Men's tennis and South Carolina meet in the NCAA opener on Friday

#54 Old Dominion (20-7) vs. #16 South Carolina (17-14) – NCAA First Round

Where: Raleigh, NC – JW Isenhour Tennis Center

When: Friday, May 3rd – 1 p.m

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NORFOLK, Va. – The 54th-ranked Old Dominion men's tennis team will take the courts at the JW Isenhour Tennis Center on Friday afternoon to face 16th-seeded South Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is 1 p.m. on the NC State campus.

A win for the Monarchs on Friday would give them a 5 p.m. match on Saturday against the winner of '14Th-Ranked NC State and 57thTh-ranked UNC Wilmington in the regional final.

“We are happy to be here. Playing in the NCAA Tournament is a privilege. South Carolina is a great team that made it through the SEC tournament. Our boys are looking forward to playing at the highest level of college tennis against the best in the country,” said ODU head coach Dominik Müller.

The Monarchs enter the tournament at 4-1 with a 4-1 win over Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt Championship on April 21. Freshman Connor van Schalkwyk leads the team in the spring with a 19-4 record, while sophomore Yanis Moundir has a 16-2 mark at No. 3. Sophomore Codie Rolland de Ravel is 15-6, freshman Aryan Saleh is 12-8 and junior Codie van Schalkwyk is 11-9 in singles.

In doubles, the duo Rolland de Ravel and Codie van Schalkwyk are in second place with 14:0, Maxime Mareschal-Hay and Moundir are in third place with 12:4, while Jakob Cadonau and Connor van Schalkwyk are in 8:1 Great.

Connor van Schalkwyk was named Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference singles, while he and Codie van Schalkwyk were selected first-team all-conference doubles. Rolland de Ravel was a first-team selection with Cadonau in both singles and doubles, while Moundir was named to the second-team all-conference squad.

The van Schalkwyk brothers have been selected to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship, May 20-25 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

South Carolina lost the SEC title game to No. 4 ranked Kentucky 4-2 on April 21. They defeated 19th-ranked Alabama, 15th-ranked Mississippi State and 6th-ranked Tennessee 4-2 each to reach the finals.

Casey Hoole and Toby Samuel are in 20th placeTh nationally in doubles and a 9-5 record in sports. Samuel is ranked sixth nationally in singles with a 19-5 mark this spring, while James Story is ranked No. 97Th with a 12-10 record and Hoole is 101st with a record of 19-19.

Samuel and Hoole also received bids to the NCAA singles and doubles championships. Samuel will be the fifth seed in the singles tournament, while he and Hoole have secured the overall spot in the doubles tournament.

These teams have met three times in history, with South Carolina winning the previous meetings. They last met in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, when South Carolina won 4-1 at Wake Forest.

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