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GW Men's Tennis Extends Win Streak with 5-2 Decision over Richmond
Friday, 03/30/2012

WASHINGTON – The George Washington men’s tennis team extended its winning streak to seven matches after earning a 5-2 decision over Atlantic 10 foe Richmond on Friday at the GW Tennis Center.

Senior Ugur Atalay – the reigning A-10 Performer of the Week – now owns an eight-match singles winning streak, while junior Alexander van Gils has won six straight singles matches.

The Colonials (10-6, 2-1 A-10) earned the doubles point with Nos. 1 and 2 match victories. The duo of Atalay and freshman Francisco Dias downed the Spiders’ Sebastien Fauchet and Jesse Feder, 8-3, and sophomore Ulrik Thomsen and van Gils teamed up for an 8-2 second-flight victory over Dylan Trent and Aaron Wicker. Senior Richard Blumenfeld and freshman Mike Kachkar dropped a tight 8-7 match to Dunbar and Paul Nahon in the No. 3 spot.

Dias – who is ranked No. 100 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll – opened singles play with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dunbar at No. 1. Despite dropping the first set to Fauchet, 3-6, Atalay powered back with set scores of 6-4, 7-5, to earn the victory in the No. 2 match.

Van Gils glided to an easy 6-2, 6-0 win over Feder at the No. 3 spot, and in the fourth-flight, junior Leonardo Lapentti earned a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, win over Aaron Wicker. Blumenfeld was edged by Nahon, 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 5 match, and Thomsen retired his No. 6 match with Trent.

GW welcomes Charlotte on Saturday for a 10 a.m. match, followed by Fordham later in the afternoon at 3.

George Washington 5, Richmond 2
Singles
No. 1 – Francisco Dias (GW) def. Ethan Dunbar (RICH) – 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 – Ugur Atalay (GW) def. Sebastien Fauchet (RICH) – 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 – Alexander van Gils (GW) def. Jesse Feder (RICH) – 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 – Leonardo Lapentti (GW) def. Aaron Wicker (RICH) – 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 – Paul Nahon III (RICH) def. Richard Blumenfeld (GW) – 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 – Dylan Trent (RICH) vs. Ulrik Thomsen (GW) – Retired

Doubles
No. 1 – Dias/Atalay (GW) def. Fauchet/Feder (RICH) – 8-3
No. 2 – Thomsen/van Gils (GW) def. Trent/Wicker (RICH) – 8-2
No. 3 – Dunbar/Nahon (RICH) def. Blumenfeld/Kachkar (GW) – 8-7

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