Men’s tennis advances to A-10 finals for fifth-straight year

Media Credit: Seniors Ulrik Thomsen and Viktor Svennson practice on the Mount Vernon Campus earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

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

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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