GW Men's Tennis Upsets No. 60 UNC Wilmington, 4-3, for Second Ranked Win
Junior Ulrik Thomsen Clinches Match Over Seahawks at No. 5 Singles
March 1, 2014
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The George Washington men’s tennis team upset its second straight nationally ranked opponent on Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 win over No. 60 UNC Wilmington at the UNCW Courts.
The Colonials evened their record at 4-4 as they snapped the Seahawks’ four-match winning streak and handed the squad its first loss to an unranked team this season. After falling behind in doubles action, GW fought back in singles and junior Ulrik Thomsen clinched the match at the No. 5 spot to lift the Buff and Blue to their second win over a top-70 team for the second time in as many days.
“It was a very tough match with tough conditions as UNCW had a large crowd cheering them on,” said Assistant Coach Anthony Lee. “We felt like we had our backs against the wall early after getting off to a slow start in doubles, but these guys came out swinging in singles and fought extremely hard to get the win.”
UNCW (5-4) took a 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, but GW battled for singles victories in the Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 matches to secure the match win.
Senior Nikita Fomin rolled to a 6-3, 6-0, No. 2 singles win over Sam Williams, and classmate Viktor Svensson earned a 6-4, 6-1 decision at the No. 6 spot over Zach Hublitz. In the No. 3 match, sophomore Danil Zelenkov served Kaue Pereira his first loss of the season with a 6-2, 7-5 defeat, and Thomsen clinched the match for the Colonials in fifth-flight action as he took care of Karan Salwan, 7-5, 6-4.
GW goes for the weekend sweep on Sunday with a 12 p.m. match at East Carolina. Fans can follow live scoring between the Colonials and the Pirates here.
George Washington 4, #60 UNC Wilmington 3
No. 1 – #87 Rafael Aita (UNCW) def. #115 Francisco Dias (GW) – 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 – Nikita Fomin (GW) def. Sam Williams (UNCW) – 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 – Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Kaue Pereira (UNCW) – 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 – Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) def. Julius Tverijonas (GW) – 7-5, 6-3
No. 5 – Ulrik Thomsen (GW) def. Karan Salwan (UNCW) – 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 – Viktor Svensson (GW) def. Zach Hublitz (UNCW) – 6-4, 6-1
No. 1 - #28 Rafael Aita/Sam Williams (UNCW) def. Francisco Dias/Julius Tverijonas (GW) – 8-4
No. 2 – Pedro Mol/Kaue Pereira (UNCW) def. Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) – 8-4
No. 3 – Viktor Svensson/Ulrik Thomsen (GW) vs. Zach Hublitz/Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) – DNF
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