GW Men's Tennis Upsets No. 59 Dartmouth, 4-3, at ECAC Indoors
Colonials Top Highest Ranked Opponent Under Head Coach Greg Munoz
Feb. 16, 2013
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ITHACA, N.Y. - The George Washington men's tennis team defeated No. 59 Dartmouth in the back draw of the ECAC Indoor Championships on Saturday morning.
With the victory over the Big Green (3-5), the Colonials (3-2) downed their highest ranked opponent in head coach Greg Munoz's seven-year tenure and earned an upset over a top 70 team for the second time this season.
The three-day ECAC Indoor Championship is held at Cornell's Reis Tennis Center and is comprised of seven Ivy League teams - six of which are nationally ranked - as well as GW. The Colonials were seeded seventh while Dartmouth was seeded sixth.
"It feels good to win this match with a complete team effort," said Coach Munoz. "These tough matches against strong teams continue to make us better, and we have to work if we want to earn and hold on to a national ranking by the end of the season."
GW opened the day by claiming the doubles point with wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. The duo of junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov defeated Dartmouth's Cameron Ghorbani and Brendan Tannenbaum, 8-5, in the No. 2 spot, and sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned an 8-2 victory over Alex de Chatellus and Mike Jacobs at No. 3.
In singles action, Dias snapped a four-match skid with an easy 6-0, 6-3 first-flight win over the Big Green's Xander Centenari. Fomin earned a No. 2 singles victory over Chris Kipouras by scores of 7-5, 7-5, and Thomsen clinched the match for the Colonials with a three-set win over Justin Chan at the No. 5 spot by scores of 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
GW will face the winner of the Brown-Yale match on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the tournament's fifth-place match.
George Washington 4, No. 59 Dartmouth 3
No. 1 - Francisco Dias (GW) def. Xander Centenari (DART) - 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 - Nikita Fomin (GW) def. Chris Kipouras (DART) - 7-5, 7-5
No. 3 - Erik Nordahl (DART) def. Danil Zelenkov (GW) - 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
No. 4 - Brandon DeBot (DART) def. Alexander van Gils (GW) - 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 - Ulrik Thomsen (GW) def. Justin Chan (DART) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
No. 6 - Sam Todd (DART) def. Viktor Svensson (GW) - 7-5, 6-3
No. 1 - Xander Centenari/Brandon DeBot (DART) def. Ulrik Thomsen/Alexander van Gils (GW) - 8-2
No. 2 - Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Cameron Ghorbani/Brendan Tannenbaum (DART) - 8-5
No. 3 - Francisco Dias/Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Alex de Chatellus/Mike Jacobs (DART) - 8-2