TENNIS | Women Down Montana State, End 6-Match Slide
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 00:02
Georgetown tennis performed well this weekend, with both the men’s and the women’s sides picking up big wins. The women’s team (2-7, 0-2 Big East) lost to conference foe DePaul 7-0 (12-1, 1-0 Big East) before it broke a six-match losing streak with an explosive 6-1 victory against the Montana State Bobcats (3-7, 2-7 Big Sky) the next day. For the men ,after losing a pair of matches to Yale and Bryant two weekends ago, the team (5-3) responded to defeat Davidson (2-7) by a score of 5-2 receiving impressive performances in both doubles and singles.
The men dominated right out of the gates in their Saturday match, picking up the doubles point with the help of juniors Alex Tropiano and Shane Korber as well as senior co-captain Casey Distaso and freshman Jordan Portner. Tropiano and Korber triumphed in the first doubles slot, while Distaso and Portner played second doubles — the first time they’ve been paired this season— and routed Davidson freshman Ricky Saad and sophomore Evan Watkins with a 6-1 result.
“I still want the guys to get experience,” Head Coach Gordie Ernst said. “Part of that is getting guys experience and rewarding great guys and captains like [senior] Andy Dottino.”
The Hoyas picked up four singles victories courtesy of sophomore Daniel Khanin, Korber, freshman Jack Murphy and Tropiano. Khanin played in the first singles spot for the Blue and Gray and defeated Wildcats senior Connor Evins in a straight-sets victory. Korber and Murphy were victorious after playing tight, three-set matches.
Ernst was particularly impressed by Korber’s performance.
“He won a tough first setter,” he said. “I mean, his opponent was blasting the ball, he had a lot of aces and winners, but he didn’t let anything rattle him”
Despite his team’s convincing victory, Ernst was impressed by the Davidson squad.
“They really have big team spirit and fight,” he said. “They’re always in your face which is a very aggressive style, but that didn’t bother us at all.”
On Friday, the Georgetown women’s team competed in a Big East match-up against DePaul. The Hoyas expected the Blue Demons to pose a significant challenge and they did not disappoint, sweeping Georgetown 7-0. Nevertheless, Ernst was impressed by his players’ toughness.
“They fought, they really, really fought,” Ernst said. “They didn’t play scared at all and they easily could have against the No. 45 team in the country loaded with girls who have played professional tennis before. Their number one player and their number three player I know specifically have played pro tennis in Spain and Germany, so that’s definitely another level up.”
Georgetown fell in two doubles matches which secured the doubles point for DePaul. Because DePaul had already won the doubles point, sophomore Liselot Koenen and freshman Victoire Saperstein’s match was left unfinished. The Hoyas continued to struggle in singles play, as they lost in straight sets in all of their singles matches except Saperstein’s three-set match with DePaul sophomore Ana Vladutu.
“Every match [Sapterstein] is getting better and better,” Ernst said. “I put her up at number two, and she went toe-to-toe with this girl and almost beat her and lost in three sets.”
The DePaul loss did not faze the Hoyas as the team rallied to defeat Montana State on Saturday and pick up its first win since Jan. 17. Georgetown dominated at doubles, courtesy of Koenen and Saperstein in the first slot and senior co-captain Madeline Jaeger alongside junior Sophie Panarese performing admirably in third doubles.
Except for Jaeger, who fell at second singles, the Hoyas won every singles match. Saperstein impressed yet again, picking up a straight-sets victory while competing in the first singles spot for the first time in her collegiate career.
Senior co-captain Kelly Comolli won 6-3, 6-1 in her third singles spot, while freshman Sophie Barnard triumphed at fourth singles in a 6-3, 6-2 win. Panarese and freshman Madeline Foley played at fifth and sixth singles, respectively, each winning their matches to round out the Hoyas dominate performance.
The win signified a shift in the Hoyas’ momentum going forward.
“Show me someone who accepts losing and I’ll show you a loser,” Ernst said. “Let me tell you, our girls do not accept losing.”