Thomsen, van Gils Split Wednesday Matches at ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 5, 2011
TULSA, Okla. – George Washington's men's tennis doubles pair of junior Alexander van Gils and sophomore Ulrik Thomsen split their two matches in the final qualifying round at the ITA/D'Novo All-American Championships at University of Tulsa Wednesday. The duo is slated to be the No. 1 alternate for Thursday's main doubles draw and will play in the 32-team event if injury prevents another squad from competing.
Thomsen and van Gils opened the day with an 8-6 victory over
“Ulrik and Alex have been playing their best doubles to date,” said head coach Greg Munoz. “They have an unconventional style of play and that’s the key to their success.”
The pair went on to face Oklahoma’s No. 1 doubles team of Costin Paval – ranked No. 17 in the ITA preseason poll – and Dane Webb - rated the nation's ninth-best newcomer by the ITA. Thomsen and van Gils battled the Sooners' pair to the wire, but ultimately dropped a back-and-forth match, 9-8 (5), in a tiebreaker.
“We have never faced such a powerhouse, top-10 team,” said Coach Munoz. “Ulrik and Alex frustrated the
The Colonials will learn if they will continue play at the prestigious tournament Thursday. The event is made up of over 300 of the top Division I players in the nation. Live stats and video can be followed via the Tournament Central Page.