April 19, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (SMU) - The fourth-seeded SMU Mustangs swept fifth seed Old Dominion 4-0 in the Conference USA Championship quarterfinals on Friday. SMU advances to play the top seed, Tulsa, tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT.
SMU (11-9, ranked 72nd nationally) took the doubles point over Old Dominion (14-7, No. 73 in the nation) after winning two of the three doubles matches. Gaston Cuadranti and Alex Sanders defeated Albert Ochagavia and Jonas Kuwert 8-3 to get the day started. Arturs Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki, the No. 83 doubles pair in the nation, were upset by Carlos Lopez Villa and Can Cetinel, 8-6. SMU's top doubles duo had won its last eight decisions heading into Friday. Nate Lammons and Eduardo Razzeto (making their first appearance as a pair this season) clinched the first point of the match for the Mustangs with an 8-4 victory over Wesley Barrett and Tim Schweig.
Lammons kept the Mustangs' momentum going, winning the first singles match 6-4, 6-0 over Schweig. Cuadranti then earned his seventh win of the spring by defeating Ochagavia 6-2, 6-2. Nowicki then clinched victory for SMU by beating Zvonimir Podvinski 6-4, 6-4.
"We always try to play our best tennis at the end of the year and today we did that," Head Coach Carl Neufeld said. "It was a total team effort over a good Old Dominion team."
SMU will now turn its focus to the top seed in the tournament, Tulsa. The two teams met on March 10, which resulted in a 6-1 victory for the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa is ranked 23rd in the nation. The match will start at 12 p.m. CT tomorrow and live stats are available here.
Tennis Match Results
Old Dominion University vs SMU
Apr 19, 2013 at Memphis, Tenn.
#72 SMU 4, #73 Old Dominion University 0
1. Arturs Kazijevs (SMU) vs. #114 Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) 6-7 (2-7), 2-2, unfinished
2. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) def. Albert Ochagavia (ODU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Pablo Perez-Esnaola (SMU) vs. Jonas Kuwert (ODU) 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
4. Alex Sanders (SMU) vs. Wesley Barrett (ODU) 4-6, 5-5, unfinished
5. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Tim Schweig (ODU) 6-4, 6-0
1. Carlos Lopez Villa/Can Cetinel (ODU) def. #83 Arturs Kazijevs/Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 8-6
2. Gaston Cuadranti/Alex Sanders (SMU) def. Albert Ochagavia/Jonas Kuwert (ODU) 8-3
3. Nate Lammons/Eduardo Razzeto (SMU) def. Wesley Barrett/Tim Schweig (ODU) 8-4
Old Dominion University 14-7; National ranking #73
SMU 11-9; National ranking #72
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,2,5)