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ODU Falls in Season Opener to Ole Miss at ITA Kickoff Weekend, 4-2

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In the season opener, the Old Dominion women's tennis team (0-1) fell to Ole Miss (1-0) by a 4-2 score on Friday morning at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the campus of North Carolina, as part of the 2021 ITA Kickoff Weekend.
"I think we can hold our heads high after competing like we did today," said ODU head coach Dominic Manilla. "I thought Ole Miss is a very good team, so it is a very difficult first match of the year, but I think we learned a lot from it and we know what we need to do moving forward. Great job from Yulia and Alesya picking up a top 25 doubles win. Everyone battled for us, but we will have to be better tomorrow than we were today."
The Monarchs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point, in which ODU's No. 8 nationally ranked tandem Yulia Starodubtseva/Alesya Yakubovich downed the Rebels No. 24 ranked duo 7-6 (10-8). Also winning in doubles for Old Dominion were Holly Hutchinson/Tatsiana Sasnouskaya (6-3).
In No. 5 singles, ODU's Sasnouskaya picked up a straight set win over Alexa Bortles (6-4, 6-3).  
Old Dominion will be right back in action tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. EST in Chapel Hill, N.C. against either No. 1 nationally ranked North Carolina or Notre Dame in the Consolation Match.
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Tennis Match Results
Ole Miss vs Old Dominion
Jan 22, 2021 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
(Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
Ole Miss 4, Old Dominion 2
Singles competition
1. #39 Sabina Machalova (OM) def. #40 Holly Hutchinson (ODU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) vs. Tiphanie Fiquet (OM) 6-2, 5-7, 2-4, unfinished
3. Tereza Janatova (OM) def. Shahar Biran (ODU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Anna Vrbenska (OM) def. Alesya Yakubovich (ODU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
5. Tatsiana Sasnouskaya (ODU) def. Alexa Bortles (OM) 6-4, 6-3
6. Reka Zadori (OM) def. Brooke Pilkington (ODU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. #8 Yulia Starodubtseva/Alesya Yakubovich (ODU) def. #24 Sabina Machalova/Alexa Bortles (OM) 7-6 (10-8)
2. #44 Anna Vrbenska/Tereza Janatova (OM) def. Shahar Biran/Alexandra Viktorovich (ODU) 7-5
3. Holly Hutchinson/Tatsiana Sasnouskaya (ODU) def. Tiphanie Fiquet/Kelsey Mize (OM) 6-3
Match Notes:
Ole Miss 1-0
Old Dominion 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,5,6,4)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend