Men's Tennis Upsets No. 38 South Alabama

Chris Reynolds
March 15, 2017

BOCA RATON, - Fla. - The George Washington men's tennis team upset No. 38 South Alabama, 4-3, to cap a pair of victories on Wednesday during a stretch of four matches in three days during spring break.

The triumph over South Alabama marks the first over a nationally-ranked opponent under first-year head coach David Macpherson.

The Colonials (11-5) began the day with a 7-0 sweep of UConn before outlasting South Alabama, 4-3.

GW started out strong, as junior Chris Reynolds and senior Fernando Sala took a No. 3 doubles win. Freshman William Tutecky and junior Christos Hadjigeorgiou then clinched the early point, taking the second-flight match to give the Colonials a 1-0 advantage.

South Alabama then took the lead, taking the Nos. 5-6 bouts.

Junior Chris Fletcher tied the match at 2-2 with a three-set triumph at the No. 2 spot, coming back from a first-set deficit. The Jaguars then came within one of clinching the match with a No. 4 win.

Junior Chris Reynolds was the next Colonial to complete singles play, rallying back from being down 4-2 in the third set to win in the No. 3 spot.

With the match knotted at 3-3, senior Julius Tverijonas clinched the upset, defeating the nation's No. 82-ranked singles player Tuki Jacobs in three sets to give GW a 4-3 victory.



In the morning, the Colonials took the early doubles point over UConn before sweeping singles play to take a 7-0 shutout triumph.

Playing in the top three spots respectively, Fletcher, Reynolds and freshman Dennis Afanasev were the first three to finish in straight sets.

Tutecky then won a straight-setter of his own at No. 5 before Sala and junior Jabari Stafford completed the sweep.

The Buff and Blue close spring break play on Thursday at Florida Gulf Coast. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

George Washington 4, #38 South Alabama 3
1. Soria/Cloes (South Alabama) def. Tverijonas/Fletcher (GW) 7-6 (3)
2. Tutecky/Hadjigeorgiou (GW) def. Jacobs/Marzol (South Alabama) 7-5
3. Reynolds/Sala def. Gingras/Noyon (South Alabama) 6-3

1. Julius Tverijonas (GW) def. #82 Tuki Jacobs (South Alabama) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2
2. Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Juan Cruz Soria (South Alabama) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Chris Reynolds (GW) def. Clement Marzol (South Alabama) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
4. Lion Cloes (South Alabama) def. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Pierre Noyons (South Alabama) def. Dennis Afanasev (GW) 6-4, 6-2
6. Lucas Gonzalez (South Alabama) def. Jakub Behun (GW) 6-4, 6-3

George Washington 7, UConn 0
1. Tverijonas/Hadjigeorgiou (GW) def. Goldstein/Toner (UConn) 6-0
2. Reynolds/Sala (GW) def. Hill/Valentin (UConn) 6-0
3. Tutecky/Behun (GW) vs. Appleton/Flanagan (UConn) Unfinished

1. Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Christopher Toner (UConn) 6-1, 6-2
2. Chris Reynolds (GW) def. Parker Goldstein (UConn) 6-0, 6-2
3. Dennis Afanasev (GW) def. Arnaud Valentin (UConn) 6-2, 6-3
4. Fernando Sala (GW) def. Jacob Appleton (UConn) 6-4, 2-6, (11-9)
5. William Tutecky (GW) def. Justin Warren (UConn) 6-4, 6-2
6. Jabari Stafford (GW) def. Hank Hill (UConn) 2-6, 6-3, (10-8)

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