But they're the project leader. They're calling the shots so you use what they specify.
Most projects let you pick your editor, filesystem, distribution, etc. It would be nice to add version control to that list. That doesn't seem like it would be all that hard to do. There are already tools to migrate a repository between different version control systems and they mostly use similar concepts.
The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.