March 26, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion tallied a quick pairs point and delivered straight-set wins at the top of its singles lineup to record a shortened 4-0 Conference USA victory over East Carolina on Wednesday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center.
The Monarchs, who have win six of their last eight matches, improved to 9-4, while the Pirates suffered their second-straight setback to drop to 9-8.
ODU promptly extended a 1-0 lead after doubles play by capturing three singles meetings, two in convincing fashion. Nikol Hristova and Marijana Novakovic cruised to 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-3 wins over Melis Tanik and Nicole LaDuca at the No. 1 and No. 4 positions, respectively. Ingrid Vojcinakova followed with a 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Michelle Castro at No. 2 to clinch the team triumph.
Because of a pre-match agreement by both head coaches, play was halted once the Monarchs secured their fourth point. The No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches featuring Maria Storozheva, Emily Groeneveld and Dana Gray were stopped in progress.
Novakovic and Vojcinakova teamed up for an 8-2 win over Castro and LaDuca to open doubles action at No. 2 before Hristova and Melissa Esnal Olguin got ODU off to a 1-0 lead by topping Gray and Storozheva by an 8-4 margin at the No. 1 slot.
East Carolina will play its first home match since March 6 when it hosts UNC Wilmington Saturday beginning at 12 noon at either the ECU Tennis Complex or ECU Indoor Facility.
OLD DOMINION 4, EAST CAROLINA 0
No. 1 - Nikol Hristova (ODU) def. Melis Tanik (ECU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) def. Michelle Castro (ECU) 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 - Ivana Vukovic (ODU) vs. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0, did not finish
No. 4 - Marijana Novakovic (ODU) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 - Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) vs. Emily Groeneveld (ECU) 4-2, did not finish
No. 6 - Nika Khomolovska (ODU) vs. Dana Gray (ECU) 5-1, did not finish
No. 1 - Hristova/Esnal Olguin (ODU) def. Gray/Storozheva (ECU) 8-4
No. 2 - Novakovic/Vojcinakova (ODU) def. Castro/LaDuca (ECU) 8-2
No. 3 - Khomolovska/Vukovic (ODU) vs. Groeneveld/Tanik (ECU) 7-7, did not finish
Team Records: East Carolina 9-8, Old Dominion 9-4