Fomin, GW Men's Tennis Earn ITA National Rankings
Senior Tabbed No. 124 Singles Player, Colonials Debut at No. 74
Jan. 6, 2014
WASHINGTON - Preparing to embark on one of its toughest schedules to date, the George Washington men's tennis team enters the 2014 season with a No. 74 national ranking, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced. Additionally, senior Nikita Fomin debuts as the No. 124 singles player in the nation.
"Earning a spot in the top 75 is where we expected to be heading into the year and I think results from our first few weeks will set the tone for the remainder of the season," eighth-year Head Coach Greg Munoz said. "This is an extremely strong team and I feel that our schedule allows us every opportunity to break into the top 60 by year's end."
While earning a spot in the ITA's Top 125, Fomin is also tabbed the No. 11 singles player in the Atlantic Region, and junior Francisco Dias and sophomore Danil Zelenkov earned the No. 14 and 15 singles spots in the region, respectively.
"We had many players show strong results at different tournaments this fall and I feel that we have five or six that could be ranked this year," said Munoz. "The fall prepares us, but the spring defines us. We will take this season one match at a time and maintain our focus the entire way through."
The Colonials wrapped the 2013 season at No. 73 - closing the year as a nationally ranked program for the first time in Munoz's tenure - after reaching the Atlantic 10 Championship title match for the fourth straight year. Competing in five tournaments throughout the 2013 fall campaign, the squad combined to tally six singles victories over nationally ranked competition.
Fomin, who earned a spot on the 2013 A-10 All-Conference First Team, went 6-5 overall in singles throughout the fall season. He knocked off Virginia's No. 117 Justin Shane en route to a third-place finish in the Orange Singles draw at the Virginia Fall Classic.
An All-Conference First Team selection for the second consecutive year, Dias produced a team-best 6-3 singles record this fall, defeating nationally ranked foes in Virginia's No. 51 Harrison Richmond and Virginia Tech's No. 66 Andreas Bjerrehus as he reached the semifinal match of the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships.
Zelenkov, the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Year and All-Conference First Team honoree went 6-4 overall throughout the fall, which was highlighted by upsets over Virginia's Richmond and No. 99 Alvaro Nazal of Gonzaga. He paced GW at the ITA All-American Championships as he worked his way to the final round of the qualifying singles draw.
No. 74 GW will put itself to the test immediately as it opens its 2014 slate on Monday, Jan. 20 against BYU in Annapolis, Md.