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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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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson.

This week, Francisco Dias and Danil Zelenkov captured the A-10’s Performer of the Week and Rookie Performer of the Week awards, respectively.

Dias and Zelenkov were both undefeated in singles and doubles matches last weekend, which propelled GW forward to a perfect 3-0 weekend.

This marks the first Performer of the Week nod for Dias this season, who garnered the title four individual times in 2012.

Zelenkov is on an eight-match single winning streak, with Dias not far behind, winning seven out of his last nine matches. He’s also win the rookie award for four straight weeks.

The Colonials fell in their final regular season match to VCU Tuesday.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson.

Freshman Danil Zelenkov earned A-10 rookie of the week honors again this week, his third straight award and fifth this season. It’s the most weekly awards given to an A-10 freshman since 1999.

The announcement on Tuesday came after his outstanding weekend performance, where he helped the Colonials to a 2-0 weekend.  Zelenkov was undefeated in both No. 3 and No. 2 singles as No. 67 GW continued its winning streak with a 5-2 victory over St. John’s. He was also undefeated at Georgetown Sunday afternoon.

The freshman has maintained a 12-4 record on the season and, along with his team, is on a five-match singles winning streak.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jake Deitcher.

Danil Zelenkov received his second straight Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Rookie Performer of the Week award after going undefeated at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles in a victory against local rival George Mason Saturday.

Zelenkov and his doubles partner, junior Nikita Fomin, earned a tight 9-7 victory over their opponents on Saturday. Zelenkov dominated in his singles match, winning 6-1, 6-0.

Zelenkov has earned the Rookie Performer of the Week award four times this season, which is the most by any freshman in the Atlantic 10.

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Monday, April 1, 2013 5:10 p.m.

Men’s tennis team defeats George Mason

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson.

The nationally-ranked GW men’s tennis team surged past George Mason this past Saturday, capturing a 6-1 victory over the Patriots.

The Colonials swept doubles play. Earning victories was GW’s No. 1 pair, junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Gils, defeating the Patriots’ Tanner Baine and Taylor Sargent 8-4.

GW’s No. 2 tandem of junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov also found success against George Mason’s Jimmy Davis and Scott Keaton, with a 9-7 win.

Coming off a No. 80 national ranking, the No. 3 pair of Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti claimed an 8-5 win over the Patriots’ Christopher Borden and Jordan Dyke.

Trying to keep the momentum in singles, Fomin lost his first set to Dyke 2-6 but prevailed and dominated the next two sets, 6-1 and 10-7.

Ulrik, in the No. 5 spot, followed suit and helped Sargent to scoreless decisions 6-1, 6-0. Dias, Zelenkov and Van Gils all also captured singles wins to help cement the Colonials’ victory.

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Then- freshman Francisco Dias sends it back to Fordham last season. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jake Deitcher.

The men’s tennis team remains undefeated in Atlantic 10 conference play after topping Richmond 5-2 on Saturday.

The No. 59 Colonials were scheduled to face No. 25 VCU Sunday, but the match between the two ranked conference foes is postponed due to weather.

GW (9-5, 3-0) swept Richmond in doubles play and earned victories at the Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 6 singles positions. Junior Nikita Formin set the standard from his No. 1 singles position. Formin defeated Richmond’s Ethan Dunbar in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2.

The most dominant performances of the day came from juniors Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svensson. Thomsen and Svensson dominated their opponents immediately, earning wins in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2, from the No. 5 and 6 positions, respectively.


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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson.

The men’s tennis team garnered A-10 two awards this week. After a 2-1 record over the weekend, junior Nikita Fomin was awarded the Atlantic 10 Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week and freshman Danil Zelenkov was christened the league’s Rookie Performer of the Week.

This is Fomin’s first award as a Colonial- the junior transferred to GW before the 2012 season. It’s Zelenkov’s second award of the season, after he won the rookie title in February.

The weekend also resulted in the Colonials’ highest ever-national ranking at No.45 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association during head coach Greg Munoz’s seven-year term.

Their records are win-heavy. Fomin now has a 7-4 dual-match singles play and 2-0 on the No.1 spot. Zelenkov owns an even stronger record with a 7-3 dual match record. The duo together as No.2 doubles pair are now 6-3.

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Then-freshman Francisco Dias, shown here during the 2011 tournament season. | Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Johnson.  

The men’s tennis team captured two of their three victories this weekend, including back-to-back sweeps of A-10 opponents.

Earlier in the week, the Colonials earned the No. 50 spot from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and looked to capitalize on that heading into the weekend.

Heading into Friday’s match with a 5-4 record, the Colonials sought revenge from a 4-2 loss to the Lions during the first round of the ECAC Championships February 15th. But the Colonials, ranked 50th, suffered a 4-3 decision to No.33 Columbia on the Lions’ home court.

In the match against Columbia, strong performances were had by doubles team junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelekov, who captured an 8-4 win over the Lions. Fomin and Zelenkov also seized the Colonials’ only singles wins against the Lions.

But the Colonials rebounded from the loss against Columbia,  and recorded a clean sweep against Temple, blanking the Owls 7-0.

With a clean sweep, the momentum rolling, the Colonials sought and attained their second scoreless sweep of another A-10 opponent, Fordham.

The doubles team of Fomin and Zelenkov finished strong, holding off Fordham with an 8-1 decision. Sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti further re-enforced that momentum with an 8-3 decision of their own.

Rounding off the Colonials’ second straight scoreless win of the weekend at No. 5 spot was Lapentti, who defeated the Rams’ Max Peara, 7-5, 6-2.

The Colonials are looking to keep the pace going as they head to California to compete at the USTA Calabasas Futures and tackle dual matches against UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.

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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 12:49 p.m.

Men’s tennis team earns national ranking

Then- freshman Francisco Dias sends it back to Fordham last season. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jake Deitcher.

The men’s tennis team received a No. 50 national team ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association yesterday, breaking into the national rankings after facing six nationally ranked opponents over the early part of its season.

The ranking comes after the Colonials topped both No. 60 Georgia State and No. 61 South Alabama last weekend. The team’s ranking is its highest-ever during head coach Greg Munoz’s seven years at GW.

“Putting 10 or more nationally ranked teams on our schedule was a chance we had to take in order to make our presence known,” head coach Greg Munoz said in a release. “It is early in the year and there is always work to do and things we can improve upon, but it is nice to achieve a solid ranking at this point in the season.”

The Colonials are two-time defending Atlantic 10 champions and have faced tougher out-of-conference opponents in the early stages of the spring season compared to past seasons. They are 4-2 against top-70 ranked teams this spring.


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Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 9:01 p.m.

Weekend Wrap-up

A lot of Colonial sports teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at what we couldn’t fit on the page:

Men’s Squash

The Colonials went into play at the College Squash Association Team Nationals looking to defend their championship title from last year.

In its first matchup of the weekend, GW scratched away a 5-4 victory over No.23 Hamilton. The team picked up straight set wins from freshman James Reiss at the No.3 position and junior Chris Bell at the No.9 to jump out to an early lead.  With the score tied late 4-4 though, it was senior Omar Sobhy’s win at the No.1 position that ultimately clinched the match for the Colonials.

In Saturday’s semi-final match against host Wesleyan, the Colonials ended on the opposite side of a close match, falling to the Cardinals 5-4.  Reiss and freshman Reid Breck again picked up early wins, and heading into the final two matches, the Colonials held a 3-2 advantage. But two five-set losses ended GW’s shot at a repeat and instead sent the Cardinals to thecChampionship match.

Looking to rebound in Sunday’s season ending match, the Colonials defeated Bowdoin, 5-4, giving them third place in the Championships and a final national ranking of No.20.  For the third straight day Sobhy won his No.1 position, this time again to close out the match for GW.  The win brings his senior year record to 18-3 and brings his career wins total to 58- the all-time high at GW.

Breck, too, finished out the weekend undefeated, bringing his debut season victory tally to 19, the most on the team.


Women’s Tennis

The Colonials won their fourth straight match over the weekend, defeating UMBC 5-2 on Sunday.

GW grabbed the first point of the match with wins at the No.1 and No.2 doubles slots.  Senior Mimi Hamling and Leah Pascarella defeated their No.1 opponents 8-1, while senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins grabbed a comeback 8-5 victory at the No.2.

In singles action, the Colonials took home wins in the Nos. 1-4 spots, quickly closing out the match.  Pascarella continued her dominance, giving up only a single set in her 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No.1 position.


Men’s Tennis

GW defeated two nationally ranked opponents this weekend, dominating No. 61 South Alabama by a score of 6-1, and then defeating No. 60 Georgia State, 4-2.

In doubles action against South Alabama, junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Glis combined for a 8-3 victory at the No.1 spot, while sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned a hard-fought 9-7 victory in the No.3 position.

Dias moved on to win his No.1 singles match 6-4, 6-4 over No.49 ranked David Leitner.  The rest of the Colonials went on to win four out of the remaining five singles matches, including a 6-2, 6-2 win from freshman Danil Zelenkov and a 6-0, 6-2 win from Thomsen in the final match.

Sunday’s match against Georgia State opened differently, with the six singles matches going first.  Junior Nikita Fomin defeated his No.2 opponent 6-3, 6-0, while Zelenkov and Thomsen also captured victories again.  In a down to the wire finale, Lapentti won his No.5 position by a score of 7-6, 7-5, closing out the win for the Colonials.

GW will faced another ranked opponent next weekend in a rematch against No.46 Columbia.


Women’s Water Polo

The Colonials went 3-1 over weekend action, dropping their first match to Wagner before bouncing back for three straight wins against Villanova, Siena and Iona.

In their first match of the CWPA/MAAC Crossover, GW let Wagner get out to a commanding 5-1 lead and never pulled within closer of three goals, as they fell 15-10.

The Colonials found their groove in the next match against Villanova, matching a school record for goals scored as they defeated the Wildcats, 23-18.  Junior Megan Brolley also matched the program’s mark for points in a game, tallying nine points on six goals and three assists.  In addition to Brolley’s contributions, freshman Hannah Cox recorded a career-high five goals and sophomore Meagan Moreland grabbed a career-best six points on four goals and two assists.  For the game, the Colonials went 9-of-11 on man-up opportunities.

In the second day of action, GW jumped out to a 7-1 lead against Siena, eventually extending it to a 10-1 margin, before reaching the final score of 11-7.  Cox scored a team best four goals in the game, while sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander had seven saves in three quarters of play.

In a much more contested match against Iona, the Colonials outscored the Gaels 4-1 in the final period to break a 9-9 tie and grab the win 13-10.  Cox again led the team with five goals, while junior Katherine Berry recorded a hat trick.

Cox finished the weekend with 18 goals, making up almost a third of the Colonial’s offensive attack.



Despite finishing in fourth place at Maryland’s quad meet this past weekend, the Colonials posted a season-high team score, 194.825, as well as a season-high score in floor exercise, 49.100.

Host Maryland took the event with a score of 195.600, followed by Bridgeport (195.200) and Pittsburgh (194.875).

In addition to the two season-high marks, the Colonials also matched their best marks of the season on uneven bars, 48.675, and vault, 48.650.

Junior Betsy Zander placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.075- only her second time breaking 39.000 this season.  Sophomore Courtney Willoughby tied for 10th on the balance beam with 9.700, and then went on to post a career-high 9.85p on floor exercise to earn herself fourth place.

Senior Stephanie Stoicovy also placed fifth behind Zander in the all-around with 38.825.

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