-1. Junior Nadine Fahoum, ranked 21st in the nation, earned ODU's lone win at number one singles.
At #1 singles, Fahoum was matched up against #20 Reka Zsilinszka. The two nationally ranked players were in a tight battle, with the first set tied at 5-5, before Zsilinszka retired due to illness, awarding the ODU player the win.
With the quick lead, ODU looked to Joanna Dobrowolska at #2 singles, facing #91 Ellah Nze. Dobrowolska lost the first set, but nearly broke through in the second, forcing a tiebreaker before falling, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
The rest of the match would be relatively quick work for the Blue Devils as 80th ranked Amanda Granson defeated ODU's Irina Dementyeva at #3 singles, 6-0, 6-0 and three more Duke players earned straight set victories at #4, 5 and 6.
In doubles play, Fahoum and Dobrowolska won two games at #1, but were put away by Granson and Nze for the loss. Duke swept the doubles matches for the sixth point.
#52 OLD DOMINION at #1 DUKE UNIVERSITY
1. Granson/Nze (DU) def. Fahoum/Dobrowolska (ODU) 8-2
2. Plotkin/Zsilinszka (DU) def. Dementyeva/Pires (ODU) 8-0
3. Stiles/Gorny (DU) def. #44 Ivanova/Citic (ODU) 8-1
1. #21 Fahoum (ODU) def. #20 Zsilinszka (DU) 5-5, ret.
2. #91 Nze (DU) def. Dobrowolska (ODU) 6-3, 7-6 (5)
3. #80 Granson (DU) def. Dementyeva (ODU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Plotkin (DU) def. Ivanova (ODU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Clayton (DU) def. Pires (ODU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Stiles (DU) def. Citic (ODU) 6-1, 6-1