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.
In the round of 16 on Friday, Dias upset Michigan’s No. 31 Spencer Newman in a three-set comeback by scores of 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7). It marked the second time this week that the GW sophomore standout and Newman faced off as the doubles duo of Dias and senior Alexander van Gils defeated the No. 55 pair in Michigan’s Newman and Alex Petrone, 8-6, on Tuesday. The Lisbon, Portugal, product will face No. 60 Connor Smith of Ohio State on Saturday, his third nationally ranked opponent in as many matches. The winner of the consolation bracket will automatically qualify for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November.
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
Main Draw Consolation Singles
No. 89 Francisco Dias (GW) def. No. 17 Bob van Overbeek (Florida) – 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 89 Francisco Dias (GW) def. No. 31 Spencer Newman (Michigan) – 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7)
UVA Fall Classic
Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Sam Barr (CCU) – 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Guanhua Chen (PSU) – 6-3, 6-2
Roger Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Ulrik Thomsen (GW) – 7-6(4), 6-2
Consolation Round 1
Ulrik Thomsen (GW) def. Matias Di Pasquale (CCU) – 6-0, 6-1
Viktor Svensson (GW) def. Alexander Maisin (Binghamton) – 6-2, 6-2
Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Viktor Svensson (GW) – 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Francis Pare (VCU) def. Kevin Kovacs (GW) – 6-2, 6-1
Consolation Round 1
Billy Kenny (Charleston) def. Kevin Kovacs (GW) – 6-2, 6-3
Florent Sentenac/Greg Vladimirsky (JMU) def. Viktor Svensson/Leonardo Lapentti (GW) – 8-4
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