GW Men's Tennis Earns 4-3 Victory Over East Carolina
Colonials Edge Pirates to Post First Win of 2013 Season
Feb. 1, 2013
MCLEAN, Va. - The George Washington men's tennis team picked up its first victory of the 2013 spring season on Friday with a 4-3 win over East Carolina at the indoor Regency Sport and Health Club in McLean, Va.
The Colonials (1-1) earned the doubles point with wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, then went on to post victories at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles to hand the Pirates (3-1) their first loss of the season.
"ECU came to play today and we still had some nerves, but in all it was a complete team effort that won the match for us," said head coach Greg Munoz. "You win as a team and you lose as a team. It took a lot of hard work this week, but we were able to establish a more physical presence on the court."
GW opened the match with an immediate 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point. The No. 2 pair of junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov - the No. 9 doubles team in the Atlantic Region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) - earned an 8-7 (4) victory over East Carolina's Damien Brenard and John Schmitt. The No. 3 tandem of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti handled the team of Ross Nigro and Patriek Wolterbeek, 8-4.
"Winning the doubles point for two straight weeks has been a sign that our teams are connecting well," said Coach Munoz. "We expect them to continue to get stronger and understand each other's strengths and weaknesses."
In singles action, Zelenkov downed Brenard at the No. 3 spot by set scores of 6-4, 6-2. Senior Alexander van Gils earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over Colin Roller in the No. 4 match and Thomsen defeated Blake Gregory, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 6 position.
Dias - the No. 96 player in the country - fell to ECU's Joran Vliegen, 6-3, 6-0, in the first-flight match. Fomin - who is ranked No. 96 - dropped a 6-4, 7-5 decision to Schmitt, and Lapentti fell to Wolterbeek at the No. 5 spot in three sets by scores of 6-1, 0-6, 1-0 (5).
GW returns to the court on Friday, Feb. 8 when the Colonials travel to Old Dominion for their first road match of the year. Action in Norfolk, Va., is slated for 1 p.m.
George Washington 4, East Carolina 3