GW Men's Tennis Competes at ITA/D'Novo All-American and UVA Fall Classic
Dias Advances in ITA Main Draw Consolation, Lapentti Reaches Singles Semifinals at UVA
Oct. 5, 2012
TULSA, Okla. & CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The George Washington men's tennis team competed at two separate tournaments on Friday - the ITA/D’Novo All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., and the UVA Fall Classic in Charlottesville, Va.
At the ITA/D’Novo All-American Championships, hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, sophomore Francisco Dias upset a pair of Top 35 players to advance to the quarterfinals of the main draw singles consolation bracket. Dias – who is ranked No. 89 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) – first posted an impressive upset of No. 17 Bob van Overbeek of Florida by set scores of 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday evening.
At the UVA Fall Classic, senior Leonardo Lapentti posted back-to-back wins to advance to the semifinals of the Blue Singles bracket. Lapentti first defeated Coastal Carolina’s Sam Barr, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, before taking care of Guanhua Chen of Penn State, 6-3, 6-2. In Orange Singles play, junior Ulrik Thomsen fell to East Tennessee State’s Roger Ribeiro, 7-6(4), 6-2, before bouncing back to earn a 6-0, 6-1 win over Matias Di Pasquale of Coastal Carolina.
Junior Viktor Svensson eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Binghamton’s Alexander Maisin in the first round of Black Singles, but fell to ETSU’s Jesus Bandres in a tight three-set match by scores of 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. Freshman Kevin Kovacs dropped his first collegiate match to VCU’s Francis Pare, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of Red Singles, then fell 6-2, 6-3, to Billy Kenny of Charleston. In Gold Doubles play, Svensson and Lapentti fell to Florent Sentenac and Greg Vladimirsky of James Madison, 8-4.
Action at the ITA/D’Novo All-American Championships and the UVA Fall Classic will continue on Saturday morning.
ITA/D’Novo All-American Championships