GW to Face Duke in First-Ever NCAA Men's Tennis Championships Appearance
May 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington's men's tennis team will travel to Durham, NC, to take on No. 11 seed Duke in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships on Friday, May 13 at 1:00pm. The Colonials, who won their second Atlantic 10 Championship in April, are making their first NCAA Championships appearance.
The winner will advance to the second round to face the victor of the Durham Regional's other first round match-up between Maryland (12-12) and Michigan (13-10). The first match on Friday will take place at 10:00 am, with the second match scheduled for 1:00 pm.
ITA nationally ranked No. 12 Duke (20-9), a regional host for the second straight year, leads the all-time series with GW, 6-1. The Colonials and Blue Devils have not met since 1959.
GW (15-8) earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships after defeating Xavier, 4-0, in the 2011 A-10 Championship finals on April 17 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis, MO. The Colonials, the A-10 Championship's top seed for the fourth consecutive year, also defeated Duquesne and Saint Joseph's by identical 4-0 scores. The A-10 crown was the program's second overall and first since 1979.
"Any match up is going to be very difficult," said 2011 A-10 Coach of the Year Greg Munoz. "It's exciting and the players are looking forward to it. Now we can start studying Duke."
The Colonials are led by four-time A-10 All-Conference member and senior co-captain Erik Hannah, who went a perfect 30-0 against Atlantic 10 opponents in his four-year career. Seniors Christopher Kushma and Yan Levinski and junior Ugur Atalay were also named to the All-Conference first team. Sophomore Alexander van Gils and freshman Viktor Svensson were named to the All-Conference second team. Levinski also represented GW on the Academic All-Conference team for the third straight season this spring.
Since the NCAA Championships first and second rounds are the same weekend as GW's commencement ceremonies, three of the Colonials will be taking part in a special athletics commencement on Tuesday, May 10.
Ticket prices for all NCAA Championships tennis matches are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased outside the stadium on the day of the match. Parking will be available in the Blue Zone which can be accessed off Duke University Road.