Virginia Commonwealth survives close match against George Washington
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- It took a marathon match, but top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth won the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship on Sunday by capturing the doubles point to defeat No. 2-seed George Washington 4-3. The Rams received 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 lead VCU to its first A-10 men's tennis title.
Due to bad weather, the matches were moved indoors, where singles play started first due to court availability.
George Washington, down 3-1 in singles, won the final two 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 against 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.