HARRISONBURG, Va., April 6, 2012 - In a contest that featured two singles matched played to three sets and another that required tiebreakers in the first two sets, the James Madison men's tennis team fell to visiting George Washington 5-2 on Friday. The loss dropped the Dukes to 8-9 on the season while the Colonials improved to 12-7.
Madison kicked off the match on the wrong foot, dropping the doubles point two matches to one. At the No. 1 spot, the Colonials' Ugar Atalay and Francisco Dias topped the Dukes' senior/junior pair of Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France/Aux Lazaristes Minimes(Wayne State)) and Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual) 8-2. Alexander van Gils and Ulrik Thomsen then downed junior Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar(Chattanooga)) and Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier(Auburn Montgomery)) 8-2 in No. 2 doubles to win the doubles point for George Washington. JMU's other senior/junior pair, Tommi Nissinen (Oulu, Finland/Kastellin Lukio) and Hugo Ramadier (Rome, Italy/Lycee Francais Chateabriand (Northern Arizona)) picked up a win over Viktor Svensson and Leonardo Lapentti, 8-7, in the No. 3 position.
The singles matches were tightly-played throughout, with Nos. 1 and 5 going a full three sets and No. 3 singles playing tiebreakers in both sets. Although Vladimirsky grabbed the first set, Dias, the 100th-ranked player in the nation, battled back to earn a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.
At No. 5, Nissinen jumped out to a quick one-set lead over Thomsen. The Colonial fought back, however, taking the next two sets, 6-2, 6-4, to earn another GW point. At No. 3, Sentenac gave everything he had against van Gils. After Sentenac fell in set one 7-6(2), the pair went to another tiebreaker in the second set. However, van Gils came out on top again, winning the point with a 7-6(11) victory.
The Dukes earned points at both the Nos. 2 and 4 positions. Pool took down Atalay, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 2 position, earning his 11th victory of the season, and Ramadier beat out Lapentti, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 4 for his 10th of the season.
In the No. 6 position, Blumenfeld topped junior Bastien Russo (Lyon, France/Notre Dame des Minimes (Shorter)) in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
JMU returns to action Saturday, April 7, when the Dukes go on the road to take on Richmond at 2 p.m.
George Washington 5, James Madison 2
April 6, 2012
1. Atalay/Dias (GW) def. Moulin/Vladimirsky 8-5
2. van Gils/Thomsen (GW) def. Pool/Sentenac 8-2
3. Nissinen/Ramadier (JMU) def. Svensson/Lapentti 8-7
1. #100 Dias (GW) def. Vladimirsky 3-6,6-3,6-4
2. Pool (JMU) def. Atalay 6-3,6-1
3. van Gils (GW) def. Sentenac 7-6(2) 7-6(11)
4. Ramadier (JMU) def. Lapentti 6-1,7-5
5. Thomsen (GW) def. Nissinen 0-6,6-2,6-4
6. Blumenfeld (GW) def. Russo 6-4,6-2