Men's Tennis Ranked Seventh in Final ITA Atlantic Region Poll
June 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The George Washington men's tennis team concluded the 2011 season as the No. 7 ranked team in the Atlantic Region of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. The Colonials made their first NCAA Championships appearance in May and won their first Atlantic 10 Championship since 1979 in April.
"This was a solid year for GW men's tennis," said head coach Greg Munoz. "We have expectations to break into the NCAA rankings consistently over the next four years. Regionally, we will strive to break into the top five. Our region is incredibly tough and it will be an exciting road trying to break through."
The doubles team of senior co-captain Erik Hannah and junior Ugur Atalay finished the season as the 10th-ranked pairing in the Atlantic Region. The tandem finished the season 15-11 overall, including an 11-9 record at No. 1 doubles and a 5-1 mark against A-10 opponents.
"Our No. 1 doubles team of Hannah and Atalay had a history of big wins. They produced some very credible wins, especially at the All-American tournament," said Coach Munoz.
GW (15-8) competed in its first-ever NCAA Championship, falling to No. 12 Duke, 4-0, on May 13.
The Colonials 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. GW, 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.
ITA Men's Atlantic Rankings
ITA Men's Doubles Atlantic Rankings
1. Courtney/Shabaz - Virginia
2. Domijan/Jenkins - Virginia
3. Collins/Horny - Maryland
4. Graber/Beck - Virginia Tech
5. Whiteford/Vidal - William and Mary
6. Bouchier/Bader - Penn State
7. Tocci/Somen - Virginia Tech
8. Singh/Rooda - Virginia
9. Rams/Vizhunov - Temple
10. Hannah/Atalay - George Washington