NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington’s Francisco Dias and Richmond’s Jacob Dunbar have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Tennis Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, respectively, in a vote by the league’s head coaches. In the same vote, GW’s Greg Munoz has been named Coach of the Year.
Dias earned his second Most Outstanding Performer honor and third First Team All-Conference selection, finishing at 11-7 in the top two singles flights this spring (17-10 overall) for the Colonials, including a straight set win against VCU’s No. 67 Alexis Heugas in the 2014 A-10 Men’s Tennis Championship, the second conference title of his career. Dias and freshman Julius Tverijonas are currently ranked 83rd nationally, going 12-7 at No. 1 doubles this spring. In addition to being the only A-10 men’s tennis student-athlete to earn the distinction of Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie Performer in the same season (2012), the Lisbon, Portugal, native becomes the sixth player in A-10 history to earn at least two Most Outstanding Performer nods since 1992.
After losing his first singles match of the spring to No. 50 VCU’s Nick Jones, Jacob Dunbar then rattled off an impressive 22-match winning streak at No. 2 singles (29-5 overall), including a three-set win against No. 52 GW’s Nikita Fomin, Duquesne’s Pete Carpenter and George Mason’s Joe Hill. Dunbar also paired with brother Ethan in the top doubles flight, going 13-5 this spring (23-8 overall), defeating GW’s pair of Francisco Dias and Julius Tverijonas (then ranked No. 76). The Medina, Ohio, product picked up a pair of wins in the A-10 Championship against George Mason before falling to top-seeded George Washington in the semifinals.
Joining Dias on the 12-member All-Conference first team are fellow Colonials Nikita Fomin, Julius Tverijonas and Danil Zelenkov; VCU’s Alejandro Argente, Alexis Heugas and Jean Baptiste Mateo; Duquesne’s Pete Carpenter and Rich Robbie; Richmond’s Ethan Dunbar and Jacob Dunbar and George Mason’s Jimmy Davis .
The All-Conference second team consists of Dayton’s Drew Hanley and Bernardo Sanson; George Mason’s Joe Hill and Jimmy Lange; George Washington’s Viktor Svensson and Ulrik Thomsen; Duquesne’s Alex Aleman; Fordham’s Matty Najfeld; St. Bonaventure’s Elliot Fanshel; Saint Joseph’s Jose Sierra; Saint Louis’ Pat Kella, and VCU’s Michal Voscek.
The six-member all-academic team includes Duquesne’s Pete Carpenter; Fordham’s Matty Najfeld; George Washington’s Ulrik Thomsen and Danil Zelenkov; Saint Joseph’s Andres Urrea, and Saint Louis’ Pat Kella.
In just his eighth season at the helm for GW, Greg Munoz has compiled an overall record of 112-70 and has led the Colonials to three league titles in the last four years, earning Coach of the Year in each of those seasons (2011, 2012, 2014). Munoz reached the 100 career-victory mark on March 2 when the Colonials knocked off No. 70 Charlotte, No. 60 UNC Wilmington and East Carolina in a tripleheader in North Carolina. GW posted a 5-5 record against top-70 competition, finishing the spring ranked No. 52 (as high as No. 51) and will make its third NCAA appearance in four years. Munoz has coached 38 All-Conference and All-Academic selections in his career, including eight selections this season.