TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 67 Old Dominion University women’s tennis team got back to their winning ways, as they toppled the Dukes from James Madison by a score of 5-2 on Monday afternoon. The Lady Monarchs advance their overall record to 7-3, while JMU falls to 5-2 on the year.
The Lady Monarchs got Monday’s match going by earning the double’s point, as Nikol Hristova and Melissa Esnal Olguin took down James Madison’s Taylor Pinchoff and Alex Huie 8-7 (1-0) in a tiebreaker. Clinching the double’s point for Old Dominion were the freshmen tandem of Ingrid Vojcinakova and Marijana Novakovic defeated Cara Wirth and Sarah Khan.
In singles, four of ODU’s six player players claimed victory. Playing at No. 1 for Old Dominion, Nikol Hristova was too much for Taylor Pinchoff (6-0, 6-1). At No. 2 singles, Ingrid Vojcinakova handled Alex Huie in straight sets (6-2, 6-2). At No. 3 singles, Marijana Novakovic came from behind and took down Emily Bradhshaw in a three-set thriller (2-6, 7-5, 6-3). Melisa Esnal Olguin picked up a straight sets victory at No. 5 singles, as she beat JMU’s Ruxandra Andiescu (6-3, 6-4).
No. 67 ODU: 5 JMU: 2
1. Nikol Hristova/Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) def. Taylor Pinchoff/Alex Huie (JMU) 8-7 (1-0)
2. Ingrid Vojcinakova/Marijana Novakovic (ODU) def. Cara Wirth/Sarah Khan (JMU) 8-5
3. Jacqueline Palmucci/Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) def. Nika Khmolovska/Faith Atiso (ODU) 8-5
1. Nikol Hristova (ODU) def. Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) def. Alex Huie (JMU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Marijana Novakovic (ODU) def. Emily Bradshaw (JMU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
4. Rachel Nelson (JMU) def. Ivana Vukovic (ODU) 3-6, 7-5, 10-5
5. Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) def. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) def. Nika Khmolovska (ODU) 6-3, 6-2
Next up for the No. 67 Lady Monarchs
The Old Dominion University women’s tennis team will be right back in action again on Wednesday against the No. 1 ranked Blue Devils of Duke University at 5:00 p.m.
About No. 1 Duke
-Ranked No. 1 in latest ITA poll.
-Team record of 11-1; only loss coming to No. 2 UVA (2/21). Have won three straight since loss to UVA including victories over No. 11 UNC and No. 25 Notre Dame.
-Beatrice Capra is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in women’s singles.
-Ester Goldfeld is ranked No. 19 in latest ITA poll in singles.
-Hanna Mar is ranked No. 44 in women’s singles.
-Alyssa Smith is ranked No. 92 in singles.
-As a pair Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar are ranked No. 4 in doubles.
-Annie Mulholland and Ester Goldfield are ranked No. 27 in doubles.
-Ester Goldfeld and Marianne Jodoin are ranked No. 43 in doubles.
-Head Coach is Jamie Ashworth who has been at the helm since 1997. Ashworth led Duke to 13 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and won the National Championship in 2009. Ashworth possess a 383-93 (.805) overall record and has reached the NCAA semi finals eight times.
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