March 1, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Matching up for the second time in as many weeks, the 50th-ranked George Washington men's tennis team suffered a 4-3 setback to No. 33 Columbia on Friday afternoon at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center.
Facing their third straight nationally ranked opponent, and seventh this season, the Colonials (5-4) entered the match looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Lions (6-3) in the first round of the ECAC Indoor Championship on Feb. 15.
In its first match since earning the No. 50 ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), GW won the doubles point and claimed victories at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, but it was not enough to hold of Columbia's furious comeback.
"It was a tight match as we expected, but we improved from our last meeting and won the doubles point," said head coach Greg Munoz. "I think we showed once again that we can compete with any ranked team, but if we want to win these matches we will have to continue to clean up our game."
The No. 2 doubles team of junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov earned an 8-4 victory over the Lions' Nathaniel Gery and Winston Lin, and the No. 3 tandem of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti downed Dragos Ignat and Eric Rubin, 8-4.
Entering singles play with the one-point advantage, Fomin and Zelenkov were the only Colonials' players able to produce victories. In the No. 2 spot, Fomin defeated Ignat, 6-3, 6-2. Zelenkov earned a three-set victory over Narayana in third-flight action by scores of 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.
Dias, who made his way back into the national rankings at the No. 114 slot, fell to the 36th-ranked Lin, 7-6 (4), 7-5, in the No. 1 singles match. In the No. 4 match, Alexander van Gils fell to Schnur, 7-6 (9), 6-4, and Lapentti dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Rubin at the No. 5 spot. In the sixth flight, Ulrik Thomsen lost to Bert Vancura, 7-5, 6-4.
GW looks to bounce back when it travels to Temple on Saturday to open Atlantic 10 play. Action at TU Pavillion is slated for 2 p.m.
#33 Columbia 4, #50 George Washington 3
No. 1 - #36 Winston Lin (CU) def. #114 Francisco Dias (GW) - 7-6 (4), 7-5
No. 2 - Nikita Fomin (GW) def. Dragos Ignat (CU) - 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 - Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Ashok Narayana (CU) - 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
No. 4 - Max Schnur (CU) def. Alexander van Gils (GW) - 7-6 (9) , 6-4
No. 5 - Eric Rubin (CU) def. Leonardo Lapentti (GW) - 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 - Bert Vancura (CU) def. Ulrik Thomsen (GW) - 7-5, 6-4
No. 1 - #22 Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (CU) def. Ulrik Thomsen/Alexander van Gils (GW) - 8-1
No. 2 - Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Nathaniel Gery/Winston Lin (CU) - 8-4
No. 3 - Francisco Dias/Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Dragos Ignat/Eric Rubin (CU) - 8-4