RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 20, 2013 -- The James Madison men's tennis team opened the spring season 0-2 after falling in both of its matches in the VCU 4-1 Invitational. The Dukes fell 4-1 to No. 31 VCU in their opening match of the spring slate and later lost 4-1 to Richmond on Sunday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
In the 1 p.m. match-up against the Rams, freshman Robert Stirling (Caboolture, Australia/St. Columbans College) put a point on the board for the Dukes when he defeated junior Pascal Domnik in three sets. Stirling pushed to an early lead with a 7-5 victory, but Domnik took set two 6-3. In a decisive set three, Stirling battled to an 11-9 win.
Senior Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) picked up the only other singles point on the day for JMU when he defeated Richmond's Ethan Dunbar in the second match. Pool fell in set one, 3-6, before storming back to take both set two and set three 6-4, winning the point.
Both matches for senior Hugo Ramadier (Rome, Italy/Lycee Francais Chateabriand (Northern Arizona)) proved to be a show of resilience. While unable to capture a point, Ramadier saw both of his matches go to third sets. In his first singles match, against No. 113 Jaime Vazquez (VCU), he won the first set 6-4 before falling 6-7 and 10-4 in the final two. When facing Paul Nahon later in the afternoon, he dropped set one 6-1 before tying the match after a 6-1 win. He then lost 6-3 in the last set.
JMU will return to action on Friday, Jan. 25 against Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pa. Play is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Alpha Tennis & Fitness.
Match 1: VCU 4, JMU 1
Alejandro Argente (VCU) def. Ryan Pool (JMU), 6-3, 6-2
Michael Voscek (VCU) def. Greg Vladimirsky (JMU), 6-3, 6-2
Jaime Vazquez (VCU) def. Hugo Ramadier (JMU), 6-4, 6-7, 10-4
Robert Stirling (JMU) def. Pascal Domnik (VCU), 7-5, 3-6, 11-9
Alexis Heugas/Claes Goransson (VCU) def. Florent Sentenac/Bastien Russo (JMU), 6-3, 6-2
Match 2: Richmond 4, JMU 1
Ryan Pool (JMU) def. Ethan Dunbar (Richmond), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Jesse Feder (Richmond) def. Greg Vladimirsky (JMU), 6-3, 6-2
Paul Nahon (Richmond) def. Hugo Ramadier (JMU), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
Dylan Trent (Richmond) def. Robert Stirling (JMU), 6-4, 7-5