GW Men's Tennis Rolls Richmond, 5-0, En Route to A-10 Semifinals

The No. 3 doubles team of Francisco Dias and Leonardo Lapentti extended its unbeaten record to 16-0 with the win over Richmond.

April 26, 2013

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MASON, Ohio – Two-time defending champion George Washington men’s tennis routed Richmond, 5-0, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Championship at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.

The Colonials (16-6) are one step closer in their quest for a third straight league title with the sweep of the Spiders (13-12).  The victory sets up a rematch with third-seeded Charlotte in the semifinal round on Saturday at 1 p.m. Last season, then-fifth-seeded GW upset top-seeded Charlotte, 4-2, in the semifinals en route to its second straight championship match.

Though it is typically a race to four points in the conference championship, GW earned the 5-0 win over Richmond as juniors Nikita Fomin and Viktor Svensson completed their matches a matter of seconds apart. GW jumped out to a 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point to open the match, then proceeded to claim victories at the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 6 singles spots.

The No. 2 doubles team of Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov finished first as the pair downed Richmond’s duo of Jesse Feder and Paul Nahon, 8-3. The Nos. 1 and 3 doubles matches finished simultaneously, as junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Gils defeated the Spiders’ No. 1 tandem of Ethan Dunbar and Sebastien Fauchet, 8-4, and the No. 3 team of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned an 8-4 decision over Justin Baker and Dylan Trent.

Dias then pushed GW to a 2-0 lead at the No. 2 singles spot, avenging a loss to Feder from earlier this season with a 6-0, 6-2 victory. Zelenkov then earned the Colonials’ third point of the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-2 No. 3 singles win over Nahon.

Fomin defeated Dunbar, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 1 position just as Svensson secured the No. 6 victory over Baker by scores of 6-4, 6-1.

Follow the @GWMensTennis Twitter handle for live updates throughout the Colonials’ championship run.

#2 George Washington 5, #7 Richmond 0
No. 1 – Nikita Fomin (GW) def. Ethan Dunbar (UR) – 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 – Francisco Dias (GW) def. Jesse Feder (UR) – 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Paul Nahon (UR) – 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 – Alexander van Gils (GW) vs. Sebastien Fauchet (UR) – 6-4, 3-3 (DNF)
No. 5 – Leonardo Laneptti (GW) vs. Dylan Trent (UR) – 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (DNF)
No. 6 – Viktor Svensson (GW) def. Justin Baker (UR) – 6-4, 6-1

No. 1 – Ulrik Thomsen/Alexander van Gils (GW) def. Ethan Dunbar/Sebastien Fauchet (UR) – 8-4
No. 2 – Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Jesse Feder/Paul Nahon (UR) – 8-3
No. 3 – Francisco Dias/Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Justin Baker/Dylan Trent (UR) – 8-4



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