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ODU tops NSU 6-1 in Spartans’ season opener

Old Dominion topped the Norfolk State men's tennis team on Friday evening by a 6-1 score in NSU's spring opener at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of ODU. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

Old Dominion topped the Norfolk State men’s tennis team on Friday, Jan 29, evening by a 6-1 score in NSU’s spring opener at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of ODU. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion topped the Norfolk State men’s tennis team on Friday, Jan 29, evening by a 6-1 score in NSU’s spring opener at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of ODU.

The No. 60 Monarchs won the third doubles and sixth singles spots by default due to NSU’s shorthanded lineup. ODU also won the top four singles positions, while the Spartans won a close match at No. 5 singles to prevent the sweep.

Because of the forfeit at No. 3 doubles, ODU (2-2) only needed to win one of the other two matches to earn the doubles point. The Monarchs did so at the second spot, where Zvonimir Podvinski and Jose Nunez Navarro downed sophomore Antonio Pejic and freshman Benedikt Henning, 6-0.

At the No. 1 spot, meanwhile, Jacob Nicolussi and Michael Weindl led the Spartan duo of sophomore Fatehdeep Singh and freshman Flavian Fernandez by a 4-2 score before the match was called.

Singh picked up the victory at the No. 5 singles position, defeating Nunez Navarro 6-2 in the first set before Navarro won the second, 6-3. In the third set tiebreaker, Singh pulled away by a 10-4 advantage for the victory.

Freshman Dan Dumitrascu nearly came away with the win at the No. 4 slot, dropping the first set to ODU’s Theophile Lanthiez by a 6-3 score. Dumitrascu won the second set, 7-6, including 7-4 in the tiebreaker. But Lanthiez, though, earned a 10-8 win in the third set tiebreaker to defeat Dumitrascu in his collegiate debut.

“We competed hard but ultimately ODU was focused and outplayed us at the top three spots tonight,” said NSU head coach Worth Richardson. “For our first match of the season with such a young team, it served as an excellent first step on the journey we are about to undertake.”

Podvinski earned the win at the No. 3 position over Pejic, 6-2 and 6-3. At the top two spots in the lineup, Aziz Kijametovic defeated Henning at the No. 1 slot, while Javier Jover Maestre took down Fernandez at the second position. Both ODU players won by identical 6-1 and 6-1 scores.

NSU will play at UNC Wilmington on Feb. 6 in its next match of the season.

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.