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Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 8:51 p.m.

Colonials picked to repeat as A-10 championship

Men's Tennis Team

The men's tennis team celebrates winning a team academic excellence last season. | Hatchet File Photo

The men’s tennis program, which grabbed the Atlantic 10 title last season, was picked to once again win the championship, the league’s head coaches voted today.

The 2011 A-10 title was GW’s second-ever, and it’s first since 1979. The Colonials went on to enter in the NCAA tournament before falling in the first round to Duke.

Head coach Greg Munoz also earned A-10 Coach of the Year honors for the 2011 season.

This season, GW returns three of its league-best six All-Conference picks from last year. Senior Ugur Atalay, who earned first-team honors last season, posted a 6-12 record at No. 1 singles in spring dual action, also registering an 11-9 record at No. 1 doubles with teammate Erik Hannah. Second-team selection junior Alexander van Gils went 11-9 in singles play during the 2011 campaign, and fellow second-team honoree sophomore Viktor Svensson earned a 15-3 record at No. 6 singles, including a streak of nine consecutive victories.

The Colonials’ spring 2012 conference action kicks off Feb. 5 at Temple.