CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 5, 2012 -- James Madison men's tennis gave a strong effort on the first day of the 2012 UVA Fall Classic, collecting nine victories in 15 matches played.
As the No. 2 seed in the Black Singles flight, senior Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) went 2-0 on the day as he defeated Liberty's Egon Samaii 6-2, 6-4 and Penn State's Matt Barry 6-3, 6-1 to move into the semifinals. Pool is now a perfect 9-0 in the 2012 fall tournament season.
Senior Hugo Ramadier (Paris, France/Lycee Francais Chateabriand (Northern Arizona)) also went 2-0 on day one to move on to the Red Singles flight semifinals on Saturday. His first victory came against Norfolk State's Igor Braga in a 6-3, 6-2 sweep. In the quarterfinals, Ramadier battled to a 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over third-seeded Juan Ramirez of East Tennessee State University.
Also participating in the Red Singles flight, freshman Robert Stirling (Caboolture, Australia/St. Columbans College) lost in his round-of-16 match against Coastal Carolina's Garik Yedigarian 6-2, 6-4, but bounced back for a 6-1, 7-5 win over Morgan State's Evan Ward.
The two-seed in the White Singles flight, senior Greg Vladimirsky (Staten Island, N.Y./Broward Virtual) defeated Penn State's Ramy Labna 6-3, 6-1 in the round-of-16 before falling to Richmond's Dylan Trent 7-5, 7-5.
Vladimirsky contributed a second win for the Dukes on Friday, joining fellow senior Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier (Auburn Montgomery)) in doubles for an 8-4 win against George Washington's Ulrik Thomsen and Leonardo Lapentti in the Gold Doubles quarterfinals. Sentenac added his own singles win to the day when he overcame Guilleme Secanel (Liberty) 6-1, 4-6, 10-4.
The second day of the UVA Fall Classic begins with singles competition in the morning and an afternoon slate of doubles matches. Match play is set to start at 9 a.m.
Singles (Day 01)
Blue (Round of 16): (4) Duke Young Park (Morg St) def. Florent Sentenac 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Blue (Cons. QF): Florent Sentenac def. Guilleme Secanel (Liberty) 6-1, 4-6, 10-4
White (Round of 16): (2) Greg Vladimirsky def. Ramy Labna (Penn St) 6-3, 6-1
White (QF): Dylan Trent (Richmond) def. (2) Greg Vladimirsky 7-5, 7-5
Black (Round of 16): (2) Ryan Pool def. Egon Samaii (Liberty) 6-2, 6-4
Black (QF): (2) Ryan Pool def. Matt Barry (Penn St) 6-3, 6-1
Gold (Round of 16): Duwane Thomas (Morg St) def. Bastien Russo 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Gold (Round of 16): Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Maxi Branth 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Gold (Cons. QF): Bastien Russo def. Sergio Mourelo (Liberty) 6-3, 2-6, 10-8
Gold (Cons. QF): Maxi Branth advances with BYE
Red (Round of 16): Garik Yedigarian (CCU) def. Robert Stirling 6-2, 6-4
Red (Round of 16): Hugo Ramadier def. Igor Braga (Norf St) 6-3, 6-2
Red (Cons. QF): Robert Stirling def. Evan Ward (Morg St) 6-1, 7-5
Red (QF): Hugo Ramadier def. (3) Juan Ramirez (ETSU) 2-6, 7-6, 6-4
Doubles (Day 01)
White (QF): (1) Pool/Stirling advance with BYE
Black (QF): Thomas/Samaai (Liberty) def. Branth/Russo, 8-6
Gold (QF): (2) Vladimirsky/Sentenac def. Thomsen/Lapentti (GW), 8-4