Cavalier Women's Tennis Downs Old Dominion

February 01, 2003
By ODU Athletics

Feb. 1, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Lady Monarch women's tennis team fell to the No. 33 Virginia women's squad defeating Old Dominion, 6-1, at the Boar's Head Sports Club on Friday night. With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 4-1 on the season, while handing the Lady Monarchs (1-1) their first loss.

The Lady Monarchs took home only one victory as fifth ranked junior Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel) defeated Henriette Williams in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, at first singles. The Cavaliers swept the rest of the singles matches.

Newcomer Kerstin Endlich dropped a 6-1, 6-2 verdict to nationally ranked Jennifer Tuchband at second singles while fellow newcomer Maretha Van Niekerk dropped a 6-2, 6-2 at third singles to Lori Stern. Virginia's Kristen James handed senior Julia Sotiriu (Wendelstein, Germany) a 6-3, 6-1 defeated at fifth singles, while the Cavalier's Bechliwanis sisters defeated Old Dominion's entries at fifth and sixth singles. Dora Dechliwanis gave freshman Coralie Hermann (Porrentruy, Switzerland) a 6-1, 6-1 loss, while Marta Bechliwanis downed Verna Munzinger, 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles play, Virginia defeated all three Lady Monarch doubles teams. Cahana and Van Niekerk fell 8-4 to Tuchband and Williams at first doubles. Second doubles duo of Endlich and Herrmann dropped an 8-4 match to James and Stern and the Bechliwanis sisters handed Munzinger and Sotiriu an 8-1 loss at third doubles.

The Lady Monarchs will look to rebound in their next match against Maryland in College Park, MD on Saturday, February 8th.

Match Summary:

1. No. 5 Nataly Cahana (ODU) def. Henriette Williams (UVa)  6-3, 6-3
2. No. 112 Jennifer Tuchband (UVa) def. Kerstin Endlich (ODU)  6-1, 6-0
3. Lori Stern (UVa) def. Maretha Van Niekerk (ODU)  6-2, 6-2
4. Kristen James (UVa) def. Julia Sotiriu (ODU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Dora Bechliwanis (UVa) def. Coralie Hermann (ODU)  6-1, 6-1
6. Marta Bechliwanis (UVa) def. Verena Munzinger (ODU)  6-0, 6-1

Doubles: 1. Tuchband/Williams (UVa) def. Cahana/Van Niekerk (ODU) 8-4 2. K. James/Stern (UVa) def. Endlich/Herrmann (ODU) 8-4 3. Bechliwanis/Bechliwanis (UVa) def. Munzinger/Sotiriu (ODU) 8-1

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