RADFORD, Va., March 28, 2012 - With the match tied 3-3, junior Greg Vladimirsky took Radford's Nick Sayer, ranked No. 78 in the nation, three sets before falling, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Sayer's 11th straight win gave the Highlanders a 4-3 victory over the James Madison men's tennis team in non-conference action Wednesday at the RU Tennis Courts.
JMU started the match on the wrong foot, getting swept in doubles play to trail 1-0 early in the match. Sayer and Thomas Dahaen dropped the Dukes' Bertrand Moulin and Vladimirsky 8-1 in the top doubles position and Igor Ogrizek and Stijn Meulemans took down Tommi Nissinen and Hugo Ramadier 8-4 in No. 3 doubles, securing the point for Radford. Joe Mills and Patrick O'Keefe completed the sweep when they topped Ryan Pool and Florent Sentenac 8-2 in the No. 2 postion.
Meulemans gave RU a 2-0 advantage, defeating Sentenac in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 singles.
The Dukes began their comeback at No. 5, where Ramadier took down Mills in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to cut the JMU deficit to one. Nissinen knotted it up defeating O'Keefe in No. 6 singles by the same score.
The Highlanders regained the advantage at No. 4 singles. Dehaen topped Moulin in a hard fought 6-4, 6-4 decision but Pool struck back for JMU. He earned the victory of Ogrizek, 7-6, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.
Vladimirsky gave everything he had, but Sayer was able to overcome in the top spot, giving Radford the 4-3 victory with his three-set win.
The Dukes are back in action on Friday, taking on Delaware in a 2 p.m. matchup in Norfolk, Va.
Radford 4, JMU 3
March 28, 2012
1. Sayer/Dahaen (RU) def. Moulin/Vladimirsky 8-1
2. Mills/O'Keefe (RU) def. Pool/Sentenac 8-2
3. Ogrizek/Meulemans (RU) def. Nissinen/Ramadier 8-4
1. No. 78 Sayer (RU) def. Vladimirsky 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
2. Pool (JMU) def. Ogrizek 7-6, 6-1
3. Meulemans (RU) def. Sentenac 6-1, 6-1
4. Dahaen (RU) def. Moulin 6-4, 6-4
5. Ramadier (JMU) def. Mills 6-2, 6-2
6. Nissinen (JMU) def. O'Keefe 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 1, 3*, 2
Singles: 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 1*