No. 55 GW Men's Tennis Battles to Top No. 62 Louisiana, 4-3
Svensson Clinches for Colonials After Four-Hour Match With Ragin' Cajuns
March 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. - The No. 55 George Washington men's tennis team's match at No. 62 Louisiana-Lafayette proved to be a back-and-forth, four-hour battle, but senior Viktor Svensson clinched the bout at No. 4 singles to lift the Colonials to a 4-3 win over the Ragin' Cajuns at the Bourgeois Tennis Center on Monday evening.
After fighting back to claim the doubles point to open the match, GW (7-4) topped Louisiana (10-4) at Nos. 1, 3 and 4 singles for its first win over a ranked opponent since reentering the national rankings at No. 55 last week. Four of six singles matches were decided in three sets and the deciding doubles match was won in a tiebreaker as the Buff and Blue extended their road win streak to six matches.
"This was our most dramatic match this year," said Head Coach Greg Munoz. "We take every day one point at a time, one game at a time. Our mental strength is like no other and that is what kept us in it today."
The No. 1 doubles tandem of junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas defeated Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson, 8-5, but after the senior duo of Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen fell, 3-8, at the No. 3 spot, doubles between the Colonials and the Ragin' Cajuns were deadlocked. Senior Nikita Fomin and sophomore Danil Zelenkov found themselves down, 3-7, to Rick de Groot and Jake Wynan, but the No. 2 duo fought back to clinch the doubles point with a thrilling 8-7 (7-3) tiebreaker victory.
GW then went up 2-0 after Fomin rolled to a No. 1 singles win over Jake Wynan, 6-1, 6-2, but Louisiana secured its first point when Thomsen fell to Hunter Johnson, 4-6, 1-6, at No. 6. The Colonials went back up, 3-1, when Zelenkov downed Edgar Lopez in three sets by scores of 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, but Dias and Tverijonas both dropped three-set decisions as Dias was edged by de Groot in the second flight, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, and Tverijonas fell at the No. 5 spot to Damian Farinola, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6.
With the score knotted at 3-3, Svensson took the first set of No. 4 singles from Jarred Wynan, 7-6, before dropping the second, 4-6. With the match on the line, the veteran lifted GW to victory with a 6-2 win in the third set.
The Colonials continue their Spring Break swing through Louisiana on Wednesday at Tulane. First serve in New Orleans is slated for 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT).