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Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Men's Tennis Returns Home, Hosts George Washington
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/05/2012

HARRISONBURG, Va., April 5, 2012 - After going 2-1 in three Colonial Athletic Association road matches last weekend, the James Madison men's tennis team returns home to face non-conference George Washington on Friday.

The Dukes are 8-8 on the season after defeating Delaware 7-0 on Friday, William and Mary 4-1 on Saturday and a Sunday loss to VCU 7-0. Madison is led by juniors Ryan Pool and Greg Vladimirsky.  Pool boasts a 10-5 singles record as well as leading the Dukes with eight doubles victories while Vladimirsky is 10-6.  Two other Dukes also hold eight-win singles records.  Senior Tommi Nissinen, who had gone eight matches without a loss before falling at VCU, is 8-4 for JMU and junior Florent Sentenac has an even 8-8 record.

The Colonials enter competition with an 11-7 overall record, including a 7-3 tally on the road, with wins over common opponents, Old Dominion (4-3) and East Carolina (4-3).  George Washington, however, also has a loss to William and Mary (4-1), whom the Dukes beat last weekend for the first time in 16 years.

GW is led in singles play by freshman Francisco Dias, ranked 100th in the nation, who boasts a 13-4 record.  Also helping to fuel the Colonials are Ugar Atalay, 10-4, and Leonardo Lapentti, 10-3.  In Doubles play, the team of Ulrik Thomsen and Alexander van Gils hold a 14-2 record while Atalay and Dias are 12-5 for George Washington.

Competition between the Dukes and the Colonials is set for 1 p.m. at the Hillside Tennis Courts.

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