HARRISONBURG, Va., April 6, 2011 - James Madison swept doubles and won each singles match in straight sets to take a 7-0 men's tennis victory against Howard on Wednesday afternoon at Hillside Courts.
Five JMU players went 2-0 with victories in both singles and doubles as the Dukes (10-5) won for the fourth straight time, while the Bison (6-8) fell for the first time in three matches.
In doubles play, JMU dropped only three games en route to claiming the doubles point. Sophomore Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual) and junior Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France/Aux Lazaristes Minimes (Wayne State)) blanked George Diggs and Omar Haloui, 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Sophomore Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier (Auburn Montgomery)) and senior Yaroslav Voznenko (Kherson, Ukraine/Kherson Technical) clinched the doubles point for the Dukes with an 8-1 victory at No. 3 against Bogdan Dzakovic and Devard Wharton.
JMU completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 decision at No. 2 favoring senior Matt King (Lorton, Va./Robinson (Old Dominion)) and sophomore Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) over Eric Chavous and Tonique Merrell.
On the singles side, no Duke dropped more than six games total in the straight set victories. Sentenac doubled JMU's lead to 2-0 when he defeated Diggs, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3. Junior Jovan Milic (Belgrade, Serbia/Belgrade Sports School) upped the team lead to 3-0 after downing Merrell, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5. Moulin gave the Dukes the decisive fourth point and match victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 against Wharton.
Voznenko won 6-3, 6-3 versus Dzakovic at No. 6 and Pool took a 6-2, 6-2 victory from Chavous at No. 4. Vladimirsky closed out the dual match at No. 1 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Haloui to give JMU the 7-0 win.
The Dukes return to action Friday at Georgetown. The match is set for a 3 p.m. start in Washington, D.C.
James Madison 7, Howard 0
Doubles (Order 1,3,2)
1. Vladimirsky/Moulin (JMU) def. Diggs/Haloui 8-0
2. King/Pool (JMU) def. Chavous/Merrell 8-1
3. Sentenac/Voznenko (JMU) def. Dzakovic/Wharton 8-2
Singles (Order 3,5,2,6,4,1)
1. Greg Vladimirsky (JMU) def. Omar Haloui 6-3, 6-3
2. Bertrand Moulin (JMU) def. Devard Wharton 6-3, 6-2
3. Florent Sentenac (JMU) def. George Diggs 6-2, 6-3
4. Ryan Pool (JMU) def. Eric Chavous 6-2, 6-2
5. Jovan Milic (JMU) def. Tonique Merrell 6-2, 6-2
6. Yaroslav Voznenko (JMU) def. Bogdan Dzakovic 6-3, 6-3