Virginia Tech Sweeps Both Titles at 2000 Bell Atlantic Atlantic 10 Men's and Women's Tennis Championships
Hokies Win Fifth-Straight Title
April 16, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech shutout Temple University, 4-0, in men's tennis and 5-0 in women's tennis to claim its fifth-straight Atlantic 10 Conference championship in both sports today at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. With the championship victories, both teams will advance to the NCAA Championships on May 12-14.

In men's action, Tech claimed the doubles point with Davor Dupljak and Saber Kadiri teaming up at No. 1 doubles to defeat Pero Pivcevic and Go Sasaki, 8-0, and Jay Bruner and Eddie Terzimehic defeating Krishane Pillay and Jenson Bascome at No. 3 doubles, 9-8 (7-4). In singles action, Tech's Gerard Baynham defeated Go Sasaki, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 singles, Bruner defeated Marty Underwood at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-2, and Kadiri won at No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-1, over Bascome.

No. 5 St. Bonaventure defeated No. 2 Duquesne, 4-1, to win the consolation round. The Bonnies won the doubles point winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, and won three singles matches (No. 1, No. 3, No. 5) to post the victory. Duquesne won at No. 4 singles for their only win of the match.

In women's action, Tech won No. 1 and Nos. 3-5 singles to claim the victory. Ines Khelifi defeated Tamara Truta 7-6 (7), 6-3 at No. 1 singles, Kristen Stubbs defeated Kathleen Pete, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3 singles, Antonella Pozzi defeated Tanya Zecic, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4 singles, Kristin Lanio won at No. 5 singles over Nadia Ramdass, 6-0, 6-0, and Bridget Bruner defeated Nina Kumar, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.

After dropping No. 1 singles and losing two points by default, UMass came from behind capturing No. 2-5 singles and No.1 doubles to win the consolation round of the women's tournament, 5-3.

Virginia Tech's Davor Dupljak and Ines Khelifi were named tournament's most outstanding players. Dupljak won two singles and a doubles match and Khelifi was 3-0 in singles competition, aiding their teams to championships.

St. Bonaventure's Villi Nurmi was named the men's rookie of the year and Virginia Tech's Kristen Stubbs and George Washington's Tracey Wei were named women's co-rookies of the year.

St. Bonaventure Coach Michael Bates was named the men's coach of the year, and Virginia Tech's Anne Jones Thompson was named the women's coach of the year.

2000 Bell Atlantic Atlantic 10 All-Conference Members

Rob Bakker (Xavier)
Leonardo Barbosa (St. Joseph's)
Gerard Baynham (Virginia Tech)
Jay Bruner (Virginia Tech)
Davor Dupljak (Virginia Tech)
Mikko Haulas (St. Bonaventure)
Jeff Keckley (Dayton)
Garth Levin (Duquesne)
Villi Nurmi (St. Bonaventure)
Krishane Pillay (Temple)
Steve Prisco (Massachusetts)
Pero Pivcevic (Temple)

All-Rookie: Villi Nurmi (St. Bonaventure)
Most Outstanding: Davor Dupljak (Virginia Tech)
Coach of the Year: Michael Bates (St. Bonaventure)

Ioana Dragan (Fordham)
Ola Gerasimova (Massachusetts)
Annie Hamilton (Massachusetts)
Ines Khelifi (Virginia Tech)
Katarina Kramaric (Temple)
Michelle Martaus (Virginia Tech)
Marla Pasquale (Rhode Island)
Kathleen Pete (Temple)
Kristen Stubbs (Virginia Tech)
Tamara Truta (Temple)
Tracy Wie (George Washington)
Sarine Weingarten (George Washington)

All-Rookie: Kristen Stubbs (Virginia Tech), Tracy Wei (George Washington)
Most Outstanding: Ines Khelifi (Virginia Tech)
Coach of the Year: Anne Jones Thompson (Virginia Tech)

2000 Bell Atlantic Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championships
Individual Results

Sunday, April 16, 2000 - Consolation/Championship Round

Match No. 25 - Consolation
#5 St. Bonaventure 4
# 2 Duquesne 1

No. 1 Villi Nurmi/Mikko Haulos (SBU) def. Garth Levin/Jason Mayer (DU) 8-6
No. 3 Markus Aruaja/Drew Crawford (SBU) def. Vincente Arias/Dan Somers (DU) 8-3

No. 1 Villi Nurmi (SBU) def. Garth Levin (DU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Ryan Vlizio (SBU) def. Jason Mayer (DU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
No. 4 Vincente Arias (DU) def. Mark Gorski (SBU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Drew Crawford (SBU) def. Dan Somers (DU) 6-2, 6-3

Match No. 27 - Championship
# 1 Virginia Tech 4
# 3 Temple 0

No. 1 Davor Dupljak/Saber Kadiri (VT) def. Pero Pivcevic/Go Sasaki (TU) 8-0
No. 3 Jay Bruner/Eddie Terzimehic (VT) def. Krishane Pillay/Jenson Bascomb (TU) 9-8 (4)

No. 2 Gerard Baynham (VT) def. Go Sasaki (TU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 Jay Bruner (VT) def. Marty Underwood (TU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Saber Kadiri (VT) def. Jenson Bascome (TU) 6-1, 6-1

Women's Individual Results

Match No. 26 - Consolation
#4 Massachusetts 5
#3 George Washington 3

No. 1 Tracey Wei (GW) def. Ola Gerasimova (UM) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Helena Horak (UM) def. Ghada Skaff (GW) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
No. 3 Annie Hamilton (UM) def. Sarine Weingarten (GW) 6-1, 7-6 (3)
No. 4 Katie Stammen (UM) def. Susie Coggin (GW) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Robyn Lebovitz (UM) def. Katarina Stastny (GW) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 GW Wins by Default

No. 1 Gerasimova/Hamilton (UM) def. Wei/Weingarten (GW) 9-7 (1)
No. 3 GW Wins by Default

Match No. 28 - Championship
#1 Virginia Tech 5
#2 Temple 0

No. 1 Ines Khelifi (VT) def. Tamara Truta (TU) 7-6 (7), 6-3
No. 3 Krissy Stubbs (VT) def. Kathleen Pete (TU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Antonella Pozzi (VT) def. Tanya Zecic (TU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Kristin Lanio (VT) def. Nadia Ramdass (TU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 Bridget Bruner (VT) def. Nina Kumar (TU) 6-3, 6-0