GW Men's Tennis Edged by VCU in Atlantic 10 Title Match
Colonials Fall to Rams, 4-3, Wrap Season at 17-7
April 28, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The two-time defending George Washington men’s tennis team was edged by No. 30 VCU, 4-3, in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Championship title match on Sunday at the indoor Queen City Racquet and Fitness Club.
The match – which was moved indoors due to rain in the Mason, Ohio area – opened with singles play, as opposed to doubles, due to court availability. The second-seeded Colonials made an impressive come-from-behind run after going down to the top-seeded Rams, 0-3, powering back to earn victories at the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 positions to force doubles play. VCU earned the doubles point by winning the Nos. 1 and 3 matches to squeak past the Colonials, 4-3, in the nearly five-hour battle that saw five sets decided by tiebreakers.
GW made its fourth straight trip to the league’s championship match, and wrapped its season with an overall record of 17-7, marking the second straight 17-win season for the Buff and Blue.
“I could not be prouder of what I witnessed today; we fought hard and raised high,” said seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz. “These players are truly champions in my book.”
The Rams took a 3-0 lead in singles action with wins at the Nos. 2, 5 and 6 spots. Freshman Danil Zelenkov, who dropped his first set to Alejandro Argente, 3-6, fought back to win, 6-4, 6-1, to give the Colonials their first point of the afternoon. Junior Nikita Fomin followed suit, winning a three-set thriller at the No. 1 spot to pull GW within 2-3. Fomin fell to #28 Max Wennakoski, 4-6, in the first set, then claimed the next two sets in tiebreakers, winning 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9).
Alexander van Gils took the lead with a 7-6 (5) first-set win over Claes Goransson, but dropped his second set, 6-7 (7). With the score knotted at 1-1 and the match on the line for VCU, the senior closed the final singles match of his career in impressive fashion with a 7-5 third-set win to secure GW’s third point and force doubles play.
The Colonials could not pull out the doubles victories, however, falling in the first- and third-flight matches, 5-8, and 3-8, respectively. GW will lose van Gils and Leonardo Lapentti to graduation this spring and is slated to return six players to next year’s roster.
#1 VCU 4, #2 George Washington 3
No. 1 – Nikita Fomin (GW) def. #28 Max Wennakoski (VCU) – 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9)
No. 2 – #74 Alexis Heugas (VCU) def. Francisco Dias (GW) – 7-6 (3), 6-1
No. 3 – Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Alejandro Argente (VCU) – 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 – Alexander van Gils (GW) def. Claes Goransson (VCU) – 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 7-5
No. 5 – Michal Voscek (VCU) def. Leonardo Lapentti (GW) – 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 – Jaime Vazquez (VCU) def. Ulrik Thomsen (GW) – 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 - #35 Alexis Heugas/Dylan McCloskey (VCU) def. Ulrik Thomsen/Alexander van Gils (GW) – 8-5
No. 2 Francisco Dias/Leonardo Lapentti (GW) vs. Michal Voscek/Max Wennakoski (VCU) – 7-4 (DNF)
No. 3 – Alejandro Argente/Jaime Vazquez (VCU) def. Viktor Svensson/Danil Zeleknov (GW) – 8-3
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