GW Men's Tennis Rolls Richmond, 5-0, En Route to A-10 Semifinals
Victory Sets up Rematch With Third-Seeded Charlotte on Saturday at 1 p.m.
April 26, 2013
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.
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