Looking to round into form before the Big East Championships next weekend, the Georgetown men’s tennis team defeated crosstown rival The George Washington University for the first time in a decade.

The Hoyas’ (6-5, 1-0 Big East) overall strong play yielded a 4-1 victory, with dominant performances in both singles and doubles competition.

The match opened with doubles play, where the combination of junior Will Sharton and his brother, freshman Charlie Sharton, earned a 6-3 victory. The duo of sophomore Ian Witmer and junior Michael Chen clinched the doubles point 6-1 win over the Colonials.

In singles play, Chen continued his successful day with a gritty comeback effort. The junior dropped the first set to his Colonial counterpart 4-6, but rallied to win the next two 6-4, 6-2, respectively, to prevail . Needing two more singles wins to clinch the match, the Blue and Gray showcased both its experience and youth in collecting two more points. Senior Marco Lam won in straight sets 7-6, 6-0, and Charlie Sharton dominated, not losing a game in his 6-0, 6-0 triumph.

Assistant Coach Courtney Dolehide emphasized the significance of the win for the Hoyas as they look forward to the Big East Championships.

“There’s no question that this was a big moment for us and a historical win for the program,” Dolehide said. “We have aspirations that go far beyond what we did today.”

The Hoyas will play one more match before the championships begin, as they battle conference rival Villanova on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

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