GW Men's Tennis' Dias and Lapentti Earn No. 80 National Doubles Ranking

The GW men's tennis team enters weekend competition as the No. 66 squad in the nation.

March 26, 2013

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– The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its weekly rankings on Tuesday and the George Washington men’s tennis team has been dubbed the No. 66 squad in the nation while the tandem of sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti has earned a No. 80 doubles ranking.

The doubles ranking is the first for the Colonials since 2010 when Ugur Atalay and Erik Hannah opened the season at the No. 29 slot.

“We knew Francisco and Leo would be successful at the No. 3 spot as each of our doubles teams are equally strong,” seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz said. “This shows that everyone contributes to every match. I am happy for them.”

Dias and Lapentti own an unblemished record of 9-0 at the No. 3 doubles spot this spring, dating back to Feb. 1, and have out-scored their opponents by a 74-39 margin through finished competition. Three of the pair’s matches have gone unfinished this season.

The two are coming off an 8-4 win over Atlantic 10 foe Richmond’s Justin Baker and Dylan Trent on Saturday and have limited their conference opponents to just seven points combined.



The 66th-ranked Colonials (9-5) debuted at No. 50 one month ago and have maintained a top-70 ranking since. GW has posted a 4-3 record against the seven nationally ranked opponents the squad has faced this season. The Buff and Blue are currently on a two-match winning streak and have claimed victories in six of their last eight bouts.

GW most recently defeated Richmond, 5-2, on Saturday to remain perfect in conference play with a 3-0 mark. The Colonials are paced on the spring season by junior Ulrik Thomsen, who owns a 9-4 singles record and has won seven of his last nine matches, one of which went unfinished.

GW hosts two matches in as many days this weekend in local rival George Mason on Saturday, March 30 and James Madison on Sunday, March 31. First serve against the Patriots is slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus.

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