GW Men's Tennis Team Claims Multiple Singles Victories at UVA Fall Classic
Oct. 15, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The George Washington men’s tennis team had a strong showing in the first day of singles action at the UVA Fall Classic on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., with all four Colonials earning victories in their first matches of the day. Freshman Francisco Dias led the squad by going 2-0 on the day, while sophomore Viktor Svensson, junior Leonardo Lapentti and senior Ugur Atalay each split a pair of matches.
“It was a tough day for everyone as they battled the windy conditions,” head coach Greg Munoz said. “Everyone stepped up and played really well, and we’re excited for tomorrow.”
Dias defeated Eastern Kentucky’s Joao Maio – also a Portugal native – by scores of 6-2, 6-0 in his first match of the day. The rookie then went on to earn a 6-2, 6-1 win over Giancarlo Lemmi from Liberty.
Despite dropping the first set 3-6, Svensson battled back to take care of Jorge Varon of East Tennessee State, 7-5, 6-4. Svensson then dropped a 6-4, 6-4 match to Radford’s Nick Sayer, who is ranked No. 112 by ITA.
Lapentti glided to an easy 6-1, 6-3 victory over Norfolk State’s Christian Romanzini, but dropped a three-set match to Brian Welnetz, Penn State’s No. 2 player. Welnetz took the first set, 4-6, and Lapentti rallied for a 6-3 second set, but ultimately dropped the third, 6-2.
“Leo proved he will be an instrumental part of our line up today,” Coach Munoz said. “I’m really proud of his efforts.”
Ugur Atalay picked up his first victory of the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Morgan State’s Duwane Thomas. He then matched up with teammate Viktor Svensson’s brother, Filip Svensson of Virginia Commonwealth, and fell by scores of 6-0, 6-4.
The Colonials return to the court on Sunday to wrap up the final day of the UVA Fall Classic. Results will be made available after the completion of the match.