#67 GW Men's Tennis Travels to #24 VCU in Regular-Season Finale
Rams to Host Colonials in First-Ever Match as Atlantic 10 Foes
April 15, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. – The No. 67 George Washington men’s tennis team travels to Richmond, Va., to take on No. 24 VCU on Tuesday for its regular-season finale.
A match between the Colonials and Rams was originally scheduled for March 24, but was postponed due to rain. First serve at VCU’s Thalhimer Tennis Center is set for 2 p.m.
Tuesday’s contest will be a battle between the Atlantic 10’s two nationally ranked programs. It is also the first time the Colonials and Rams will meet as conference foes, as VCU joined the A-10 prior to the 2012-13 season.
GW (12-5, 4-0 A-10) is currently riding an eight-match winning streak dating back to March 16. The eight consecutive wins are the most for the Colonials under seventh-year head coach Greg Munoz.
The Buff and Blue are coming off a perfect 3-0 weekend in which they took down conference rival Charlotte (5-1) and earned back-to-back sweeps of Longwood (4-0) and Radford (4-0). Freshman Danil Zelenkov, sophomore Francisco Dias and juniors Nikita Fomin and Viktor Svensson all went 2-0 in singles play over the three matches, with one contest each going unfinished. The No. 3 doubles team of Dias and junior Leonardo Lapentti, which is ranked No. 90 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, went 3-0 on the weekend to extend its unbeaten record to 15-0 this spring.
VCU (16-6, 2-0 A-10) saw a five-match winning streak snapped last weekend with consecutive losses to No. 47 Louisville (4-2) on Friday and No. 36 Memphis (4-3) on Sunday. The Rams sport two nationally ranked singles competitors in No. 27 Max Wennakoski and No. 65 Alexis Heugas, along with two nationally ranked doubles teams in No. 29 Heugas and Dylan McCloskey, and the No. 85 tandem of Alejandro Argente and Jamie Vazquez.
Tuesday’s match will serve as a rematch of sorts, as multiple Colonials and Rams players matched up during the 2012 fall tournament season. At the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational in September, Dias eared a 6-3, 6-2 win over Vazquez, while Fomin upset then-No. 52 Heugas, 6-1, 7-6 (5-0). Heugas avenged the loss, however, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Fomin at the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championship in October. At the UVA Fall Classic in October, junior Ulrik Thomsen defeated McCloskey, 6-4, 6-2, and then earned a three-set decision over Vazquez, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, at the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championship.