GW Men's Tennis Wraps Banner Season With No. 53 National Ranking
Colonials Close 2014 With 20-Spot Improvement From 2013
June 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's tennis team capped a banner 2013-14 season with a No. 53 national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the governing body announced on Wednesday in its final rankings of the year.
The Colonials solidified an impressive season with a 20-spot improvement from their No. 73 final ranking in 2013, the first end-of-year national ranking in program history. GW also closed the year at No. 4 in the ITA Atlantic Region, while rising senior Francisco Dias finished as the No. 13 player in the Atlantic Region. Dias and rising sophomore Julius Tverijonas also finished the year as the No. 78 doubles tandem in the country as well as the Atlantic Region's No. 8 duo.
GW made its mark in the record book on many levels this season, with a 4-1 come-from-behind victory over then 50th ranked VCU in the Atlantic 10 Championship title match for its third crown in four seasons highlighting the Colonials' accomplishments. After avenging a loss to the Rams in the 2013 title match, each member of the GW lineup picked up a conference year-end award, including Most Outstanding Performer and Coach of the Year nods for Dias and Head Coach Greg Munoz, and the 10 total postseason honors are a program record.
Aside from earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Team Championship, the team's third appearance in school history, senior Nikita Fomin earned the program's first-ever NCAA singles victory with a straight-set decision over South Carolina's Tsvetan Mihov at the No. 2 spot.
The Colonials put together a grueling spring schedule that featured 11 nationally ranked opponents and went 5-6 against its top-70 competition with its best win coming in a 4-3 victory over No. 60 UNC Wilmington. The Colonials closed on a seven-match winning streak to finish the season with an overall record of 17-7, reaching the 17-win mark for the third straight season.
During its tripleheader swing through North Carolina from Feb. 28-March 2, then-unranked GW knocked off No. 70 Charlotte and No. 60 UNC Wilmington and topped East Carolina to launch into the national team rankings and secure Coach Munoz's 100th career victory.
A two-time A-10 Most Outstanding Performer and three-time All-Conference First Team honoree, Dias closed the year as the Colonials' top singles player with an overall record of 17-11 and a dual-match mark of 11-8. He and Tverijonas combined for an overall record of 12-8 as GW's top doubles team.
GW is slated to return three players to the 2014-15 lineup after Fomin, Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen all departed the program this spring with degrees. Svensson and Thomsen wrapped their four-year careers with the Buff and Blue with three A-10 titles and NCAA appearances and two season-ending team rankings.