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NORFOLK, VA . - The Old Dominion men’s tennis team (11-7) fell to a very talented No. 47 UNC Wilmington (10-4) squad today by a final score of 6-1. The Tennis Monarchs will be right back in action at the same place (Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center) tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. against James Madison.

The Monarchs fought hard, but were unable to capture the doubles point against UNCW today. Carlos Lopez Villa and Abdoulaye Camara were winning their match against UNCW’s Zach Hublitz and Christiaan Van der Burgh(6-4), before the clinch rule was called into effect to halt their action.

In singles, ODU's No. 96 Carlos Lopez Villa gave Rafael Atia (6-1,6-1) his fourth loss of the season, and snapped his three match winning streak in straight sets. The defending CAA Player of the Week was only able to capture two games against ODU’s No. 1 singles player in Lopez Villa.

UNCW: 6   ODU: 1

1. Pedro Mol/Kaue Pereira(UNCW) d. Jonas Kuwert/Dante Terenzio(ODU) 8-4
2. Rafael Atia/ Sam Williams(UNCW) d. Koen Wiggemans/ Zvonimir Podvinski(ODU) 8-4
3. Carlos Lopez Villa/ Abdoulaye Camara(ODU) dnf. Zach Hublitz/ Christiaan Van der Burgh(UNCW) 6-4

1. No. 96 Carlos Lopez-Villa(ODU) d. No. 69 Rafael Atia(UNCW) 6-1, 6-1
2. Pedro Mol(UNCW) d. Dante Terenzio(ODU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Sam Williams(UNCW) d. Jonas Kuwert(ODU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Kaue Pereira(UNCW) d. Zvonimir Podvinski(ODU) 6-4, 6-7(4-7), (10-6)
5. Santtu Leskinen(UNCW) d. Koen Wiggemans(ODU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Christiaan Van der Burgh(UNCW) d. Abdoulaye Camara(ODU) 6-3, 6-3

Your Tennis Monarchs will be back in action tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. to take on James Madison University at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center.

The Dukes will face off against Drexel and Norfolk State on their way to Old Dominion on Sunday.

JMU has played 12 matches in row on the road this season. They are coming of a 6-1 loss to William and Mary on Sunday.

James Madison is coached by Steve Secord, who was a key player on some of JMU's most successful tennis teams, enters his 18th season as the Dukes' head coach. During his playing days, Secord led the Dukes to two CAA Championships and two runner-up finishes.

Be sure to keep up with all the latest news regarding ODU Men’s Tennis on Facebook; as well as follow @ODUMensTennis on Twitter.


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