No. 53 GW Men's Tennis to Face No. 28 South Carolina at NCAA Regionals
Colonials Make Trip to Chapel Hill for First Two Rounds of NCAA Team Championship
May 8, 2014
WHO: #53 GW Men's Tennis
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 53 George Washington men's tennis team heads to Chapel Hill, North Carolina this weekend for its third-ever NCAA Team Championship appearance. The Atlantic 10 champions will take on No. 28 South Carolina in the first round of NCAA Regionals on Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
GW makes its third trip to NCAA Regionals after claiming its third A-10 Championship title in four years on April 20. The top-seeded Buff and Blue knocked off second-seeded and then-No. 40 VCU, 4-2, in the title match to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Team Championship.
Following their 2014 conference crown, the Colonials were honored with a program-record 10 Atlantic 10 postseason accolades, highlighted by Head Coach Greg Munoz's third A-10 Coach of the Year nod and junior Francisco Dias' second Most Outstanding Performer award of his career. All six members of the GW lineup were named to an All-Conference Team, as Dias, senior Nikita Fomin, freshman Julius Tverijonas and sophomore Danil Zelenkov were named to the First Team, seniors Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen earned a spot on the Second Team, and Thomsen and Zelenkov earned All-Academic Team honors.
GW enters the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional on a five-match winning streak and the team capped its season with nine wins over its final 10 matches. The Colonials posted a 5-5 record against top-70 competition this season, their highest ranked win coming in a 4-3 victory over No. 60 UNC Wilmington.
Zelenkov owns a team-best overall singles record of 21-7 and has gone 15-3 in dual matches this spring. He has produced a notable 13-1 mark at the No. 3 spot and is currently riding an 18-match unbeaten streak dating back to Feb. 23, winning 14 of those tilts while four have gone unfinished. Fomin owns an overall singles record of 18-10 and a 12-5 mark this spring, including 10-2 in the second flight, and Dias has gone 17-10 overall and 11-7 this spring, including 8-5 at the top spot for the Colonials. He defeated South Carolina's Chip Cox in three sets at the ITA All-American Championships this fall. A first-semester freshman, Tverijonas recorded a 13-6 singles record this spring and compiled a mark of 8-4 at the No. 4 spot. Svensson has gone 18-11 overall and 14-6 this spring, including 7-1 at No. 5, and Thomsen has gone 12-8 overall and 11-7 in dual matches this spring.
The No. 83 doubles tandem of Dias and Tverijonas enter the weekend with a 12-7 overall record, while the duo of Fomin and Zelenkov owns a team-best mark of 16-7 and has gone 13-5 as GW's No. 2 pair. Svensson and Thomsen have produced an overall record of 11-8 and have gone 6-4 in their last 10 bouts.
The 28th-ranked Gamecocks return to action after falling to No. 11 Texas A&M in an SEC Championship quarterfinal match on April 18. South Carolina went 10-12 against nationally ranked competition this season, with its highest win coming in a 4-0 decision over No. 26 Harvard. Andrew Adams, the No. 54 singles player in the nation, owns an overall singles record of 12-8, while Cox is 22-12, Kyle Koch is 16-12, Tsvetan Mihov has gone 17-21, Thiago Pinheiro is 14-13 and Andrew Schafer is 26-10. Cox is also part of two nationally ranked doubles teams as he and Mihov have teamed up for a 5-6 record for a No. 30 ranking, and he and Koch are slated No. 66 with a 7-12 mark. The duo of Adams and Koch own a team-best record of 11-4.
Host and seventh-seeded UNC will face South Carolina State at 12 p.m., following the GW-South Carolina tilt, and the winners of Saturday's first-round matches will go head-to-head on Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m., for the chance to earn a berth to the NCAA Round of 16. The Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia will play host to the 12-day men's and women's combined event, which runs from May 15-26, 2014.
Tickets for the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional are $5, and children six and under get in for free. Gates will open one hour prior to play on both Saturday and Sunday.