The Georgetown men's tennis team ended its fall slate with a definite improvement and several strong individual performances at the Veterans Day College Challenge in Arlington, Va. Last weekend. The Hoyas finished in second place by three teams with a record of 16-7 in singles and 6-6 in doubles.
In October, the Hoyas competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals, where they did not perform as well as they did at the Joe Hunt Invitational. Foster was able to advance to the 16 round and junior Connor Lee came to the 32 round. The team as a whole had no other notable against the fierce competition in this tournament.
Georgetown was one of three teams participating in the Veterans Day College Challenge competing against the United States Military Academy and the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy hosted the tournament. As with the rest of the season, the Hoyas performed better in the singles competition than in the doubles. Seven of Georgetown's nine singles competitors ended up winning records, including three undefeated records, and all of Georgetown's undefeated competitors won each match in straight sets.
Continuing to build on a strong finish to the season last spring, junior Luke Ross finished with the best record on the team, winning 3-0; Ross didn't even need a draw for any of his sets in a dominant performance. Also undefeated, sophomore Andrew Rozanov and Foster both went 2-0 this weekend as they look to be the mainstays of Hoya's & # 39; future's lineup. Rozanov won both matches by a wide margin, while Foster won the first set of both matches in a draw before ending his opponents in the next set.
Georgetown also had four competitors finish with a 2-1 winning record. Lee was split as a top seed and finished with the best record among the top seeds. He won each of his first two matches before losing his last match in three sets. Lee had his big share of nail bitters this weekend, with five of his seven sets ending in breakouts. Senior Ian Witmer was able to return after losing his first set in two straight matches before dropping his third and final match. Like their teammates, both rookie Harry Yang and junior Mark Militzer won their first two matches before losing their last match.
The Hoya & # 39; s last two competitors did not have the same success as their teammates, but remained competitive, keeping every single set close. Junior Rohan Kamdar was able to win his first match but then finished with a final record of 1-2 as his competition became more difficult with each match, against experienced opponents with track records of success at the national level. Despite finishing 0-2, sophomore Justin Cheun's matches were all close in terms of the games won.
The tournament was Georgetown's third and final tournament this fall. The Hoyas started the season at the Joe Hunt Invitational in late September. There, Cheun ended up as the Orange Flight co-champion, and newcomer Kieran Foster was able to prevail in all three of his matches. In doubles, Cheun and the other Carlos Grande also joined as co-champions for their flight.
In doubles matches, Georgetown also had a fair performance – finishing 6-6 as a team – just not as good as in singles. Double matches only lasted one set. The pair of Foster and Witmer went 2-1 and won their first two matches before dropping their last match 6-4. Yang and Militzer also ended 2-1, including a dominant 6-0 win in their second match, before running out of steam and dropping their final match of the weekend.
Kamdar and Rozanov ended 1-2, losing their first match in a draw, 7-5. Finally, the pair of Lee and Ross also finished 1-2 and won their first match 6-0 before losing the next two.