GW's Fomin, Tverijonas Sweep Weekly A-10 Men's Tennis Awards
Senior and Rookie Both Nab Conference Accolades for Second Time This Season
March 13, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – No. 60 George Washington men’s tennis senior Nikita Fomin and freshman Julius Tverijonas were named the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week and Rookie Performer of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Thursday.
The pair helped GW (8-5) to consecutive wins over Navy on Saturday and No. 62 Louisiana-Lafayette on Monday as the Colonials extended their road win streak to six matches. They both pick up their second weekly accolades of the season as Fomin was named Co-Performer of the Week on Feb. 25 and Tverijonas was tabbed Rookie of the Week on Feb. 11.
Fomin went unbeaten in singles and doubles over the two matches while he limited his singles opponents to just five games combined. The Moscow, Russia, native first defeated Navy’s Thomas Pecor, 6-2, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot before topping Louisiana’s Jake Wynan, 6-1, 6-2, in the top flight. Fomin and No. 2 doubles partner Danil Zelenkov held a 7-3 lead over the Midshipmen’s Blake Daniel and Calvin Mark, but GW secured the doubles point and the match went unfinished. Against the Ragin’ Cajuns on Monday, the duo was down, 3-7, to Rick de Groot and Wynan but fought back to clinch the doubles point for the Colonials with a thrilling 8-7 (3) tiebreaker victory.
Fomin is 12-7 overall in singles and owns a team-best record of 6-2 this spring, and he is currently riding a 10-match unbeaten streak dating back to Feb. 14. He and Zelenkov are also on a five-match unbeaten run and have won their last three bouts.
Tverijonas went 1-1 in singles and 2-0 in doubles against Navy and Louisiana, and after unblemished performances with No. 1 doubles partner junior Francisco Dias, the pair secured a No. 57 national ranking. The rookie first earned a No. 4 singles victory over the Midshipmen’s Blake Daniel, 7-6 (4), 6-2, then dropped a tough three-set match to the Ragin’ Cajuns Damian Farinola at No. 5 by scores of 3-6, 6-3, 1-6. In top-flight doubles, the Siauliai, Lithuania. product and Dias first teamed up to defeat Navy’s Austin Jones and Thomas Pecor, 8-1, before downing Louisiana's Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson, 8-5.
Tverijonas is 6-5 in singles this spring and he and Dias own an identical 6-5 doubles record.
GW opens outdoor home action on Saturday, March 22, when the squad welcomes Morgan State. First serve at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus is slated for 1 p.m.