Women's Tennis Wins Fourth Straight With 6-1 Victory Over Penn State

March 26, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 26, 2003

BLACKSBURG, VA -- The Old Dominion women's tennis team won its fourth straight dual meet, posting a 6-1 win over the BIG 10's Penn State on Saturday afternoon. Nataly Cahana, ranked 18th in the latest ITA Poll, was the lone singles player to record a straight set win, defeating Megan Marton at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1.

The Lady Monarchs won five of the six singles matches, with Cahana's victory the only in straight sets. Rookie Maretha van Niekerk defeated Leigh Ann Merryman, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while senior Julia Sotiriu posted a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles against Judy Wang. Freshmen Coralie Herrmann and Verena Munzinger rounded out singles play. Herrmann used a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 match at No. 5 singles to down Sarah Spence and Munzinger registered a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 win over Lindsay Downing at No. 6 singles.

Old Dominion swept the doubles competition winning all three doubles matches. Cahana and Niekerk teamed for a No. 1 singles win over Leigh Ann Merryman and Maaria Husain, 8-4. Sotiriu and Herrmann defeated Judy Wang and Megan Marton, 9-8, at No. 2 doubles to capture the point. Endlich and Munzinger then helped sweep the doubles portion of the contest with a 8-2 victory over Sarah Spence and Lindsay Downing.

The Lady Monarchs, who improved to 6-6 on the year in the victory over the Lady Lions, will return to action on Saturday, March 29th at N.C. State.

Match Summary:


#1 #18 Nataly Cahana (ODU) def. Megan Marton (PSU): 6-1,6-1 #2 Maretha Van Niekerk (ODU) def. Leigh Ann Merryman (PSU): 4-6,6-4,6-1 #3 Maaria Husain (PSU) def. Kerstin Endlich (ODU): 6-1,5-7,6-3 #4 Julia Sotiriu (ODU) def. Judy Wang (PSU): 3-6,6-3,6-2 #5 Coralie Herrmann (ODU) def. Sarah Spence (PSU): 4-6,6-4,6-2 #6 Verena Munzinger (ODU) def. Lindsay Downing (PSU): 4-6,7-5,7-6


#1 Nataly Cahana/Maretha Van Niekerk (ODU) def. Leigh Ann Merryman/Maaria Husain: 8-4 #2 Julia Sotiriu/Coralie Herrmann (ODU) def. Judy Wang/Megan Marton (PSU): 9-8 #3 Kerstin Endlich/Verena Munzinger (ODU) def. Sarah Spence/Lindsay Downing (PSU): 8-2