April 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's tennis team completed an impressive weekend on Sunday, posting the 5-2 victory over the Temple University Owls (7-9) at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex. On Saturday, the Hoyas won their first BIG EAST Conference match of the season defeating the University of Connecticut Huskies, 7-0. Georgetown improved to 11-6 overall and 1-0 in BIG EAST Conference play.
On Saturday, the Hoyas started strong with two victories in doubles play. The No. 2 pair of sophomore Andrew Dottino (New York, N.Y./The Pendleton School) and freshman Alex Tropiano (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) started out with the 8-3 victory. Junior Charlie Caris (Des Moines, Iowa/Theodore Roosevelt) and sophomore Casey Distaso (The Woodlands, Texas/Edmond North) also won at No. 3 by a score of 8-2.
Georgetown swept in singles play. Senior Andrew Bruhn (Storrs, Conn./E.O. Smith) won at No. 1 defeating Scott Warden 6-4, 6-2. He was followed by Caris and Dottino at No. 2 and No. 3 who both came out on top. Caris by a score of 6-0, 6-2 and Dottino in a three-set battle 7-6, 4-6, 10-3.
Senior Brian Ward (Darwin, Minn./Litchfield) came away with the 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory at No. 4 before Distaso won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5. Tropiano rounded it out with the No. 6 win by a score of 6-0, 6-0 to make the final 7-0 and help GU to its first conference win victory of the season.
On Sunday, it was much of the same as the Blue & Gray cruised to the 5-2 victory.
The three doubles pairs won to pick up the point early on. Tropiano and Dottino won at No. 2, 8-0, before the No. 1 pair of Bruhn and Ward pulled out the 8-5 victory. Caris and Distaso rounded it out with the 8-1 win at No. 3.
In singles play, Dottino downed Taylor Hairston at No. 4, 6-2, 6-4 to make the score 2-0 before Temple managed a point. Ward's 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 5 made it 3-1, but once again the Owls had an answer. Caris clinched the match with a big win at No. 2 downing his opponent in a three-set battle 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.
Distaso finished it off with the 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6 to make the final 5-2.
Distaso, Dottino and Caris all had solid weekends winning every singles and doubles match they competed in.
The Hoyas will take on Stony Brook University on Thursday at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.