Men’s and women’s tennis play strong against Mason

April 23, 2018

Thursday afternoon proved to be a big one for Georgetown’s Tennis program. Both the men’s (7-5, 1-0 Big East) and women’s (4-11, 0-1 Big East) teams took on their rivals from across the river, George Mason. The women’s team dominated, winning 7-0, while Mason’s men’s team (7-14, 1-6 Atlantic 10) put up more of a fight, but the Hoya men still came out victorious, 4-3.

Junior Sydney Green of Mason (6-13, 2-5 Atlantic 10) stuck with Georgetown’s No. 1 seed, Junior Risa Nakagawa, but Nakagawa ultimately prevailed winning 7-5, 6-4. The No. 2 spot senior Sara Swift dominated Mason’s freshman Brianna Gibbs 6-1, 6-0. At the No. 3 position, Hoya Senior Drew Spinosa outlasted Mason freshman Hannah Yang 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Christine McCarthy of George Mason gave Senior Daphne de Chatellus her best, but Georgetown’s No. 4 spot came out on top 7-5, 6-4. No. 5 spot senior Casey Marx and No. 6 spot junior Sydney Goodson finished things up with victories over Freshman Kayleigh Hahn and Freshman Hannah Cianciola 6-0, 7-6 (4) and 6-2, 6-3 respectively.

The women earned their seventh point in the doubles match up, where they won 2 out of three sets. The No. 1 team lost, but the No. 2 combo of Junior Cecilia Lynham and Spinosa made up for it by besting Mason’s Yang and Cianciola 6-0. Swift and Goodson also won their doubles set against Nicole Haigwood and Hahn, 6-1.

On the men’s side of things, the Blue and Gray failed to pick up a win in the doubles point. The No. 3 duo of sophomore Ian Witmer and junior Michael Chen did pick up a win, but the top two teams both lost.   

While the men’s doubles lacked, the singles made up for it. Freshman Connor Lee started off the winning with 6-4, 7-5 against his No. 2 opponent, senior Daniel Gutierrez. Fellow freshman Mark Militzer faced Mason’s sophomore Jakob Nielsen in perhaps the most nail-biting matchup of the day. He lost the first set 4-6, but won the second 6-3. Then with added pressure, the Hoya rookie beat out his opponent in a long 11-9 set. No. 1 Rohan Kamdar and No. 6 Charlie Sharton won the last two sets to give the Blue and Gray the edge. Kamdar beat sophomore Edward Ayers 5-7, 6-3, 10-4, while Sharton thwarted senior Giuliano Buzoianu 6-2, 6-0.

Both teams will play conference rivals Villanova’s men (9-13, 0-1 Big East) and women (10-9, 2-2 Big East) at home on Saturday. The women start things off at 10 a.m. with the men following at 2 p.m. For more updates and breaking news, follow @GUVoiceSports on Twitter.

Teddy Carey
Teddy is a junior and currently an Assistant Halftime Leisure Editor. He is an avid fan of Gaelic hurling and the state of Arkansas. In his free time, Teddy advocates for the raising of NBA hoops because the league is currently too easy.

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