GW Men's Tennis Breaks into Top-50 in National Rankings
Feb. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington men’s tennis team has put itself to the test this season, competing in prestigious fall tournaments and facing six nationally ranked opponents in its first eight matches of the spring. On Tuesday, the Colonials’ efforts paid off as they earned a No. 50 national team ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
In addition to the squad’s team ranking, sophomore Francisco Dias, the Colonials’ No. 1 competitor, has earned a No. 114 singles ranking.
“Putting 10 or more nationally ranked teams on our schedule was a chance we had to take in order to make our presence known,” head coach Greg Munoz said. “It is early in the year and there is always work to do and things we can improve upon, but it is nice to achieve a solid ranking at this point in the season.”
Having earned the No. 71 and No. 75 spots during the 2008 season, No. 50 is the highest-ever team ranking in Coach Munoz’s seven-year tenure. The two-time defending Atlantic 10 champions Colonials have proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with as they are currently 4-2 against top-70 teams this spring season and are coming off a perfect weekend of action over No. 61 South Alabama and No. 60 Georgia State.
Dias, a Lisbon, Portugal native, upset No. 49 Daniel Leitner of South Alabama by a convincing 6-4, 6-4 decision last weekend.
GW is paced on the year by junior Ulrik Thomsen, who owns an overall record of 10-4 and a dual-match singles record of 5-2 this spring, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the No. 6 spot. Freshman Danil Zelenkov is 4-3 in dual meet action, including 4-2 in third-flight play.
“The tremendous support from the athletics department under the guidance of Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero has given us the opportunities to compete at the level we know we can,” said Munoz. “It is great to see three A-10 teams ranked at this point and it will make winning the conference title that much tougher.”
Joining GW on the top-125 list are fellow Atlantic 10 members No. 28 VCU and No. 73 Xavier. The Buff and Blue will face the Rams on Sunday, March 24 in Richmond, Va., but will not see the Musketeers until the conference championship.
GW travels to New York, N.Y., on Friday to rematch with No. 33 Columbia. Action at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center is slated for 2 p.m.