Fomin, Dias of GW Men's Tennis Earn ITA Preseason National Rankings
Colonials Duo Claims Top 100 Spots Heading Into 2013-14 Season
Sep 6, 2013
WASHINGTON - After guiding the George Washington men's tennis team to its fourth straight Atlantic 10 title match in 2013, senior Nikita Fomin and junior Francisco Dias have debuted with top 100 singles rankings on the 2013 ITA Division I Preseason Rankings, the governing body released on Friday.
Fomin, who wrapped his first season in Buff and Blue as the No. 100 singles player in the nation and the No. 12 player in the Atlantic Region, enters fall 2013 action with a No. 70 ranking. Dias, who was tabbed the No. 13 player in the Atlantic Region at the completion of last season, debuts at No. 94.
The nationally ranked pair was instrumental in the Colonials' run at the conference championships in April while helping GW cap the season with an overall record of 17-7 and a No. 73 national team ranking. The Colonials also closed the year as the No. 4 team in the Atlantic Region.
Fomin had an impressive 2012 fall season and entered the spring with a No. 96 singles ranking to his credit. Lastseason, Fomin upset four nationally ranked opponents, highlighted by a three-set thriller over No. 28 Max Wennakoski of VCU in the A-10 Championship. The Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection produced a team-best overall record of 24-8 and a dual-match record of 17-6 as the Colonials' No. 1 singles competitor.
Dias entered the 2013 spring season with a No. 76 national singles ranking and posted upset victories over five top-70 opponents throughout the 2012-13 season. He was named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team for the second time in as many seasons after going 19-14 overall and posting an 11-11 record at the No. 2 singles slot in the spring.
GW opens fall competition on Friday, Sept. 20 at two separate events - the Georgetown Fall Classic and the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational.