SMU Faces Old Dominion In C-USA Championship On Friday At 10 a.m.
April 17, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (SMU) - The fourth-seeded SMU Mustangs will face fifth seed Old Dominion on Friday at 10 a.m. in their first match of the Conference USA Championships hosted by Memphis.
SMU finished the spring ranked 72nd nationally in the ITA Rankings, holding a 10-9 record after winning six of its last eight matches. Old Dominion is 14-6 and ranked one spot behind SMU, sitting 73rd in the national rankings.
The Mustangs are paced in singles by Arturs Kazijevs, who boasts a 13-5 record at the No. 1 position. Mischa Nowicki also holds a winning record in singles at 10-7, playing all but one of his matches at the fourth and fifth spots. Gaston Cuadranti has won his last two decisions and Nate Lammons holds a 9-9 record overall.
Old Dominion is led by Carlos Lopez Villa, who has a record of 18-1 in the No. 1 position. The sophomore is currently ranked 114th in the nation. Three other Monarchs have double-digit win totals - Wesley Barrett (13-6), Albert Ochagavia (11-8) and Zvonimir Podvinski (10-6).
Kazijevs and Nowicki combine to give SMU the nation's 83rd-best doubles tandem. The duo holds a record of 12-4 this spring and has won eight straight matches. Cuadranti and partner Alex Sanders have also helped SMU's doubles dominance, going 8-4 in 2013. The Monarchs have gone 41-15 as a team in doubles play this season.
The two teams last met in Dallas on March 5, 1996, which resulted in a 5-2 victory for SMU.
Nowicki, an accounting major with a 3.7 GPA, was named to the C-USA All-Academic team on Tuesday.
The winner of Friday's match will take on the victor of No. 1 Tulsa vs. No. 8 UCF/No. 9 East Carolina at noon on Saturday.