No. 49 GW Men's Tennis Heads to California for Spring Break
March 13, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The No. 49 George Washington men’s tennis team travels to California for its Spring Break trip to compete against a pair of Big West programs in UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.
The Colonials take on the Gauchos on Thursday, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) then face the Anteaters on Saturday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET).
GW (7-4) has not competed since its three-match weekend March 1-3 in which the squad went 2-1. The Colonials, who are ranked No. 49 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, were edged by then-No. 33 Columbia, 4-3, before blanking Temple (7-0) and Fordham (7-0), all on the road. GW is now 6-3 away from home this spring.
Junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov guided GW to its 2-1 performance, which was highlighted by consecutive sweeps of Atlantic 10 foes to open conference competition, with perfect 6-0 combined singles and doubles records.
Fomin is now 7-4 in dual-match singles play on the year, including 2-0 at the No. 1 spot. Zelenkov owns a 7-4 record this spring, and junior Ulrik Thomsen has a notable 6-3 singles mark this season. The No. 2 doubles duo of Fomin and Zelenkov are 6-3 this spring season after their most recent 3-0 showing, and the tandem of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti are undefeated, 6-0, as the No. 3 pair.
UC Santa Barbara (5-5) is coming off a 6-1 win over Utah on Monday at the Recreation Center Courts. UCSB’s No. 4 player, sophomore Ziad Sultan, extended his singles winning streak to five matches with the win over the Utes, while Sultan and senior Mbonisi Ndimande claimed their third straight victory at No. 1 doubles. The contest with the Colonials will conclude a four-match homestand for the Gauchos, who are 4-1 at home this season.
UC Irvine (2-11) is currently riding a four-match skid with its most recent loss coming at UNLV (5-2) on Saturday, March 9. The Anteaters host Utah and Gonzaga on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, at the Anteater Tennis Stadium before welcoming the Colonials. UC Irvine is 22-56 in dual-match singles competition this season and 17-22 in doubles.