GW Men's Tennis' Zelenkov, Tverijonas Earn A-10 Weekly Awards
Sophomore Picks Up First Conference Nod, Freshman Honored for Third Time
March 27, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - For the second time in three weeks the George Washington men's tennis team has swept the Atlantic 10 weekly men's tennis awards as sophomore Danil Zelenkov was tabbed the league's Co-Performer of the Week and freshman Julius Tverijonas earned Rookie Performer of the Week status.
The pair went unbeaten over the weekend in singles and doubles to help GW (10-5) to consecutive wins over Morgan State (7-0) and UMBC (6-1) as the Colonials climbed to No. 51 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Rankings - the highest of the season for Head Coach Greg Munoz's squad. Zelenkov, the reigning A-10 Rookie Performer of the Year, picked up his first conference nod of the season as he earned a share of the award with Duquesne's Pete Carpenter, while Tverijonas nabbed his third rookie honor of the spring.
Both of Zelenkov's singles wins came in straight sets as he held his opponents to just four total games combined in the pair of matches. In the Colonials' outdoor home-opening 7-0 sweep of the Bears, the Skopje, Macedonia native picked up a No. 3 singles victory with a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Ty Abraham. He also teamed up with senior Nikita Fomin for an 8-3, No. 2 doubles win over Dmitriy Borodkin and Jannick Tash. On Sunday, in the squad's 6-1 win over the Retrievers, Zeleknov topped Eliott Loubatie, 6-1, 6-2, in third-flight action. He and Fomin led Alex Drean and Daniel Gray, 7-3, in No. 2 doubles when GW secured the point at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots and the match went unfinished. Zelenkov is currently on a 10-match unbeaten singles streak dating back to Feb. 23 and he has won eight of those matches. He and Fomin are riding a seven-match unbeaten stretch and have won five of those bouts.
Tverijonas went undefeated in No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles, and he and top-flight partner junior Francisco Dias were subsequently tabbed the No. 76 tandem in the nation on Tuesday. The rookie first rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Joshua Abraham in GW's win over Morgan State after he and Dias defeated Evan Ward and Duk Young-Park, 8-4. On Sunday at UMBC, Tverijonas earned a 7-5, 6-3 decision over Alex Drean and he and Dias downed Justin Carter and Melker Svard, 8-6.
The Buff and Blue have now earned eight A-10 weekly awards this year and have swept the conference honors twice in the past three weeks.
GW returns home to open Atlantic 10 action when it welcomes Fordham and Richmond in back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, before traveling to No. 25 Wake Forest on Sunday, April 6.