NORFOLK, Va., April 1, 2011 - Sophomore Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual) was the lone Duke to go 2-0 as the James Madison men's tennis team took down Colonial Athletic Association-foe Delaware 4-3 on Friday afternoon at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
JMU (9-5, 1-2 CAA) has now won three straight dual matches, while Delaware (6-5, 1-3 CAA) fell for the third time in four matches, all to league opponents.
The Blue Hens took the early 1-0 lead after winning two of three doubles matches, but the Dukes won four of the first five singles matches to claim the narrow win.
Chris Hincker and Courtney Scott gave UD the upper hand in doubles play with an 8-4 win against senior Matt King (Lorton, Va./Robinson (Old Dominion)) and sophomore Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) at No. 2.
JMU evened it up when Vladimirsky and junior Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France/Aux Lazaristes Minimes (Wayne State)) defeated Troy Beneck and Andre Vorobyov, 8-4 at No. 1.
The Hens claimed the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 3 by Robert Kay and Ryan Kent against sophomore Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/ Lycee Theophile Gautier (Auburn Montgomery)) and senior Yaroslav Voznenko (Kherson, Ukraine/Kherson Technical).
In singles play, the Dukes tied the match up at 1-1 when Pool cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Hincker at No. 4. Junior Jovan Milic (Belgrade, Serbia/Belgrade Sports School) gave JMU the lead it would never relinquish with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Marshall at No. 5, and Sentenac extended the lead to 3-1 after taking a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 versus Vorobyov.
Delaware cut the lead to 3-2 when Kent defeated Voznenko, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6, but Vladimirsky came back to rally for a three-set victory at No. 1 with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 decision against Scott to seal the match for JMU.
Beneck closed out the dual match at No. 2 with a three-set rally himself, downing Moulin, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
The Dukes return to action next Wednesday, April 6, when they host Howard at 3 p.m. at Hillside Courts.
James Madison 4, Delaware 3
Doubles (Order 2,1,3)
1. Vladimirsky/Moulin (JMU) def. Beneck/Vorobyov 8-4
2. Hincker/Scott (DEL) def. King/Pool 8-4
3. Kay/Kent (DEL) def. Sentenac/Voznenko 8-5
Singles (Order 4,5,3,6,1,2)
1. Vladimirsky (JMU) def. Scott 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. Beneck (DEL) def. Moulin 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
3. Sentenac (JMU) def. Vorobyov 6-4, 6-4
4. Pool (JMU) def. Hincker 6-0, 6-1
5. Milic (JMU) def. Marshall 6-2, 6-4
6. Kent (DEL) def. Voznenko 6-3, 6-4