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CAA Tennis 1st Round

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          Release: 04/19/2012
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WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

NORFOLK, Va. (April 19, 2012) - Sixth-seeded James Madison, #7 Delaware and #8 Drexel posted victories in the first round of the Virginia 529 CAA Women's Tennis Championship on Thursday at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.

JMU defeated #11 George Mason, 4-0, Delaware downed #10 Hofstra, 4-0, and Drexel edged #9 Towson, 4-3.

The opening match of the day between Drexel and Towson was moved indoors due to wet courts, but provided a great deal of excitement. The two teams split the six singles matches. Drexel got victories at the top two spots as No. 1 Sonja Stosic defeated Aandria Carr, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 2 Zeynep Mafa topped Nani Lizana, 6-0, 6-2, and also got a win at No. 6 as the Dragons' Nicole Pivonka beat Ariel Burke, 6-3, 6-2. The Tigers responded with three wins from the middle of its lineup. No. 4 Ayana Dow was a 6-4, 6-4 victor over Emma Brook, No. 5 Andrea Sumlin knocked off Alex Bell, 6-2, 6-2 and No. 3 Nisha Shah outlasted Marcela Rosales, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

In the doubles competition, Drexel's Mafa and Stosic rolled past Dow and Burke at No. 1, but Towson's Samlin and Lizana responded with an 8-4 victory over Rosales and Elise Leizerovich at No. 2. The match was decided at No. 3 doubles where Drexel's Pivonka and Brook got past Shah and Carr, 8-4.

Delaware jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Hofstra by winning the double competition. The Blue Hens' top team of Samantha Carnall and Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom beat Elena Ivanova and Brooke Sailer, 8-4, and the No. 3 tandem of Olivia Heim and Kim Milla took an 8-3 decision over the Pride's Paige Polizos and Malissa Gilanchi. Delaware capped the match with a sweep in singles. Courtney Fenimore was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Gilanchi at No. 3, Sjoberg-Sundstrom rolled past Bianca Derrick, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 4 and Dorothy Safron picked up a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Sonia Tsay at No. 2.

In the final match, JMU earned the doubles point with a pair of 8-1 victories as the Dukes' top team of Kinsey Pate and Taylor Pinchoff defeated Ashley Delaney and Brooke Blackwell and the No. 2 duo of Michelle Nguyen and Katherine Bulling beat Liza Davis and Sara Novakovic. JMU wrapped up the match with victories from the bottom three singles spots. Pinchoff downed Victoria Zalewski, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4, Megan Douglass topped Kate Desiatnikova, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5 and Bulling beat Andrea Londen, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6.

In Friday's quarterfinals, #3 Georgia State faces #6 James Madison at 8:30 a.m., #2 UNCW meets #7 Delaware at 11 a.m., #1 VCU takes on #8 Drexel at 1:30 p.m. and #4 William & Mary challenges #5 Old Dominion at 4 p.m.

2012 VIRGINIA 529 CAA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

#8 Drexel 4, #9 Towson 3

Singles

#1 Sonja Stosic (Drexel) d. Aandria Carr (Towson), 6-1, 6-2

#2 Zeynep Mafa (Drexel) d. Nani Lizana (Towson), 6-0, 6-2

#3 Nisha Shah (Towson) d. Marcela Rosales (Drexel), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

#4 Ayana Dow (Towson) d. Emma Brook (Drexel), 6-4, 6-4

#5 Andrea Sumlin (Towson) d. Alex Bell (Drexel), 6-2, 6-2

#6 Nicole Pivonka (Drexel) d. Ariel Burke (Towson), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles

#1 Mafa/Stosic (Drexel) d. Dow/Burke (Towson), 8-1

#2 Samlin/Lizana (Towson) d. Rosales/Elise Leizerovich, 8-4

#3 Pivonka/Brook (Drexel) d. Shah/Carr (Towson), 8-4

 

#7 Delaware 4, #10 Hofstra 0

Singles

#1 Samantha Carnall (UD) vs. Elena Ivanova (HU) - DNF, 6-1, 4-3

#2 Dorothy Safron (UD) d. Sonia Tsay (HU), 6-3, 6-3

#3 Courtney Fenimore (UD) d. Malissa Gilanchi (HU), 6-0, 6-0

#4 Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom (UD) d. Bianca Derrick (HU), 6-2, 6-0

#5 Olivia Heim (UD) vs. Brooke Sailer (HU) - DNF, 6-3, 5-2

#6 Amanda Halstrom (UD) vs. Paige Polizos (HU) - DNF, 3-6, 3-3

Doubles

#1 Carnall/Sjoberg-Sundstrom (UD) d. Ivanova/Sailer (HU), 8-4

#2 Safron/Fenimore (UD) vs. Derrick/Tsay (HU) - DNF, 7-4

#3 Heim/Kim Milla (UD) d. Polizos/Gilanchi (HU), 8-3

 

#6 James Madison 4, #11 George Mason 0

Singles

#1 Kinsey Pate (JMU) vs. Ashley Delaney (Mason) - DNF, 6-2, 3-3

#2 Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) vs. Liza Davis (Mason) - DNF, 6-1, 3-1

#3 Michelle Nguyen (JMU) vs. Sara Novakovic (Mason) - DNF, 6-3, 5-2

#4 Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) d. Victoria Zalewski (Mason), 6-1, 6-0

#5 Megan Douglass (JMU) d. Kate Desiatnikova (Mason), 6-1, 6-0

#6 Katherine Bulling (JMU) d. Andrea Londen (Mason), 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

#1 Pate/Pinchoff (JMU) d. Delaney/Brooke Blackwell (Mason), 8-1

#2 Nguyen/Bulling (JMU) d. Davis/Novakovic (Mason), 8-1

#3 Douglass/Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) vs. Desiatnikova/Londen (Mason) - DNF, 3-4

 

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

 

NORFOLK, Va. (April 19, 2012) - Seventh-seeded George Mason and 8th-seeded Delaware recorded victories in the first round of the Virginia 529 CAA Men's Tennis Championship on Thursday at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.

Mason battled past #10 Hofstra, 4-2, for its first victory in the CAA championship since 1998. The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead with a dominating effort in doubles. The No. 2 tandem of Scott Keaton and Joe Wiggins earned an 8-3 win over Matt Gemmell and Antonio Pena and Mason's No. 3 team of Jimmy Davis and Taylor Sargent rolled to an 8-1 victory over Jason Sinkoff and Ryhann Gill.

The Pride battled back with a pair of victories in singles. Mason's Davis beat Ari Richman, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 2 slot and the Patriots' Wiggins topped Sinkoff 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6, but Hofstra got a 6-3, 6-4 win from Adrien Bailly over Keaton at No. 4 and a 6-4, 6-2 victory from Pena over Jordan Dyke at No. 1. Mason was able to close out the match at the No. 3 position as Jorge Osuna beat Gemmell, 6-3, 6-4.

In the opening match of the day which was played indoors due to wet courts, Delaware downed #9 Drexel, 4-1. The Blue Hens won all four of their singles matches in straight sets. UD's Adam Lawton posted a 6-2, 6-0 win over  Jeganathan Srinivasan at No. 2 and Jason Derene beat Paul Stauskus, 7-6 (1), 6-1 at No. 6. Also picking up wins for the Blue Hens were top-seeded Troy Beneck over Badr Ouabdelmoumen, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and No. 3 Andre Vorobyov over Skyler Davis, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 3. Drexel earned its point when No. 4 Bryan Nguyen got past Nolan Gelman, 6-4, 7-5. Doubles were not played in the match.

In Friday's quarterfinals, #3 UNCW faces #6 William & Mary at 8:30 a.m., #2 Georgia State meets #7 George Mason at 11 a.m., #1 VCU takes on #8 Delaware at 1:30 p.m. and #4 Old Dominion challenges #5 James Madison at 4 p.m.

2012 VIRGINIA 529 CAA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

#8 Delaware 4, #9 Drexel 1

Singles

#1 Troy Beneck (Delaware) d. Badr Ouabdelmoumen (Drexel), 6-4, 7-6 (4)

#2 Adam Lawton (Delaware) d. Jeganathan Srinivasan (Drexel), 6-2, 6-0

#3 Andre Vorobyov (Delaware) d. Skyler Davis (Drexel), 6-4, 7-5

#4 Bryan Nguyen (Drexel) d. Nolan Gelman (Delaware), 7-6, 6-4

#5 Ryan Kent (Delaware) vs. Dan Koehler (Drexel) - DNF, 6-4, 4-6, 3-1

#6 Jason Derene (Delaware) vs. Paul Stauskus (Drexel), 7-6 (1), 6-1

Doubles not conducted

 

#7 George Mason 4, #10 Hofstra 2

Singles

#1 Antonio Pena (HU) d. Jordan Dyke (Mason), 6-4, 6-2

#2 Jimmy Davis (Mason) d. Ari Richman (HU), 6-1, 6-3

#3 Jorge Osuna (Mason) d. Matt Gemmell (HU), 6-3, 6-4

#4 Adrien Bailly (HU) d. Scott Keaton (Mason), 6-3, 6-4

#5 Taylor Sargent (Mason) vs. Ryhann Gill (HU) - DNF, 2-6, 7-5, 2-1

#6 Joe Wiggins (Mason) d. Jason Sinkoff (HU), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

#1 Dyke/Chris Borden (Mason) vs. Bailly/Richman (HU) - DNF, 5-3

#2 Keaton/Wiggins (Mason) d. Gemmell/Pena (HU), 8-3

#3 Davis/Sargent (Mason) d. Sinkoff/Gill (HU), 8-1

 

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