WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 19, 2013 – With a 5-0 sweep of sixth-seeded Hofstra in the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals, the third-seeded James Madison men’s tennis team advances to the semifinals on Saturday, April 20. The Dukes will take on second-seeded William & Mary at 2 p.m. at Millie West Tennis Facility.
The Tribe received a bye through the quarterfinals and did not play on Friday.
The Dukes picked up the doubles point in straight matches. Seniors Bastien Russo (Lyon, France/Notre Dame des Minimes (Shorter)) and Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier (Auburn Montgomery)) started by blanking Pedro Gimenez and Joe Erichsen 8-0 at No. 3 doubles before seniors Hugo Ramadier (Paris, France/Lycee Francais Chateabriand (Northern Arizona)) and Greg Vladimirsky (Staten Island, N.Y./Broward Virtual) downed Ryhaan Gill and Matt Gemmell 8-1 at No. 2 doubles to clinch the point.
The No. 1 doubles match between JMU’s senior Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) and freshman Robert Stirling (Caboolture, Australia/St. Columbans College) and Hofstra’s Ari Richman and Adrien Bailly was discontinued.
Stirling, CAA men’s tennis Rookie of the Year, made quick work of Gill at No. 4 singles and won in straight 6-0, 6-0 sets to give JMU the 2-0 lead. He upped his dual record to 11-7 and has won seven of his last nine singles matches.
Fellow freshman Maxi Branth (Stockholm, Sweden/Tullinge Gymnasium) put the Dukes up 3-0 when he defeated Gimenez in two sets (6-1, 6-1) at No. 6 singles. He has won two straight matches and is 6-10 for the spring.
All-CAA First Team honoree Pool clinched an appearance in the semifinals for JMU with his win at No. 1 singles. He took down Richman 6-4, 6-1 to post his team-leading 12th dual win of 2013 and his third straight.
Ramadier picked up the fifth and final point of the day in two sets over Gemmell at No. 2 singles. He won 6-0 in set one before battling through set two to for a 7-6(5) victory.
Matches at No. 3 and No. 5 singles were left unfinished. Both were tied and in set three when they were discontinued.
On March 30, the Tribe defeated the Dukes 4-3 at William & Mary. The decision came down to the doubles point as both teams won three duals in singles competition.
#3 James Madison 5 , #6 Hofstra 0
1) Ryan Pool (JMU) d. Ari Richman (HU), 6-4, 6-1
2) Hugo Ramadier (JMU) d. Matt Gemmell (HU), 6-0, 7-6 (5)
3) Greg Vladimirsky (JMU) vs. Adrien Bailly (HU) – DNF, 6-0, 5-7, 1-0
4) Robert Stirling (JMU) d. Ryhaan Gill (HU), 6-0, 6-0
5) Florent Sentenac (JMU) vs. Joe Erichsen (HU) – DNF, 6-0, 3-6, 1-0
6) Maxi Branth (JMU) d. Pedro Gimenez (HU), 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 1*, 2
1) Pool/Stirling (JMU) vs. Richman/Bailly (HU) – DNF, 6-3
2) Ramadier/Vladimirsky (JMU) d. Gill/Gemmell (HU), 8-1
3) Bastien Russo/Sentenac (JMU) d. Gimenez/Erichsen (HU), 8-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2