The 2020 ITA Kick-Off Draft was held on Thursday and the Old Dominion men's tennis team will compete in the Chapel Hill, N.C. regional, along with North Carolina, Georgia State and Elon on Jan. 24-27.
The final ITA Men's Tennis Rankings were released and Old Dominion was one of 42 programs to be represented on the team, singles and doubles rankings. In fact, the Tennis Monarchs were the only Conference USA team to be represented in all three categories.
Kijametovic and Musitelli are currently ranked No. 26 by the ITA for doubles and earned the Conference USA automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Doubles Tournament. The duo compiled an overall 23-8 record for the season and went 12-3 in dual matches in the No. 1 slot. They had wins over six currently ranked doubles teams. Kijametovic and Musitelli qualified for the ITA Fall Nationals and advanced to the semifinals. This tandem also earned First Team All-Conference USA accolades a season ago.
Aziz Kijametovic (Zivinice, Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Francois Musitelli (Dijon, France) of the ODU men's tennis team will take on the No. 2 seeded and nationally ranked tandem Maxime Cressy/Keegan Smith of UCLA on Tuesday, May 21 in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Doubles Championships.
"All that we accomplished in the past three years could not have been done without Sergey's hard work and determination for ODU athletics," explained ODU head coach Dominik Mueller. "He embraced being a Monarch and puts it on display every single day. He is doing a fantastic job with our players on courts and is one of the best assistant coaches in the country. We are blessed to have him at ODU and hope to keep him around for much longer. It's a well-deserved recognition for his work over the last three years and another milestone for our program."
Three Old Dominion men's tennis players earned Conference USA postseason accolades on Tuesday morning, as voted on by league head coaches and announced by C-USA officials. Aziz Kijametovic and Francois Musitelli were named to the First Team for singles, as well as doubles; while Jannik Giesse was placed on the Second Team for singles.
Aziz Kijametovic (Zivinice, Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Francois Musitelli (Dijon, France) earned an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Doubles Tournament on Tuesday, as announced by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee. 32 doubles teams will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships.
The No. 2 seed Old Dominion tennis team (13-10) fell to host Middle Tennessee (17-11) by a 4-1 score on Saturday afternoon in the Semifinals of the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship at the Adams Tennis Complex in front of 237 fans. The match was pushed back two hours from the original start time due to inclement weather.
The No. 2 seed Old Dominion tennis team (13-9) swept Southern Miss (8-9) by a 4-0 score on Friday night in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship at the Adams Tennis Complex. The match was pushed back several hours from the original start time due to inclement weather.
The No. 2 seed Old Dominion men's tennis team will take on No. 7 seeded Southern Miss on Friday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Men's Tennis Championship. The three-day event, hosted by Middle Tennessee, is set to begin Friday, April 19 at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The Tennis Monarchs enter next week's Conference USA Tournament (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) winners of five of their last seven matches. The C-USA Tournament bracket will be released on Monday.
"What an amazing Senior Day atmosphere first of all," said ODU head coach Dominik Mueller. "Monarch fans packed the Folkes Stevens Tennis Center and made it a special day to remember. Unfortunately, the result wasn't what we hoped for, but that's what you get when you play top teams every single time. I'm sorry for the seniors today, but thankful for all they have given to ODU and this program. They have been superstars on and off the courts and we will miss them. The good news is that the season is not over, we can finish out the regular season with a win tomorrow and fly to the conference tournament with a win."