HARRISONBURG, Va., April 12, 2012 - In its final regular season match before conference championships, the James Madison men's tennis team dropped Longwood 5-2 on Thursday. The win moved JMU to 11-9 on the season.
Madison started the match according to plan, winning the doubles point in the first two matches. At No. 3 doubles, senior Tommi Nissinen (Oulu, Finland/Kastellin Luki)) and junior Hugo Ramadier (Rome, Italy/Lycee Francais Chateabriand (Northern Arizona)) got the Dukes started, defeating Nobu Tanaka and Steed Johnson 8-5. Juniors Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar(Chattanooga)) and Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier(Auburn Montgomery)) followed in the No. 2 spot. They topped Harry Kelleher and Edward Becker 8-5, securing the doubles point for the Dukes. Senior Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France/Aux Lazaristes Minimes(Wayne State)) and junior Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual) completed the doubles sweep when they topped Daniel Elston and Giorgi Khmiadashvili 8-6 in the top doubles spot.
Nissinen kept the Dukes scoring going in the No. 5 singles spot. He earned the win over Kelleher 6-4, 6-2, to give JMU a 2-0 match lead. Sentenac scored another JMU point in the No. 4 spot by taking down Becker in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, to give JMU a commanding 3-0 lead with four matches left to play.
In No.1 singles, Tanaka began to show life for the Lancers. He beat Vladimirsky 6-1, 6-4 to give Longwood its first match point. Ramadier, however, put the match away for the Dukes in No. 3 singles. After dropping the first set, Ramadier battled back to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and ensured the JMU victory.
With the match effectively over, Johnson overcame the Dukes' junior Bastien Russo (Lyon, France/Notre Dame des Minimes(Shorter)) in No. 6 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, earning Longwood's second and final point of the match.
Pool defeated Khmiadashvili4-6, 6-4, 1-0 in No. 2, earning the Dukes' fifth point to close out the match.
Depending on its seeding, JMU will return to action either Thursday or Friday next week at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Norfolk, Va.
James Madison 5, Longwood 2
April 12, 2012
1. Moulin/Vladimirsky (JMU) def. Elston/Khmiadashvili 8-6
2. Pool/Sentenac (JMU) def. Kelleher/Becker 8-5
3. Nissinen/Ramadier (JMU) def. Tanaka/Johnson 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 2*,1
1. Tanaka (LW) def. Vladimirsky 6-1, 6-4
2. Pool (JMU) def. Khmiadashvili 5-7, 6-1, 1-0
3. Ramadier (JMU) def. Elston 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Sentenac (JMU) def. Becker 6-2, 7-5
5. Nissinen (JMU) def. Kelleher 6-4, 6-2
6. Johnson (LW) def. Russo 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1, 3*, 6, 2