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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Aaron Esparza.

For the No. 54 men’s tennis team, this weekend’s impressive pair of wins against local rivals, Georgetown and George Mason, weren’t unexpected, but they were important steps on the team’s journey for a top seed in the upcoming Atlantic-10 Tournament.

In Friday’s Senior Day matchup against Georgetown (7-11), the Colonials were propelled to an easy win by the mixture of emotions, clinching the meet early at the No. 2 singles spot. While the team collectively dominated in singles, freshman Julius Tverijonas and senior Ulrik Thomsen undoubtedly stood out with their straight sets wins.

Senior Nikita Fomin hits a serve during GW's 5-2 victory over Georgetown. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Senior Nikita Fomin hits a serve during GW’s 5-2 victory over Georgetown. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

In doubles, with the match already won, the Colonials tested with new lineups – something they had been hesitant to do all season because of their lack of depth. The consistent No. 1 group of junior Francisco Dias and Tverijonas won, 8-4, but the experimental pairings of Thomsen and senior Sinan Ipeker, as well as Fomin and sophomore Azan Piperno proved to be less successful.

Overall, however, it was, “a really nice way to wrap it up,” said Svensson, describing his last ever home match at GW.

“It was a very special feeling to finish up the last match on the GW courts with a win and seeing my fellow seniors also winning,” Fomin said, “I was very happy to end on a good note. But to have the last match on the GW courts was a little bit sad so it was a mixed feeling.”

Senior Ulrik Thomsen serves the ball in GW's 5-2 victory over Georgetown. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Senior Ulrik Thomsen serves the ball in GW’s 5-2 victory over Georgetown. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The (5-2) victory put the team back in the win column after a ranked loss last week to Wake Forest last week.

Saturday’s win against George Mason (12-8) brought GW within one point of the Patriots in the tight Revolutionary Rivalry, 8-7.

In doubles play, the No. 1 duo of Dias and Tverijonas – No. 86 in the nation – were tested by George Mason’s Joe Hill and James Lange, but eventually took the win in a tiebreaker. Apart from that small hiccup, the Colonials easily took the doubles point with convincing wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots.

In singles, GW never faced any serious threat, with all six players winning in straight sets. In the end, the Colonials took the win 7-0 and moved to 14-6 on the season with a 3-0 record in conference play.

According to head coach Greg Munoz, the weekend’s wins will not raise the team’s position to a No. 1 seed in the A-10, but will help them solidify the No. 2 slot. These wins make the squad “mentally fresh,” he said, knowing that they are “playing our best tennis [of the season].”

If the Colonials maintain their No. 2 seeding, their first tournament match will be a Friday matchup at 1:00 p.m. in Charlottesville, VA next week.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza.

The men’s tennis team may have finally confronted its ceiling this weekend.

The No. 53 team in the nation showed its conference dominance through the first two games of the weekend, comfortably handling Atlantic 10 rivals Fordham and Richmond, 5-1 and 6-1, respectively. But in its loss to No. 21 Wake Forest, the Colonials also showed the vast difference between top 60 and top 25 teams.

During the victories, sophomore Danil Zelenkov extended his streak of unbeaten play to 12 matches, winning in straight sets both days.

Seniors Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svennson practice on the Mount Vernon Campus earlier this week. Hatchet File Photo

Seniors Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svennson practice on the Mount Vernon Campus earlier this week. Hatchet File Photo

On Sunday, the team traveled to take on No. 21 Wake Forest – easily GW’s highest ranked opponent of the season. The team knew they were up against a powerhouse, but one that had lost four of its last 10 matches.

According to head coach Greg Munoz, with the Demon Deacons playing their second match of the day, the game plan was to tire their opponent with “1000 percent effort, energy, and focus.”

The team showcased that effort early in doubles play, when the No. 76 duo of junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas won a close tiebreaker, 8-7. However, the No. 2 pair of senior Nikita Fomin and Zelenkov were not as fortunate, finding themselves on the losing end of a similar tiebreaker, 7-8. In the No. 3 spot, the senior duo of Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen came up short against Wake Forest’s Adam Lee and Anthony Delcore, losing the set, 5-8, and giving away the doubles point.

Though the Colonials performed admirably, it was clear in singles play that the Demon Deacons were, simply, the more talented team. With a roster that boasted three nationally ranked players, Wake Forest secured the 4-0 win quickly with wins at the No. 1, 2 and 4 slots.

Despite the unbalanced results of the weekend, Munoz described his team’s situation as, “an unknown team that’s been steady in the rankings.”

GW (12-6) lost an opportunity to solidify its impressive season with a win against a top 25 team, but proved once more that they are still a threat to grab one of the top two seeds in the A-10 Tournament. The Colonials are now perfect in conference play, at 2-0, with less than two weeks remaining before postseason competition.

The Colonials will move on this weekend in their home finale against Georgetown Friday at noon.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza

In its first match since having it’s seven-game win streak snapped, the men’s tennis team not-so-surprisingly responded with a weekend of dominant play.

The Colonials took down Morgan State (1-8) and UMBC (9-7) by overwhelming scores of 7-0 and 6-1, respectively.

Despite starting out “a little sluggish” in the doubles match against UMBC, GW would find its rhythm midway through the match and turn up the intensity as play continued. The Colonials swept the matches, 8-4, 8-3 and 8-6 to take the first point.

During singles play, GW came out with the heightened energy and swept every match in straight sets. In the No. 1 matchup, junior Francisco Dias edged out Morgan State’s Duk-Young Park 6-4, 6-3. In the No. 2 through No. 6 matches, the most competitive result was a 6-2, 6-1 win from senior Nikita Fomin.

With Saturday’s dominating 7-0 sweep of the Bears, the team clearly looked to have rediscovered its confidence. Assistant coach Anthony Lee enthusiastically described the squad as “match tough, match ready, confidence ready, and ready to go to work tomorrow.”

Although Sunday’s matchup brought a much more formidable opponent in UMBC, it was the same story of dominance for the Colonials.

GW jumped out to an early win in doubles, with the three pairs comfortably handling the competition by scores of 8-6, 7-3 and 8-2.

In singles play, the No. 2 through No. 6 spots were once again convincingly won in straight sets. Senior Viktor Svensson, who was only serving at 50 percent according to head coach Greg Munoz, had an especially impressive win, considering the injury.

Freshman Julius Tverijonas had his first game-clinching point of the season, 7-5, 6-3, taking the weight off traditional upperclassmen closers, seniors Ulrik Thomsen and Svensson.

The only UMBC point of the day came from a determined Justin Carter against Fomin – 3-6, 7-6 and 10-8. But by then, the match was already out of reach at 6-0.

After this weekend’s success, the team has an almost two-week lull in competition before conference play. Munoz said the team will look to “sharpen up” doubles play in preparation for the approaching Atlantic 10 Tournament April 17.

Next on the schedule for the Colonials is a conference matchup against Fordham (3-9) at the Mount Vernon Tennis Center, Friday April 4th.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:40 p.m.

Women’s tennis can’t keep up with VCU

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rob Bartnichak.

The women’s tennis team fell to VCU on the road Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center in Richmond, Va., falling by the score of 7-0.

The Rams won all doubles matches to get the early point, and then swept GW in the individual matches. Freshman Taylor Nederlander – competing in the No. 3 spot – would win four games in her match, the most by any Colonial on the day.

The loss brings the Colonials overall record to 4-5 and 2-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Rams came in having lost two straight matches, while GW had won four of its last five, but VCU showed why it was picked to win the A-10 at the start of the season.

“Going into the match, we knew VCU was at a higher level than any team in the conference,” head coach Greg Munoz said. “But I was happy with the way we competed.”

Nederlander lost her match 6-4, 6-1, while senior Leah Pascarella – playing in the No. 1 position – was defeated by No. 72 Cindy Chala 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Lana Robins lost her match 6-0, 6-3, playing in the No.2 slot.

“I enjoyed the way I competed, but I had a lot of frustrating points,” Robins said. “We just need to take advantage of the opportunities and those big points.”

Despite the defeat, both Munoz and his players saw the match as an opportunity to develop. Despite VCU being at a higher level than his team, Munoz recognized that the Rams are also at a higher level than every other team in the conference. In other words, after seeing how his girls played, the score might have come out different today against other A-10 foes.

“I thought that if the women compete like they did today, we’re going to win every match this year,” Munoz said.

The loss to VCU gives GW back-to-back A-10 losses, as they have not won a conference match since defeating Massachusetts and Fordham in the first week of March.

The team is back in play Sunday morning at 11 a.m. on the road against James Madison. The Colonials next conference matchup will be against Duquesne March 30 in Pittsburgh.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza.

Coming into the 2014 spring season, the women’s tennis team was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 – smashed in between Massachusetts at No. 3 and Fordham at No. 5.

With a 5-2 win against the Minutemen and a 4-1 win against the Rams this weekend, the Colonials showed that preseason votes are not going to decide their season’s fate.

Carrying momentum from its first win – a 6-1 performance against UMBC – GW looked like more than a conference contender this weekend.

In the conference opener against UMass, a combined effort from the doubles pairs of senior Isabella Escobar and freshman Taylor Nederlander, as well as freshman Grace Egger and sophomore Lana Robins, took care of the doubles point with 8-5 and 8-6 wins, respectively.

From this early spark, the team took control of the singles matches, grabbing 4 wins and 2 losses to secure the 5-2 win.

Even more exciting, for the team’s long-term hopes, was the return of sophomore Stephanie Wei after a three game hiatus due to injury. Wei and senior Leah Pascarella looked fresh in their doubles match, leading 7-5 before it went unfinished, but Wei would go on to lose her first singles match of the season, 3-6, 2-6.

With just Saturday to rest, the team traveled to face Fordham Sunday, in many ways repeating the same game plan they executed against the Minutemen.

The newfound strength in doubles continued as the duo of Robins and Egger again dominated in an 8-1 performance, while the team of Pascarella and Wei looked even more comfortable en route to an 8-2 win.

The Colonials finished singles play with three more victories, all of them coming in convincing straight sets. The most impressive: Egger’s perfect 6-0, 6-0 match in the No. 6 slot. Egger would be one of four Colonials to win both her singles matches on the weekend, along with Robins, Pascarella and Nederlander.

Explaining this dramatic turnaround, head coach Greg Munoz cited the recent “top form” Pascarella has shown for the team in competition, as well as the emotional lift that Wei’s return has brought to the lineup.

Despite the excitement from the weekend, it was not that long ago that this team was desperate for its first win. Munoz believes that the team’s new direction is setting them on the right path to accomplish their preseason goals of being a top three seed and making it to the A-10 finals.

Standing in the way are 16 more equally important regular season matches, with one date in particular – April 6 – standing out to the Colonials.

It’s not the start of the A-10 tournament, but instead, just a regular season matchup against conference-rival Richmond. To Munoz, who is still figuring out the women’s conference in his first year as head coach, he knows how much of a milestone a win against the Spiders would be.

“If we can show that we can beat Richmond that says a lot about the women’s program,” Munoz said.

GW was defeated by Richmond in the A-10 quarterfinals two seasons ago and lost to them 5-2 in a regular season match last year. Before VCU’s A-10 Championship win last season, the Spiders had won four consecutive conference titles.

To be successful against powerhouses like Richmond, GW will need the continued contributions and leadership from its only two upperclassmen: co-captain seniors Isabella Escobar and Leah Pascarella.

Additionally, the Colonials will need to continue their recent success in doubles play. Munoz, knowing the importance doubles has in setting the tone for each match, has transferred his strategy from the men’s team of focusing on the doubles point. The women have slowly adapted this style of play to the point that it has “become a real strength” Munoz declared.

Although their record (3-3) may not sound too intimidating, this women’s tennis team has already shown they can handle adversity, with the abrupt head coaching transition being almost unnoticeable. Don’t be surprised to find this team competing for a top spot in the conference standings and making noise come late April.

Next on the schedule is a back-to-back home stand against Saint Louis and Towson, March 10 and 11. They will be the first matches at the newly refurbished GW Tennis Center for either tennis team this season.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday, senior Ulrik Thomsen gave his men’s tennis teammates a present of their own, clinching their 4-3 win over St. John’s Sunday, with a come from behind victory.

Last week, the men’s tennis team got off to a rough start, dropping back-to-back matches to Top 75 opponents. With such lofty goals as an Atlantic-10 championship, getting back on track this past weekend was a must.

Arriving at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the Colonials immediately jumped out to a good start, taking the first point of the evening on the strength of their doubles play. In the first match, junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas ran away with a 6-1 victory, followed in the second match by senior Nikita Fomin and sophomore Danil Zelenkov with a 6-3 win.

Head coach Greg Munoz said earlier this season that consistently getting the doubles point will be huge for his team, especially against tough, evenly matched opponents like A-10 foe VCU.

In singles action, GW faced a stronger threat from the Red Storm offense. Although St. John’s never seemed to dominate any individual match, they instead took advantage of their collective depth against the shallow Colonials squad.

In the first singles match, Dias faced off against St. John’s R.J. Del Nunzio and lost the first set by a close score of 5-6, but rallied to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-3 to take the point. In match No. 2, Fomin experienced the first loss of the evening against SJU’s Erick Reyes with an uneven score of 5-6, 6-1, 1-6.

The two teams continued this back-and-forth struggle, reaching a score of 3-3, until Thomsen gave the Colonials the victory with two very strong final sets (5-6, 6-4, 6-3).

While it may be easy to concede this match as GW’s ability to defeat only unranked opponents, it’s hard to ignore the intangibles behind the victory that could serve the team well as it ramps up for more competitive play. That sentiment was echoed by Munoz after the match.

“Great heart [shown by] Francisco Dias and Ulrik Thomsen,” Munoz said. “Those two guys’ wins today made a huge statement of our improvements, our mental toughness, and hopefully it starts us towards more winning ways.”

GW will head to Hanover, NH this weekend for the ECAC Indoor Championships.

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Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 12:30 a.m.

Women’s tennis loses tight match in Annapolis

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Hassan Haider.

Despite wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, the women’s tennis team dropped to 0-2 Saturday afternoon, falling to Navy in a close 4-3 match.

Senior Leah Pascarella, an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection last season, won in her No. 2 singles match, 2-6, 7-5 (10-4), while sophomore Lana Robins was victorious in the No. 1 singles slot, 6-2, 6-0. Ultimately, though, losses in two of the three doubles matches would do in the Colonials, as they couldn’t grab the vital doubles point.

Senior Leah Pascarella serves at a match on the Mount Vernon Campus last season. Hatchet File Photo

Leah Pascarella serves at a match on the Mount Vernon Campus last season. Hatchet File Photo

Taylor Nederlander also won at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 7-5, as did the duo of Grace Egger and Robins in the first doubles match, 6-1.

“I think the slower courts hurt us at No. 2 doubles,” head coach Greg Munoz said. “No. 3 we should have won, but an ankle injury from the Maryland match hurt our chances.”

Pascarella echoed her head coach saying, “the courts did not allow me to play the way I normally do. I had to really focus on being consistent in the second set to get the win.”

Despite starting the season with two losses, Munoz believes that the team is not in trouble.

“These were two tough matches and knowing that Richmond lost 5-0 to Maryland and Georgetown lost 4-3 to Navy shows we are not in bad shape,” Munoz said.

Moving forward, he believes the freshman will play a much larger role in strengthening the team, and made it clear that he will not hesitate to make adjustments to the team’s starting lineup.

“There will be some changes in the singles and doubles lines to give us a more competitive team.”

Looking ahead, the next match for the Colonials will be on Feb. 14 when they face Liberty at the Wheaton Indoor Tennis Center in Maryland.

“We have a already made a lot of progress from our first loss against Maryland two weeks ago,” Pascarella said, “so as long as we continue to work hard and in practice and keep our intensity up, we will be in a good place against Liberty.”

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Then-freshman Danil Zelenkov hits a serve during practice. | Hatchet File Photo

Then-freshman Danil Zelenkov hits a serve during practice. | Hatchet File Photo

Sophomore Danil Zelenkov and junior Francisco Dias hit a wall on day three of the ITA All-American Championships this week, failing to move on in singles or doubles play.

The Championships are a nine-day tournament, beginning with pre-qualifying matches last Saturday. Because of their rankings, Zelenkov and Dias were automatically placed into the qualifying draw, which began earlier this week.

On Monday, day one of the qualifying draw for the Tulsa, Okla. tournament, Zelenkov stormed back after losing his first set, winning the second and third sets 6-2, 6-2, to take down Arkansas’ Manfed Jeske. The comeback win was even more satisfying for Zelenkov, as former GW assistant head coach Nester Briceno now serves as the assistant coach for the Razorbacks, no doubt giving Jeske a strategic edge going into the match.

“I think it was very important [winning in the first round] considering I wasn’t playing my best tennis and it was against an SEC School,” Zelenkov said. “And any comeback match when you kind of have to dig deep is really tough, and I think it’s a good feeling when you come on top of it in the end.”

Dias did not fair as well in opening round play, losing to No. 67 Harrison Adams of Texas A&aM, 6-1, 7-5, and sending him to the consolation bracket.

“I was a little disappointed by losing that first match, but I figured that 50% of the players lose the first round,” Dias said. Most of them are great players because normally only ranked players or very good schools are there.”

Tuesday served as the beginning of doubles competition for GW, a format in which Zelenkov and Dias were competing together for the first time. The inexperience didn’t phase the duo, though, as they cruised to an 8-2 victory over the duo from Oklahoma State.

Both players continued that momentum into their singles matches, with Zelenkov winning his match over No. 99 Alvaro Nazal (Gonzaga) 6-4, 6-4, and Dias rebounding to win his final consolation match 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. Like Zelenkov’s opening round match, Dias’ opponent – Chip Cox – had a bit of a strategic advantage, Dias said, as one of his friends is a teammate of Cox.

It’s the type of coincidences that happen in the small world of college tennis, especially in an exclusive tournament like this one where only top ranked players compete.

Continuing on to day three of competition, Zelenkov and Dias failed to move on in both singles and doubles play. The duo lost a heartbreaker, 8-7, against UTSA’s Diogo Casa and Yannick Junger, and then Zelenkov, looking for his third straight victory over a ranked opponent, fell 6-1, 6-4 to No. 73 Arturs Kazijevs of SMU.

“Overall we had a successful trip,” head coach Greg Munoz said in a press release. “Danil and Francisco had never played doubles together but they learned a lot about how to compete and came so close to reaching the main draw. Danil keeps improving and he is ready to make that jump into being a top nationally ranked singles player. Francisco also continues to improve and I expect him to do big things this season.”

The Colonials return to the court this weekend for the Virginia Fall Classic, where they will be sending seniors Nikita Fomin and Victor Svensson and freshman Daniel O’Connor.

-Ellee Watson contributed to this report.

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Leah Pascarella was the Georgetown Classic singles winner this weekend. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ellee Watson.

With two lady Colonials making the finals, the women’s tennis team was guaranteed to come out of the Georgetown Classic this weekend with win a title

Senior Leah Pascarella reclaimed her singles’ title by beating her teammate sophomore Lana Robbins 6-4, 4-6, and 10-5 (in a tiebreak).

“That’s pretty much how it is in practice,” Pascarella said. “We go back and forth all the time. A tie-breaker is really a symbol of how we play because that’s how it would normally be in practice anyway.”

Interim head coach Greg Munoz was not surprised to have two GW women in the final of the tournament spread across three campuses – Georgetown, UVa., and the Mount Vernon Campus.

“They were are top two players last year, and they will be out top two players this year, for sure,” Munoz said.

After going 3-3 at their opening tournament, the Tiger Classic, three weeks ago, the Lady Colonials were warmed up and ready to take the Georgetown Classic. Six players made it into the singles’ Round of 16, three made it into the quarters, and two made it to the finals.

Pascarella took the level of play this weekend as a sign the team could do big things this season.

“It is my last season, and I want to make it my best yet, and this team looks really strong. Probably the strongest team in my four years,” Pascarella said. “So I really think we can do some damage in the conference and even higher than that.”

Also competing under head coach Munoz  this week was the men’s team, who opened up its fall season this weekend with separate tournaments – the Georgetown Classic and The UVA Ranked +1 Tournament.

At the Georgetown Classic, freshman Daniel O’Conner made his debut for the Colonials, earning one of only two GW singles’ win on Friday, winning his match 6-1, 6-2 over Norfolk State University’s Igor Braga.

O’Conner had a similar streak of success in the double tournament, making it all the way to the semi-finals with partner, senior Ulrik Thompsen, after defeating the duo from Christopher Newport 8-3.

“They made a good showing. We used to bring our top players to this tournament, and win every year,” Coach Munoz said, “Now we bring the 5th, 6th, and 7th positions, so making the [semi]final is a big achievement for them.”

The two nationally ranked Colonials, junior Francisco Dias and senior Nikita Fomin, represented GW at The UVA Ranked +1 Tournament and brought along their doubles partners – senior Victor Svensson and sophomore Danil Zelenkov, respectively.

Last year, Fomin won the Gold Singles championship and Dias reached the Orange Singles final before losing to the No. 2 player in the country. This go-round, GW would not fair so well.

Dias, who is ranked No.94 nationally, won his first match 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, but hurt his shoulder in his second and had to forfeit. It was a sign of the overall rough showing the men’s team had at the tournament this year.

Fomin, ranked No.70 heading into the season, lost his first match to North Carolina’s Brett Clark 3-6, 6-7, but bounced back in the back draw bracket to win his next match. Svensson followed suit, losing his first match in three sets, and then coming back to defeat Michigan’s Michael Zhu 7-5, 7-6. Zelenkov would lose both his matches during the tournament.

“It is a ranked tournament, so every match is tough. They did okay. They didn’t win all their matches, but they didn’t lose all of them either,” Coach Munoz said.

 

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Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 1:10 p.m.

Colonials to enter season with national rankings

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Sean Hurd.

Then-freshman Francisco Dias sends it back to an opponent last season. Dias will head into this season with the No. 94 national ranking. Hatchet File Photo

As the men’s tennis team prepares for it’s first swing at fall competition in the coming weeks, two veteran Colonials got an extra boost for their preseason training.

Senior Nikita Fomin and junior Francisco Dias were both ranked in the top 100 singles rankings on the 2013 ITA Division I Preseason Rankings released on Friday.

Fomin, who heads into his second and final season as a Colonial, will wear the No. 70 ranking. Dias, who was ranked as the No. 89 player at this time last fall, will enter 2013 play as the No. 94 ranked singles player in the country.

Last season, both Fomin and Dias led the Colonials to their fourth straight Atlantic 10 Championship title match appearance and a 17-7 overall record.The Colonials also finished their season as the No. 4 ranked team in the Atlantic region and the No.73 ranked team in the nation.

As the No. 1 singles player for GW, Fomin’s won four matches over nationally ranked opponents last season, highlighted by a nail-biting victory against No. 28 Max Wennakoski of VCU in the A-10 Championship. Like Dias, Fomin also earned a spot on the A-10 All-Conference First Team, and finished his season ranked as the No.12 player in the Atlantic Region.

Fomin was named team MVP, after transferring to GW from Stony Brook University last season. A native of Moscow, Russia, Fomin ended the 2012 season with a team best 24-8 overall record and a 17-6 doubles-match record.

As the No. 2 singles player on the ladder for head coach Greg Munoz, Dias posted an 11-11 record, and finished the season with an overall record of 19-14, earning himself a spot on the A-10 All-Conference First Team. Dias ended his season as the No. 13 player in the Atlantic Region, while Fomin finished his debut season with the Colonials ranked as the No.100 singles player in the country.
Over the course of the 2012-2013 season, Dias, who could have been labeled as an underdog in many of his matches, defeated more than five opponents ranked in the top-70 nationally.

GW will start their run at a fifth straight A-10 title match appearance with fall play Sept. 20 at two separate events – the Georgetown Fall Classic and the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational.

 

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