No. 74 GW Men's Tennis Edged by No. 45 BYU, 4-3
Colonials Fall to Cougars in Season Opener
Jan. 20, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 74 George Washington men’s tennis team was edged by No. 45 BYU, 4-3, on Monday afternoon in the Colonials' season and home opener at the indoor Tose Family Tennis Center.
GW (0-1) picked up singles victories at Nos. 2-4, but was unable to overcome the doubles point loss to BYU (4-0).
“BYU played tough doubles, but the team fought hard,” said eighth-year Head Coach Greg Munoz. “We know we were so close with this match, but we learn and stay positive and look to compete hard against Cornell next weekend.”
The Cougars jumped ahead, 1-0, with doubles wins at Nos. 1 and 3. Junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas fell to Sterling Galli and Francis Sargeant, 4-6, in the No. 1 spot and the No. 3 duo of seniors Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen was defeated by Matthew Pearce and Jacob Sullivan, 3-6.
Dias won his season-opening match at the No. 2 spot with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jeremy Bourgeois. In his collegiate debut, Tverijonas earned a 6-4, 6-3 No. 3 singles win over Robin Pfister. Sophomore Danil Zelenkov posted the Colonials’ final singles win in the fourth flight with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Matthew Pearce.
Senior Nikita Fomin, who owns a ranking of No. 124, fell to the Cougars’ Sargeant, 5-6, 4-6, at the No. 1 spot. At No. 5, Svensson dropped a three-set match to Juan Canales, 6-5, 4-6, 0-6, and Thomsen fell to Aidan Carrazedo at No. 6, 4-6, 5-6.
The Colonials face their second straight ranked opponent when they travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to face No. 53 Cornell on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.
#45 BYU 4, #74 George Washington 3