No. 53 GW Men's Tennis Geared Up for Weekend Tripleheader
Colonials Welcome Fordham and Richmond Before Heading to No. 21 Wake Forest
April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON – No. 53 George Washington men’s tennis gears up for a three-match weekend when it welcomes Atlantic 10 foes Fordham and Richmond before traveling to Wake Forest. The Colonials first host the Rams to open conference action on Friday at 10 a.m., followed by a 12 p.m. match against the Spiders on Saturday, both at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus. On Sunday, GW travels to No. 21 Wake Forest – its highest ranked opponent of the season – for a 4 p.m. match.
GW (10-5) returns to the court for the first time in over a week after blanking Morgan State (7-0) and defeating UMBC (6-1) on March 22 and 23. Last week, the Colonials swept the league’s weekly awards for the second time this season as sophomore Danil Zelenkov was named the A-10 Co-Performer of the Week and freshman Julius Tverijonas picked up his third Rookie Performer of the Week nod.
The 53rd-ranked Colonials begin A-10 action on a two-match winning streak and have won nine of their last 10 contests dating back to Feb. 23. Zelenkov paces the Buff and Blue on the season with an overall record of 15-7 and a 9-3 dual-match mark this spring, going unbeaten in his last 10 matches. Junior Francisco Dias and senior Nikita Fomin enter weekend competition with identical 13-8 records while Dias is 7-5 this spring and Fomin is 7-3.
GW’s top doubles team of Dias and Tverijonas, which is ranked No. 76 in the nation, owns an overall mark of 8-5 and has won four of its last six matches. The No. 2 tandem of Fomin and Zelenkov is 8-4 this spring and has gone unbeaten in its last seven bouts dating back to March 2. The No. 3 senior duo of Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen, which is 8-6 on the season, has won six of its last eight contests.
Fordham (4-10, 1-0 A 1-0) comes to GW following an A-10-opening win at La Salle on Wednesday where the Rams blanked the Explorers, 5-0, to snap a four-match skid. Fordham is led in singles by Matty Najfeld with a 9-3 record and is paced in doubles by the duo of Max Peara and J.J. Tauil, which is 4-1, and the 5-5 pair of Najfeld and Kuba Kowalski.
Richmond (9-11, 2-2 A-10) was edged by East Carolina, 4-3, on Wednesday, a loss that snapped a three-match win streak. The Spiders wrapped home action against the Pirates and will close out the season at GW, George Mason and James Madison over the next two weekends before heading to the A-10 Championship in Charlottesville, Va., on April 17.
Following two home matches in as many days, GW heads to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face No. 21 Wake Forest (12-7) at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. The Demon Deacons will wrap a three-match weekend when they welcome the Colonials on Sunday in the second match of a doubleheader. Wake Forest puts its three-match win streak on the line after topping Georgia Tech (4-3), Clemson (4-1 ) and North Carolina Central (6-1) last weekend. The Deacs have three nationally ranked players in No. 32 Romain Bogaerts, No. 45 Adam Lee and No. 68 Maksim Kan, as well as a the No. 52 doubles team of Lee and Pedro Dumont. Kan leads all players with a 14-3 singles record this spring while Bogaerts is 12-5 and Jon Ho is 10-8. Fans can follow live scoring and streaming by clicking here.