#70 GW Men's Tennis Falls to #29 VCU, 4-2, in Final Match of Regular Season
Colonials' No. 1 Doubles Team of Thomsen, van Gils Knocks Off Rams' Nationally Ranked Pair
April 16, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. – The No. 70 George Washington men’s tennis team jumped out to a 2-0 lead over No. 29 VCU, but it was not enough to hold off its nationally ranked counterpart as the Colonials fell to the Rams, 4-2, on Friday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
Tuesday’s match pitted the Atlantic 10’s two nationally ranked programs against one another for the first time as conference foes. It was the regular-season finale for both squads, who could potentially meet again in two weeks at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship.
The Colonials (15-6, 4-1 A-10) took a 1-0 lead over the Rams (17-6, 3-0 A-10) after capturing the doubles point with wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. The first-flight team of junior Ulrik Thomsen and Alexander van Gils knocked off No. 30 Alexis Heugas and Dylan McCloskey, 8-2, and junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov teamed up for an 8-5 No. 2 doubles win over Michal Voscek and Max Wennakoski.
GW extended its lead to 2-0 when Zelenkov defeated the Rams’ Alejandro Argente in straight sets at the No. 3 singles spot, 6-1, 6-2, but the Colonials could not hold on to the early advantage.
Fomin dropped a tight 6-7, 6-7 battle to No. 29 Wennakoski in the top flight, and sophomore Francisco Dias was edged in three sets by No. 72 Heugas, 2-6, 7-6, 4-6, in the No. 2 match. In the No. 4 slot, van Gils fell to Voscek, 6-7, 3-6, and senior Leonardo Lapentti dropped a 4-6, 4-6 decision to Jaime Vazquez at No. 5.
The Colonials will now look to defend their 2011 and 2012 Atlantic 10 titles at the 2013 A-10 Championship, held from April 25-28 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
#29 VCU 4, #70 George Washington 2