The GW men’s tennis team won its eighth straight match Saturday, squeezing by visiting St. Bonaventure for a 4-3 win. The win against the Bonnies followed a 4-3 victory over Xavier Friday.
The successful weekend improves GW’s record to 14-6 and places the Colonials in a promising spot for the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championships, which run Thursday through Sunday. The Colonials have been battling for position with Xavier and St. Bonaventure to enter the tournament seeded second behind Richmond.
“Our mentality was focused on getting the No. 2 seed while we played this weekend,” freshman Jake Jopling said. “But we were also resting up players and preparing for a victory next week. A win at the tournament could mean our entrance into the NCAA.”
Jopling and teammate Brett Warner defeated Adam Price and Kevin MacDonald at No. 3 doubles Sunday.
Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Bonnies was fueled by the victories of Matt Hane and Kinzie Wright at No. 1 doubles, and Jopling and Warner at No. 3 doubles. The doubles point led the way to victories at No. 1, 5 and 6 singles by Matt Hane, Chris Moulton and Mike Melen.
Melen won the match for GW after the Bonnies had tied it with wins at No’s 2, 3 and 4 singles. With victory on the line, Melen defeated MacDonald 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1.
The doubles teams were also an integral part of Friday’s win over Xavier, with Hane and Wright taking the No.1 point and Matt Treadgold and Kevin Wright each earning points at the No. 2 doubles. Treadgold, returning from a back injury also took his No. 3 singles match against Xavier’s Brent Lehring, 6-1, 6-7, (3), 6-4.
Friday’s match was decided by singles victories, with Treadgold at No. 3 singles, Kevin Wright at No. 4 singles and Brett Warner at No. 6 singles, each defeating their opponents to put GW one point ahead for the match victory.
GW head coach Tom Hawkins rested key players Treadgold and Kinzie Wright Friday against St. Bonaventure to recover from injuries and maintain the team’s strength for Thursday’s A-10 match.