Fomin Takes Third for GW Men's Tennis at UVa Fall Classic
Senior Won Four Matches to Earn Third Place in Orange Singles Draw
Oct. 6, 2013
WASHINGTON – Three members of the George Washington men’s tennis team wrapped action at the three-day UVa Fall Classic at the Cavaliers' Snyder Tennis Center on Sunday.
Senior Nikita Fomin won four of his five matches and took home third in the Orange Singles draw to lead the trio of Colonials on the weekend. Classmate Viktor Svensson finished seventh in Black Singles draw and freshman Daniel O’Connor finished 14th in the Green Singles bracket.
Fomin, who received an ITA Preseason National Singles Ranking of No. 70, earned a three-set tiebreaker over No. 117 Justin Shane of host Virginia, 3-6, 6-4, 10-4. The Moscow, Russia product won his way through the draw as he first defeated Crescente Lesser of College of Charleston, 6-2, 6-3, before earning a three-set victory over Wake Forest’s Max Kan. Fomin dropped the first set to Kan, 6-3, but bounced back to claim the next two sets, 6-4, 6-1. In the semifinal match Fomin fell to Ben Guthrie of William & Mary, 6-2, 6-4.
In the Black Singles draw Svensson downed Longwood’s Harry Kelleher, 6-1, 6-3, but dropped consecutive matches in the consolation bracket to Wake Forest’s Nolan Bauer (6-1, 6-4) and William & Mary’s Will Juggins (6-3, 6-2). He won his final match of the weekend, a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Nic Wilson of Virginia Tech to claim seventh place.
Competing in his second collegiate match in the Green Singles draw, O’Connor dropped a 7-6, 6-2 decision to Josh Record of Charleston. He dropped his first back draw match to Virginia Tech’s Rafael Ribas, 6-2, 6-3, before rebounding to defeat Mateo Cevallos of Longwood, 6-2, 6-1. O’Connor fell in his final match to Addison Appleby of William & Mary in a three-set tiebreaker, 2-6, 7-5, 10-3.
The Orange Doubles duo of Fomin and Svensson dropped consecutive matches to Ben Guthrie and Damon Niquet of William & Mary, 8-4, and Nick Sayer and Patrick O’Keefe of Radford, 8-1.
The annual event was made up of seven singles flights and seven doubles flights. GW was one of 21 schools to have players competing along with Binghamton, Bucknell, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, Cornell, East Tennessee State, George Mason, James Madison, Liberty, Longwood, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Princeton, Radford, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and William & Mary.
The Colonials wrap the fall season next week at the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships in Blacksburg, Va. The six-day tournament is set to kick off on Thursday, Oct. 17.