Men's Tennis Wins 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Title Over Xavier
April 17, 2011
ST. LOUIS, MO - On the final day of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Tennis Championship, the top-seed George Washington men's tennis squad was victorious over defending league champion and second-seed Xavier, 4-0, on Sunday at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center.
"Depth and focus gave us our first title since 1979," said head coach Greg Munoz. "We were healthy and strong and the entire team showed up today. We are proud to bring GW a championship title. This is a great moment in the history of our program and I am proud of every individual."
The Colonials last won an A-10 title in 1979, with a team score of 61 points. In the finals of the tournament, individual champions Josh Ripple, Marc Bell, Matt Datta, David Schoen and Larry Small represented GW.
In singles action, senior Erik Hannah quickly took the upper hand over his Xavier opponent, defeating Mesa Mei, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 match.
At No. 6 singles, van Gils defeated Brian Starr 6-1, 6-3, to put the Colonials up 3-0 on the day.
Kushma, at the No. 3 singles match, clinched the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference title with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over MacDonald.
GW earns the automatic bid as the representative for the Atlantic 10 to the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship, with first and second rounds on 16 campus sites on May 13-15.