Feb. 24, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - The George Washington men's tennis team upset a nationally ranked opponent for the third time this year with a dominating 6-1 win over No. 61 South Alabama on Saturday at the Piedmont Park Tennis Center.
The Colonials (4-3) are now 3-2 against top-70 teams on the year and will face their second in as many days in No. 60 Georgia State on Sunday.
Competing in its first outdoor match of the 2013 season, GW won a hard-fought doubles point and claimed five of six singles matches to defeat the Jaguars (2-5).
"The outdoor courts provided us with more time to set up our shots and we felt really good out there today," head coach Greg Munoz said. "In order to compete at this level we have to be physically and mentally prepared. The team played solid, steady tennis and outplayed opponents on each court."
GW opened the afternoon with the doubles point at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions. The No. 1 duo of junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Gils defeated South Alabama's Gerhard Gruindelingh and Juan Troglia, 8-3. Sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned a No. 3 victory over Alex Bernard and Blake Gregor by a 9-7 score.
Dias then went on to claim a 6-4, 6-4 No. 1 singles upset over Daniel Leitner, the No. 49 player in the country as ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Freshman Danil Zelenkov earned a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Cody Hall at the No. 3 spot, and van Gils defeated Gruindelingh in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, in the fourth-flight match.
In the No. 5 match, Lapentti downed Troglia, 6-4, 6-4, and Thomsen won a 6-0, 6-2 decision in the No. 6 match over Shayann Vaezzadeh.
The Colonials return to action against No. 60 Georgia State on Sunday at 9 a.m. Fans can follow live scoring of the match here.
George Washington 6, No. 61 South Alabama 1
No. 1 - Francisco Dias (GW) def. #49 Daniel Leitner (USA) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 - Alex Bernard (USA) def. Nikita Fomin (GW) - 7-6 (5), 6-1
No. 3 - Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Cody Hall (USA) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 - Alexander van Gils (GW) def. Gerhard Gruindelingh (USA) - 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
No. 5 - Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Juan Troglia (USA) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 - Ulrik Thomsen (GW) def. Shayann Vaezzadeh (USA) - 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 - Ulrik Thomsen/Alexander van Gils (GW) def. Gerhard Gruindelingh/Juan Troglia (USA) - 8-3
No. 2 - Daniel Leitner/Shayann Vaezzadeh (USA) def. Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) - 8-6
No. 3 - Francisco Dias/Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Alex Bernard/Blake Gregor (USA) - 9-7