GW Men's Tennis Knocks Off No. 67 Old Dominion, 4-3
Feb. 8, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. – The George Washington men’s tennis team upset No. 67 Old Dominion, 4-3, on Friday afternoon in the squad’s first road test of the season at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Colonials knocked off the nationally ranked Monarchs with wins at the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6 singles positions, three of which were earned in straight sets.
“Our intensity, focus and desire to win was evident from the start of the match,” seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz said. “We knew we had our hands full with two nationally ranked doubles opponents, but the team came out on fire and never looked back. Despite dropping the doubles point, everyone felt good and we knew we were able to win if we played hard.”
ODU (4-3) edged GW (2-1) at the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles spots for the first point of the match. The duo of senior Alexander van Gils and junior Ulrik Thomsen fell to Can Cetinel and Carlos Lopez Villa, the No. 23 pair in the nation as ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), by an 8-7 score. Junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov were also edged by an identical 8-7 score by Jonas Kuwert and Albert Ochagavia in the second-flight match.
The tandem of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti took down the No. 34 duo of Wesley Barrett and Tim Schweig, 8-3, in the third spot.
In No. 2 singles action, Fomin, the No. 96 player in the country, earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over the Monarchs’ Ochagavia. After dropping the first set in the No. 3 match, Zelenkov went on to earn a three-set victory over Dante Terenzio by scores of 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Van Gils handed Kuwert a 6-1, 6-4 defeat at the No. 4 spot, and Thomsen downed Zvonimir Podvinski, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6.
In the fifth-flight, Lapentti dropped a three-set match to Barrett, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, and Dias, the No. 76 player in the nation, was edged in a tiebreaker in the final set by Lopez Villa and fell, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, at the No. 1 spot.
“Alex, Nikita and Ulrik all came out fast and immediately changed the momentum of the match with straight-set victories,” said Munoz. “It is a great feeling to come together the way we did today. It was in no way an easy win, but everyone understands that we have to keep improving every day if we want to break into the top-75 in the nation.”
GW returns to the court at the ECAC Indoor Championships in Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 15-17.
George Washington 4, #67 Old Dominion 3
No. 1 - Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) def. #76 Francisco Dias (GW) - 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
No. 2 - #96 Nikita Fomin (GW) def. Albert Ochagavia (ODU) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 - Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Dante Terenzio (ODU) - 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 - Alexander van Gils (GW) def. Jonas Kuwert (ODU) - 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 - Wesley Barrett (ODU) def. Leonardo Lapentti (GW) - 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
No. 6 - Ulrik Thomsen (GW) def. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 - #23 Can Cetinel/Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) def. Alexander van Gils/Ulrik Thomsen (GW) - 8-7
No. 2 - Jonas Kuwert/Albert Ochagavia (ODU) def. Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov(GW) - 8-7
No. 3 - Francisco Dias/Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. #34 Wesley Barrett/Tim Schweig (ODU) - 8-3