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MONARCH TENNIS PLAYER SCORES MAJOR UPSET

Old Dominion's Izak van der Merwe pulled off the upset in his first-round match at the 2005 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship as the senior Monarch defeated the tournament's second seed, Sam Warburg of Stanford, in a come-from-behind victory, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M.

Warburg was ranked No. 1 in the ITA Poll entering tournament play with 37-5 overall singles record and had reached the finals of the Icy Hot/ITA All-American championship and the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championship.

Van der Merwe's overall singles mark improved to 24-11 with the win as he prepares to take on Air Force's Shannon Buck in the second round. Buck, ranked 67th in the ITA Poll, defeated Josh Cohen of Miami in his first round match-up, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

Van der Merwe, a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year for the last two seasons, is ranked No. 37 in the nation by the ITA. He reached the semifinals of ITA National Indoors and made the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Main Draw. His win over Warburg marks his sixth victory over a ranked opponent this spring.

This article was posted on: May 26, 2005

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