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

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

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza.

The men’s tennis team is headed to the Atlantic-10 Championships final for the fifth-straight year after beating Richmond 4-0 Saturday.

In doubles play, the duo of senior Nikita Fomin and sophomore Danil Zelenkov gave up just one set to Richmond’s Alex Hahn and Canyon Teague. Fomin and Zelenkov would win the matchup handedly 8-1.

Following Fomin and Zelenkov, the No. 62 ranked team in the nation of junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas comfortably clinched the doubles point after winning their matchup 8-3.

In singles play, senior Ulrik Thomsen defeated his opponents in straight sets (6-2, 6-0), tallying an additional team point for the Colonials. The team found its last two points to clinch the match from the same pair that led the Colonials in doubles play, Zelenkov and Fomin.

At the No. 3 slot, Zelenkov won in a near-perfect performance (6-1, 6-0), followed closely by Fomin at the No. 2 slot who defeated his opponent in straight sets (6-2, 6-4).

Through the tournament’s two matches, GW has not surrendered a single team point to their opponents. The win Saturday also keeps the Colonials undefeated in conference play at 5-0.

The Colonials will face No. 2 seeded VCU in the A-10 Championships final for the second straight year tomorrow at 10 a.m. In last season’s final, GW fell to the Rams 4-3.

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Senior Viktor Svensson prepares to serve the ball in GW's 5-2 victory over Georgetown. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza

The No. 57 men’s tennis team took care of business in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship, blanking Dayton 4-0 Friday.

The top-seeded Colonials started the match with a comfortable 8-3 doubles win from senior duo Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svensson. The team then clinched the doubles point after senior Nikita Fomin and sophomore Danil Zelenkov won defeated their opponents 8-5.

Tied 5-5 against the Dayton duo of Josh Maylon and Bernardo Sanson, the No. 62  ranked pair of junior Francisco Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas saw play suspended once the doubles play point had been decided by their teammates’ respective wins.

​In singles, the team expanded its early lead with a quick win (6-0, 6-1) from Thomsen in the No. 6 slot. Tverijonas increased the lead to 3-0 with a win (6-1, 6-2) in the No. 4 slot. Svensson clinched the match for the Colonials against Dayton’s Andy Druffel (6-4, 6-1) out of the No. 5 position.

The dominant display by the Colonials prevented the top three slots from finishing their matches, highlighting GW’s deep roster.

The Colonials will continue play Saturday in a semifinals match against  No. 4 seeded Richmond. The Spiders defeated George Mason 4-1 Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinal. GW topped the Spiders 6-1 at home in their last meeting on April 5.

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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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