HARRISONBURG, Va., April 9, 2010 - James Madison used a doubles sweep and wins in the first three singles matches en route to a 5-2 men's tennis victory over Richmond on Saturday at Hillside Courts.
Sophomores Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) and Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual), along with senior Yaroslav Voznenko (Kherson, Ukraine/Kherson Technical) each went 2-0 against UR with wins in both singles and doubles play.
The Dukes won for the fifth straight time and improved to 11-5 this season, while the Spiders dropped its fourth consecutive match to fall to 5-10.
In doubles play, the Dukes jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking all three matches. Senior Matt King (Lorton, Va./Robinson (Old Dominion)) and Pool defeated A.J. Nelson and Rafa Arana, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles to give JMU the early advantage.
Vladimirsky and junior Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France/Aux Lazaristes Minimes (Wayne State)) clinched the doubles point at No. 1 with an 8-4 victory against Sebastien Fauchet and Jesse Feder.
The Dukes completed the sweep with an 8-5 decision at No. 3 that favored sophomore Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier (Auburn Montgomery)) and Voznenko over Zach Carl and Dylan Schrode.
JMU won four of six singles matches, including the first three to seal the team win.
Pool doubled the lead to 2-0 after he cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 4 over Justin Baker, and Voznenko made it 3-0 when he took down Carl at No. 6 by a score of 6-4, 6-0. Junior Jovan Milic (Belgrade, Serbia/Belgrade Sports School) won the decisive fourth point for the Dukes with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Schrode at No. 5.
The final three matches all came down to the wire, with all going to three-set super-breakers. Richmond cut into JMU's lead when Nelson rallied for a 1-6, 7-6(4), 10-8 win versus Sentenac at No. 3. Vladimirsky put the Dukes up 5-1 after downing Fauchet, 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-6 at No. 1, but the Spiders closed the match with a come-from-behind win by Feder, as he took a 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-7 decision from Moulin.
JMU returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Fairfax, Va., to battle Colonial Athletic Association foe George Mason.
James Madison 5, Richmond 2
Doubles (Order: 2,1,3)
1. Vladimirsky/Moulin (JMU) def. Fauchet/Feder (UR) 8-4
2. King/Pool (JMU) def. Nelson/R. Arana (UR) 8-3
3. Sentenac/Voznenko (JMU) def. Carl/Schrode (UR) 8-5
Singles (Order: 4,6,5,3,1,2)
1. Greg Vladimirsky (JMU) def. Sebastien Fauchet (UR) 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-6
2. Jesse Feder (UR) def. Bertrand Moulin (JMU) 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-7
3. A.J. Nelson (UR) def. Florent Sentenac (JMU) 1-6, 7-6(4), 10-8
4. Ryan Pool (JMU) def. Justin Baker (UR) 6-2, 6-0
5. Jovan Milic (JMU) def. Dylan Schrode (UR) 6-4, 6-0
6. Yaroslav Voznenko (JMU) def. Zach Carl (UR) 6-4, 6-0
Note: Singles Nos. 1-3 played third-set super-breaker since team match had already been decided.