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CHAMPS: No. 34 ODU Wins 10th Straight Match to Claim C-USA Title in 4-2 Win Over No. 45 FIU

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DENTON, Texas – In the title match of the 2021 Conference USA Championships, the No. 37 nationally ranked Old Dominion women's tennis team overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat No. 45 Florida International by a 4-2 score on Sunday afternoon at the Waranch Tennis Complex. With the win, the Monarchs earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which will take place on May 7-28.
Sunday marked Old Dominion's second ever conference championship and first ever in Conference USA, as the Monarchs won the CAA crown in 2001. The upcoming NCAA tournament appearance will be the third in program history, as ODU earned an at large bid in 2019.

"I am so pleased to be part of this match today and a part of this team," said ODU head coach Dominic Manilla. "Hats off to FIU, they came out and really fought hard. The whole day was impressive from our student-athletes. The way that we took the loss in doubles and then came back was special. To go home with the trophy is amazing. There is no team more deserving. I am at a little bit of a loss of words right now."
No. 76 Holly Hutchinson and Tatsiana Sasnouskaya won their doubles match 6-1; however, FIU claimed the doubles point with wins on courts one and three to take an early 1-0 lead.
No. 123 Hutchinson cut ODU's deficit to 2-1 after downing Kamila Umarova 6-1, 6-4. Brooke Pilkington tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Andreea Velcea. No. 64 Sasnouskaya gave the Monarchs their first lead of the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Basak Akbas. It was Alexandra Viktorovich who clinched the title for Old Dominion after defeating Kristina Miletic (6-2, 6-7, 6-1).
No. 1 seed ODU (12-4) has now won 10 straight matches, while outscoring its opponents 51-11 during the win streak. No. 3 seed Florida International entered Sunday's match with a perfect 12-0 record. Old Dominion has appeared in the last two Conference USA title matches.
The NCAA division I women's tennis selection show will take place on Monday, May 3 at 6 p.m. EST and will stream on
Tennis Match Results
FIU vs Old Dominion
Apr 25, 2021 at Denton, TX
(Waranch Tennis Complex)
#34 Old Dominion 4, #45 FIU 2
Singles competition
1. #123 Holly Hutchinson (ODU) def. Umarova,Kamila (FIU) 6-1, 6-4
2. #52 Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) vs. #107 Alcaide,Marina (FIU) 6-3, 6-5, unfinished
3. #64 Tatsiana Sasnouskaya (ODU) def. Akbas,Basak (FIU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Skrobonja,Andjela (FIU) def. Alesya Yakubovich (ODU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Brooke Pilkington (ODU) def. Velcea,Andreea (FIU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alexandra Viktorovic (ODU) def. Miletic,Kristina (FIU) 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Umarova,Kamila/Skrobonja,Andjela (FIU) def. #60 Alesya Yakubovich/Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) 6-1
2. #76 Holly Hutchinson/Tatsiana Sasnouskaya (ODU) def. Velcea,Andreea/Alcaide,Marina (FIU) 6-1
3. Akbas,Basak/Miletic,Kristina (FIU) def. Brooke Pilkington/Alexandra Viktorovic (ODU) 7-6 (7-3)
Match Notes:
FIU 12-1; National ranking #45
Old Dominion 12-4; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,5,3,6)