Doubles Play Lifts GW Over ECU Tennis
Feb. 6, 2011
WOODBRIDGE, Va. --- East Carolina and George Washington split six singles matches, but the Colonials (1-2) won two of three pro-sets to capture the doubles points and hand the Pirates (4-1) their first setback Sunday afternoon 4-3 at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex.
George Washington captured the doubles point by posting victories at flights No. 2 and No. 3. Christopher Kushma and Alexander van Gils teamed up for an 8-3 triumph over Henrik Skalmerud and Stian Tvedt at the No. 2 position. The Colonials clinched the doubles points as Richard Blumenfeld and Viktor Svensson defeated Massimo Mannino and John Schmitt at the No. 3 slot, 8-6. The ECU No. 1 doubles team of Jaroslav Horvath and Joran Vliegen recorded an 8-5 win over Ugur Atalay and Erik Hannah.
In singles play, ECU picked up victories at the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 slots as Mannino rolled past Yan Levinski (6-2, 6-2), Vliegen disposed of Kushma (6-2, 6-3) and Schmitt defeated Hannah (7-6, 4-6, 1-0).
The Colonials used a 3-6 6-2, 6-1 win by Atalay over Horvath at No. 1 to clinch the match after van Gils defeated Skalmerud (6-2, 6-3) at No. 3 and Svensson rallied past Mario Martinez (5-7, 6-2, 6-3) at the No. 6 position.
East Carolina will return to action Friday, Feb. 11 when it travels to Norfolk, Va. to face Old Dominion in a non-conference meeting beginning at 2 p.m.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 4, EAST CAROLINA 3
No. 1 - Horvath/Vliegen (ECU) def. Atalay/Hannah (GW) 8-5
No. 2 - Kushma / van Gils (GW) def. Skalmerud/Tvedt (ECU) 8-3
No. 3 - Blumenfeld/Svensson (GW) def. Mannino/Schmitt (ECU) 8-6