Moving On Up: GW Men's Tennis Improves to No. 45 in Nation in ITA Poll
March 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - After garnering its highest-ever national ranking in seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz's tenure with the No. 50 spot just one week ago, the George Washington men's tennis team has moved up in the poll to No. 45 following a 2-1 performance this weekend.
The nationally ranked Colonials (7-4) are coming off three matches in as many days, highlighted by back-to-back clean sweeps of Atlantic 10 opponents to begin conference competition.
"This year has been a good test for us so far because we always knew we were a team that could compete at the top-50 level," said Coach Munoz. "We are continuing to grow as a team and working harder in efforts to make our third straight NCAA appearance."
Facing its third straight nationally ranked opponent and seventh this season, GW was edged by then-No. 33 Columbia, 4-3, on Friday. The Colonials bounced back in strong fashion, however, as they posted consecutive 7-0 victories over Temple on Saturday and Fordham on Sunday.
Junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov paced the Buff and Blue on the weekend with identical 6-0 unblemished marks in both singles and doubles action. Fomin is now 7-4 in dual-match singles play on the year, including 2-0 at the No. 1 spot. Zelenkov owns a 7-3 dual match singles record this spring, and junior Ulrik Thomsen owns a notable 6-3 singles mark this season.
The No. 2 doubles duo of Fomin and Zelenkov are 6-3 this spring season after a 3-0 weekend, and the tandem of sophomore Francisco Dias and Leonardo Lapentti are undefeated, 6-0, as the No. 3 pair.
GW takes its No. 45 ranking to California for spring break March 8-16 where the Colonials will compete at the USTA Calabasas Futures tournament as well as dual matches at UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.