Freshman Francisco Dias Highlights GW Men's Tennis Performances Saturday
Sept. 24, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's tennis team continued its second day of action of the fall season at the UVa. Ranked Plus One, United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Tennis Center (NTC) Men's College Invitational and Georgetown Classic tournaments on Saturday. The Colonials saw several impressive performances on the day, highlighted by freshman Francisco Dias.
Dias and senior Ugur Atalay continued play at the UVa. Ranked Plus One Tournament in Charlottesville, Va. The duo dropped their doubles match to the sixth-ranked pair in the country, North Carolina's Jose Hernandez and Brennan Boyajian, by an 8-4 mark.
In singles action, Atalay defeated Adam Lee from Wake Forest, 5-7, 7-6, 6-2. After dropping the first set, Atalay found himself down 6-5 at match point. He fought back to win the tiebreaker and used that momentum to take the third set and the match. Atalay then fell to No.1 Sander Gille from Eastern Tennessee State by scores of 6-4, 6-4.
Dias defeated Louisville's Michael Lippens - who was coming off a straight-set victory over No. 65 Julen Uriguen - by 7-6 (5), 7-5 scores. Dias then fell to Vlad Stefan from Maryland, who had just defeated No. 38 Boyajian. Dias broke out to a quick start with a 6-1 first-set victory, but Stefan countered to earn 7-5, 6-1 victories in the second and third sets, respectively.
"Overall, it was a good day," said Head Coach Greg Munoz. "The best of the best is at this tournament and it's wonderful to compete at this level."
In Flushing, N.Y., at the USTA NTC Men's College Invitational, senior Richard Blumenfeld defeated both of his opponents to move to Sunday's singles finals.
Blumenfeld beat Marist's Dalen Klassen in three sets by scores of 6-4, 1-6, 13-11 before taking care of Penn's Kyle Roth, 6-3, 1-0. Roth retired in the second set due to an injury.
In the singles consolation round, junior Alexander van Gils dropped a close match to Penn's Mark Milbrandt, 7-5, 6-4. Sophomore Viktor Svensson fell to Zach Katz from Penn by scores of 6-4, 6-3, then defeated Army's Alex Holland by a convincing 6-1, 6-4.
Results from the Georgetown Classic were not immediately available. All three tournaments wrap up Sunday, Sept. 25. Results will be made available after completion of each match.