Men’s tennis ends skid with win over Temple

March 20, 2018

The Georgetown men’s Tennis team (3-4, 1-0 Big East) scraped out a victory over the Temple Owls (8-5, 0-1 AAC) on Saint Patrick’s Day, winning their match 4-3. This victory broke a three-match skid for the Hoyas.

The Hoyas’ first win in doubles came when Temple’s third-seed team retired after going up on Georgetown 1-0, giving freshman Connor Lee and junior Michael Chen the victory. The second-seed match went in favor of the Owls, with sophomore Ian Witmer and senior Marco Lam losing 6-2 to Temple’s team. After the first two matches concluded, the final doubles pairing decided the first point of the match. Seniors Peter Beatty and Mac Rechan handled Temple senior Thomas Sevel and junior Alberto Caceres Casas with a smooth 6-3 win.

Before starting the singles matches, the players knew that they had to win three of the six to pull out a victory, and they did just that. Chen, Georgetown’s sixth-seed singles player, took an easy 6-1, 6-3 victory over Temple freshman Michael Haelen. This win snapped a three-match losing streak for Chen. Lam, the Blue and Gray’s fifth seed, won his first set 7-5 after a tight service battle and then held sophomore Eric Biscoveanu to only one game in his 6-1 second set victory, bringing the Hoyas only one point and one match win away from their third victory of the season. Lee, Georgetown’s fourth seed, had to fight through his two sets, but managed to beat Francisco Bohorquez 7-5, 7-5, securing the win for the Hoyas. Unfortunately, the top three singles players, Beatty, freshman Mark Militzer, and freshman Rohan Kamdar, fell to Temple’s top three, but each match was hard fought. Beatty and Kamdar went to three sets, and Militzer came back from a tough 6-1 first set to force a second set tiebreak.

The team has a few days to look back on their close victory and look forward to their match against Marquette (9-4, Big East) on Friday, set for 11 a.m. at Yates Field House. For more updates and breaking news, follow @GUVoiceSports on Twitter.

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