No. 57 GW Men's Tennis Earns Top Seed for 2014 A-10 Championship
Colonials to Compete at Indoor Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
April 15, 2014
WHO: No. 57 GW Men's Tennis | No. 1 Seed
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 57 George Washington men's tennis team heads to Charlottesville, Va., this week as the No. 1 seed in the 2014 Atlantic 10 men's Tennis Championships, held from April 17-20 at the indoor Boar's Head Sports Club.
The top-seeded Colonials look to reach their fifth straight A-10 Championship title match this weekend as they enter competition with an overall record of 14-6 and perfect 3-0 league mark. GW has a first-round bye and will face eighth-seeded Dayton on Friday at 10 a.m.
No. 50 VCU has earned the second seed, while Duquesne is seeded third and Richmond is seeded fourth, followed by A-10 newcomer George Mason in fifth. Rounding out the field is sixth-seeded Saint Joseph's, seventh-seeded St. Bonaventure, eighth-seeded Dayton, ninth-seeded Saint Louis, 10th-seeded Fordham and 11th-seeded La Salle.
GW, which reached the title match in 2010 and won consecutive league A-10 titles in 2011 and 2012, looks to avenge a narrow 4-3 loss to VCU in the 2013 championship match. The Colonials battled back from an 0-3 deficit to tie the match at 3-3 and force doubles play, where the Rams clinched the title, 4-3, in a five-hour battle against the two-time defending champions.
GW put together a demanding schedule this season that included nine nationally ranked teams, compiling a 4-5 record against its top 70 competition. After opening the season with a 1-4 record, the Colonials went on to win 13 of their next 15 matches and reach as high as No. 51 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Rankings. GW opened its winning streak at Old Dominion on Feb. 23, then went 3-0 in a weekend sweep in North Carolina in which the unranked Buff and Blue knocked off No. 70 Charlotte and No. 60 UNC Wilmington, while also securing eighth-year Head Coach Greg Munoz's 100th career victory at East Carolina. GW also topped No. 62 Louisiana and No. 66 Tulane during its Spring Break trip.
All of the Colonials' players competing in the lineup enter the A-10 Championship with double-digit singles wins, highlighted by sophomore Danil Zelenkov's team-best overall record of 19-7 and 13-3 mark this spring. Zelenkov is currently riding a 15-match unbeaten streak dating back to Feb. 23, and he has won 12 of those bouts while three have gone unfinished. Junior Francisco Dias and senior Nikita Fomin both own overall records of 16-10, while Dias is 10-7 and Fomin is 10-5 in the spring. Senior Viktor Svensson has amassed a record of 16-11 and 12-6 in dual-match play, and he is currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak. Rookie Julius Tverijonas has produced a 12-6 mark, and senior Ulrik Thomsen owns an overall record of 10-8 and a 9-7 mark this spring.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Dias and Tverijonas, which is ranked No. 62 in the nation, has compiled a record of 11-6 and has gone 7-3 in its last 10 matches. Fomin and Zelenkov are 13-7 overall, including 10-5 at the No. 2 spot, and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 bouts, and Svensson and Thomsen are 10-7 in third-flight action and 7-3 in their last 10 matches.
The A-10 Championship is an 11-team, single-elimination event and the winner of the 36th annual championship will receive the conference's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament. Competition for the Nos. 6-11 seeds begins on Thursday, April 17 at 10 a.m. with the final match of the day set to begin at 1 p.m. The remaining teams will open competition on Friday morning and will follow the same schedule, with matches slated for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.