Men's Tennis Upended by Charlotte, 4-3
March 7, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University men's tennis team, still plagued by injuries, fell to Charlotte, 4-3, Thursday afternoon in an Atlantic 10 Conference match at the tennis courts on the Mount Vernon Campus of GW in Washington, DC. The loss was GW's first in A-10 play this season and dropped their record to 8-5 overall, 4-1 in league action.
In Thursday's match, GW took the doubles' point, winning two of the three doubles matches. The No. 1 team of Sam Salyer and Ryan Schlachter and the No. 3 team of Elliott Daniels and Ryan Hunter both won their matches, giving the Colonials the early point.
In singles play, GW started off strong, winning the first two matches to extend their point lead, 3-0. Freshman Yan Levinski, who once again took the place of an injured Mustafa Gencsoy and played from the No. 1 position, defeated Charlotte's Felix Bernhoerster, 6-1, 7-5. Levinski, who joined the team this spring, remains undefeated in singles play, running his overall record to 10-0, including a perfect 2-0 from the No. 1 position. Erik Hannah followed in the No. 2 position, with a victory over Brad Clinard, 6-3, 6-4, and is now 11-5 overall this season. Unfortunately, that would be the last point won by the host Colonials.
The 49ers took the final four singles matches. "Elliott Daniels kept our hopes alive by helping us win the doubles point and by being the last man standing before falling short in the third set [from the No. 6 position], 7-5." said head coach Greg Munoz.
The loss marks the first time the Colonials have dropped back-to-back matches in the 2008 spring season.
George Washington is traveling to Maryland today to face off against the Terripans, ranked 5th in the country. The match at home against Longwood schedule for Saturday has been postponed due to rain. The teams hope to reschedule for some time in April.