GW Men's Tennis Blanks Charlotte to Reach Fourth Straight A-10 Title Match
Second-Seeded Colonials to Face Top-Seeded VCU on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
April 27, 2013
MASON, Ohio - The George Washington men's tennis team looks to claim its third straight conference crown on Sunday after sweeping third-seeded Charlotte, 4-0, in the semifinals of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The second-seeded Colonials (17-6) defeated the 49ers (14-9) for the second straight year to advance to the finals, this time holding Charlotte scoreless en route to victory. It marks the fourth straight year the Buff and Blue have reached the A-10 title match, and they will face top-seeded conference newcomer No. 30 VCU, which defeated Xavier, 4-0, on Saturday.
Due to expected rain in the Mason, Ohio, area, GW and VCU will vie for the league title at the indoor Queen City Racquet and Fitness Club on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The squads will begin the match with singles play as opposed to doubles.
GW secured the doubles point over Charlotte to take a 1-0 lead, then posted victories at the Nos. 1, 2 and 5 singles spots as the Colonials blanked their second opponent in as many days.
The No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti cruised to an 8-2 victory over Charlotte's Kamil Khalil and Krzysztof Kwasniewicz to give GW the advantage. The No. 2 tandem of junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov went up 7-3 over Alex Calott and Paul Cisti, and clinched the doubles point for the Colonials when the second-flight 49ers' pair retired due to injury.
Fomin pushed GW to a 2-0 lead at No. 1 singles as he earned a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Jack Williams. Dias registered the Colonials' third point of the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jordi Massallé Ferrer in the No. 2 position, and junior Ulrik Thomsen clinched the match at the No. 5 spot, defeating Kwasniewicz, 6-3, 6-4.
GW looks to avenge a 4-2 loss to VCU in its regular-season finale on April 16. Follow @GWMensTennis on Twitter for live updates throughout the Colonials' championship match.