Men's Tennis Set to Defend A-10 Title

April 25, 2017

2017 Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship
Date | Bracket Thursday, April 27-Sunday, April 30  | Bracket
Location USTA National Campus | Orlando, Florida
Additional Information Championship Central | Full Atlantic 10 Release
Follow Watch Early Rounds | Watch Final - ESPN

WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's tennis team has earned the No. 2 seed in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, from April 27-30, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

The Colonials (16-6) look to defend their A-10 title after claiming the crown for the last three consecutive seasons and five out of the last six years. GW will take on the winner of No. 7 Saint Joseph's and No. 10 St. Bonaventure on Friday at 4 p.m. after receiving a first-round bye.

Richmond earned the top seed in the tournament and will earn a bye into Friday's quarterfinal round along with GW, No. 3 seed VCU and No. 4 seed Davidson. Dayton (5th), Saint Louis (6th), Saint Joseph's (7th), George Mason (8th), Duquesne (9th), St. Bonaventure (10th), Fordham (11th), and La Salle (12th) round out the remainder of the field.

First-year head coach David Macpherson embarks on his first postseason at the helm after putting together a strong regular season, highlighted by GW's win over then-No. 38 South Alabama on March 15.

The Colonials enter the week with a wealth of experience, led by senior Julius Tverijonas and his three A-10 titles. Only three Colonials - freshmen Dennis Afanasev, William Tutecky and Jakub Behun will be entering their first A-10 Championship.

Tverijonas and junior Chris Fletcher have led the Buff and Blue this season, owning 13-5 and 15-4 spring singles records, respectively. Tverijonas has played exclusively at the top solo position, while Fletcher has split time primarily between the Nos. 2-3 positions.

Also playing at the No. 2 seed in 2016, the Colonials reached the finals for the seventh-consecutive season and defeated VCU in the final for the third-straight year.

For the first time ever, the Championship will be live streamed, with the final broadcast on ESPN3.

The A-10 Championship is a 12-team single elimination tournament. The winner will receive the conference's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Team Tournament. The title match is slated for Sunday, April 30, at 1 p.m.



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