Oct. 21, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Alexander van Gils and sophomore Ulrik Thomsen each picked up victories in singles play to lead the George Washington men’s tennis team on the first day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Regional Tournament Friday in Charlottesville, Va.
Van Gils earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Liberty’s Wayne Harrell, and Thomsen defeated Ben Marks of Norfolk State, 6-3, 7-6 (4), to advance to the second round of singles action at Virginia’s Snyder Tennis Center.
Sophomore Viktor Svensson dropped a close match to Virginia Tech’s Zach Pine by scores of 7-5, 6-2. Junior Leonardo Lapentti fell to Russell Bader of Penn State, 6-1, 6-2.
The duo of Svensson and Lapentti bounced back in doubles play to defeat Delaware’s Andre Vorobyov and Ryan Kent, 8-4. The pair will face the No. 4 seed of Jarmere Jenkins and Mitchell Frank of Virginia on Saturday.
“This is a tough tournament; we are playing the best in the region,” said head coach Greg Munoz. “I want our guys to execute their game plan and take chances. That’s how we win.”
Senior Ugur Atalay and freshman Francisco Dias had byes on the first day of both singles and doubles play Friday. ITA Atlantic Regional Championship action continues Saturday morning.