April 28, 2013

CINCINNATI, Ohio--It took a marathon match, but top-seeded VCU won the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship Sunday by capturing the doubles point to defeat No. 2 George Washington 4-3 Sunday at the Queen City Racquet and Fitness Club. The Rams recieve the A-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The win also marked the 1,000th career coaching victory for VCU coach Paul Kostin, who led VCU to its first A-10 men's tennis title. He also led the Rams to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Championship last weekend.

The men's championship final was moved indoors due to overnight rains and more forecasted inclement weather. Sunday's singles matches were played first due to indoor court availability. The first three rounds of the championship were played outdoors at the Lindner Family Tennis Center inn Mason, Ohio.

George Washington, down 3-1 in singles, won the final two thrilling singles matches to force the deciding doubles round. The nearly five-hour long match was a battle with five sets being decided by tiebreakers.

VCU's doubles team of Alejandro Argente and Jaime Vazquez defeated Danil Zelenkov and Viktor Svensson at No. 3 doubles. GW held a lead at No. 2 doubles, but VCU's Alexis Huegas and Dylan McCloskey defeated Alex van Gils and Ulrik Thomsen at No. 1 doubles to secure the point and win the match.

VCU took an early lead in singles when Huegas defeated Francisco Dias at No. 2 singles and Michal Voscek beat Leo Lapentti at No. 5 singles to establish a 2-0 lead.  The Rams also captured No. 6 singles when Vasquez defeated Thomsen.

GW scored its first point at No. 3 singles, when Zelenkov won a three-set match over Argente.  The Colonials then won a pair of marathon matches at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, both of which needed multiple tiebreakers to decide.  Nikita Fomin beat Max Wennakoski at No. 1 and Alexander van Gils defeated Claes Goransson at No. 4, forcing doubles play to decide the winner.

Match 11: #1 VCU DEF. #2 George Washington, 4-3

SINGLES
1. Nikita Fomin (GW) d. Max Wennakoski (VCU) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9)
2. Alexis Heugas (VCU) d. Francisco Dias (GW) 7-6 (3), 6-1
3. Danil Zelenkov (GW) d. Alejandro Argente (VCU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Alexander van Gils (GW) d. Claes Goransson (VCU) 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 7-5
5. Michal Voscek (VCU) d. Leonardo Lapenti (GW) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jaime Vazquez (VCU) d. Ulrik Thomsen (GW) 6-3, 6-4
Order of  Finish: 2, 5, 6, 3, 1, 4

DOUBLES
Huegas/McCloskey (VCU) d. van Gils/Thomsen (GW) 8-5
Wemmakoski/Voscek (VCU) vs.  Lapentti/Dias 4-7 DNF
Argente/Vazquez (VCU) d. Zelenkov/Viktor Svensson (GW) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1