FILE PHOTO: LEONEL DE VELEZ/THE HOYA Senior Lauren Greco and the Hoyas take on fourth-seeded DePaul tomorrow.
Senior Lauren Greco and the Hoyas take on fourth-seeded DePaul tomorrow.

All season, the Georgetown men’s and women’s tennis teams have been preparing for the Big East tournament, which got underway yesterday in Tampa, Fla. The women’s squad (16-5, 5-2 Big East) won their first-round match with ease yesterday, defeating Seton Hall (7-15, 3-6 Big East), 4-0. The men’s team has a date with Louisville this morning at 9 a.m.

The fifth-seeded women had a strong start, sweeping the doubles point. Sophomore Tina Tehrani and junior VickySekely routed their counterparts, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles, and freshman Sophie Panarese’s and sophomore Madeline Jaeger turned in an 8-2 win at No. 3.

The Hoyas kept the momentum going in singles, winning three straight matches to seal a 4-0 win over the Pirates. At No. 3, Sekely downed her opponent, 6-1, 6-1. Tehrani won her No. 2 match, 6-1, 6-0, and Jaeger’s 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 clinched the match.

Because the Blue and Gray had sealed the match,Panarese and sophomore Kelly Comolli, playing No. 6 and No. 4 singles, respectively, did not finish their matches, although both players had already won their first sets. Senior captain Lauren Greco trailed, 6-2, 5-1, when play in her match stopped.

The Hoyas will advance to play No. 4 seed DePaul today at noon. The Blue Demons (14-7, 5-2 Big East), ranked No. 69 in the nation, earned a bye in the first round of the tournament. Georgetown and DePaul did not go head-to-head during the regular season, but results against shared opponents indicate today’s match should be a close one: Both teams beat Connecticut during the regular season and lost to South Florida.

The men’s team (14-7, 2-1 Big East) enters the tournament on a roll, having won six of their last seven contests and coming off a big win over rival Villanova in the regular season finale. They are slated to kick tournament play off against No. 2 Louisville (16-8, 0-1 Big East) today at 9 a.m. The Cardinals boast an impressive out-of-conference record, but dropped their only Big East game against Notre Dame.

Should the Hoyas win, they would play the winner of St. John’s-Marquette on Saturday at noon.

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