GW Men's Tennis Advances to Day 3 of ITA Atlantic Regionals
Three Singles Players, Two Doubles Teams Move On at Annual Tournament
Oct. 19, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Three George Washington men’s tennis singles players and two doubles teams advanced to Day 3 of the 2013 USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships after winning their respective matches on Saturday at Virginia Tech’s Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
Senior Nikita Fomin, junior Francisco Dias, and sophomore Danil Zelenkov all received byes through Round 1 of main draw singles play and won their Round 2 matches on Saturday to move through the bracket. Additionally, the doubles teams each won two matches on the day to advance to the main draw quarterfinals.
Fomin, who owns a No. 70 national singles ranking, downed Virginia’s Jonathan Cornish, 6-1, 6-1, and will face Roman Trkulja from Penn State on Sunday. Dias, the No. 94 singles player in the nation, defeated Duk Yong Park of Morgan State, 6-1, 6-1, to advance and meet Radford’s Nick Sayer. Zelenkov earned a 6-3, 7-5, win over Zvonimir Podvinski of Old Dominion and will take on the Nittany Lions’ Matt Barry.
The doubles duo of Dias and senior Viktor Svensson first defeated Temple’s Hicham Belkssir and Kristian Marquart, 8-2, before earning an 8-7 (1) tiebreaker over Justin Carter and Melker Svard of UMBC. The pair will face Penn State’s Bader and Fennell on Sunday.
Fomin and Zelenkov rolled to an 8-1 win over Temple’s Maros Januvka and Hernan Vasconezthen then defeated Carlos Lopez Villa and Dante Terenzio of Old Dominion, 8-6. The twosome will match up against Virginia Tech’s Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini.
Svensson fell to UMBC’s Melker Svard, 6-3, 6-2, in his second singles match and freshman Daniel O’Connor dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to No. 117 Justin Shane of Virginia.
The USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships continue on Sunday morning with singles and doubles play.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Region includes schools located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. GW is joined by 21 other schools in Bucknell, Delaware, Duquesne, George Mason, Georgetown, James Madison, Liberty, Longwood, Morgan State, Navy, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Radford, Richmond, St. Joseph's, Temple, UMBC, VCU, Virginia and host Virginia Tech. The tournament is a single-elimination format and winners of the singles and doubles flights will earn automatic bids to the ITA National Indoor Championship in November.
USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships
#70 Nikita Fomin (GW) def. Jonathan Cornish (UVA) – 6-1, 6-1
#94 Francisco Dias (GW) def. Duk Yong Park (MSU) – 6-1, 6-1
Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) – 6-3, 7-5
Melker Svard (UMBC) def. Viktor Svensson (GW) – 6-3, 6-2
#117 Justin Shane (UVA) def. Daniel O’Connor (GW) – 6-2, 6-2
Francisco Dias/Viktor Svensson (GW) def. Hicham Belkssir/Kristian Marquart (TU) – 8-2
Francisco Dias/Viktor Svensson (GW) def. Justin Carter/Melker Svard (UMBC) – 8-7 (1)
Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Maros Januvka/Hernan Vasconez (TU) – 8-1
Nikita Fomin/Danil Zelenkov (GW) def. Carlos Lopez Villa/Dante Terenzio (ODU) – 8-6
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