No. 54 GW Men's Tennis Hosts Georgetown for Senior Day on Friday

Junior Francisco Dias

April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON - The No. 54 George Washington men's tennis team wraps the 2014 regular season with a pair of matches this weekend when the Colonials welcome crosstown rival Georgetown on Friday, April 11 before heading to nearby Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason for its finale on Saturday, April 12.

GW (12-6, 2-0 A-10) first hosts the Hoyas at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus on Friday at 12 p.m. for its final home contest and Senior Day match. The Colonials will honor Nikita Fomin, Sinan Ipeker, Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen prior to first serve. The Buff and Blue close the regular season at the Patriots' Tennis Courts at 1 p.m. on Saturday for the first Revolutionary Rivalry match between the two programs.

The 54th-ranked Colonials are coming off a 2-1 weekend in which they knocked off A-10 foes Fordham (5-1) and Richmond (6-1) before falling at No. 21 Wake Forest (4-0). Sophomore Danil Zelenkov, who competed at the No. 3 spot, and Svensson, who played at Nos. 4 and 5, went unbeaten in singles over the weekend.



Zelenkov leads the Colonials with a team-best record of 17-7 overall and 11-3 in dual matches, and he extended his unbeaten singles streak to 13 bouts last weekend. Junior Francisco Dias is 15-9 overall and 9-6 in dual matches this spring, while Fomin and Svensson have each tallied 14 wins on the year. The No. 2 pair of Fomin and Zelenkov pace all GW doubles teams with an overall mark of 12-7 and a 9-5 record this spring. The No. 1 team of Dias and rookie Julius Tverijonas - which is ranked No. 86 by the ITA - is 9-6 overall and the No. 3 senior duo of Svensson and Thomsen is 9-7.

Georgetown (7-10) comes to GW after falling at UMBC (4-3) on Wednesday. The Hoyas picked up singles wins from Alex Tropiano, Casey Distaso and John Brosens, but could not recover after dropping the doubles point to the Retrievers. Jack Murphy's 19-8 singles record leads Georgetown on the season while Daniel Khanin is 12-14 and Distaso is 10-13. The doubles team of Murphy and Yannik Mahlangu are 6-3, including 4-2 at the No. 3 position, and the duo of Khanin and Tropiano have gone 5-2. The Colonials rolled to a 6-1 win over the Hoyas last season on the road.

George Mason (12-6, 3-1 A-10) is coming off a 4-3 win over Saint Joseph's at home on Tuesday. The Patriots are currently on a six-match winning streak and host conference foe Richmond on Thursday before hosting GW on Saturday. Aaron Capitael leads the squad with an overall mark of 17-6 and 13-5 record in dual matches, while Jimmy Davis and Joe Hill own identical records of 15-6 overall and 13-5 this spring. GMU's top doubles team of Hill and James Lange are 11-7 overall and 9-6 at the No. 1 position, and Christopher Borden and Jimmy Davis are 9-4 overall, including 8-4 at the No. 3 spot. The Buff and Blue topped the Patriots 6-1 at home last season.

A crucial point is on the line for the inaugural Revolutionary Rivalry between GW and George Mason. The Patriots currently lead, 8-6, in the competition between the new A-10 rivals which are separated by less than 20 miles.

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