Sept. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown men’s tennis squad hosted their annual Georgetown Classic tournament over the weekend. The tournament was played from Fri., Sept. 20 until Sun., Sept. 22 at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Courts on Georgetown’s campus. Rain slightly disrupted play on Saturday.
Daniel Khanin received a bye in the round of 64 to start the tournament as he made his way up to the quarterfinals. Khanin defeated Nick Garcia of Johns Hopkins, 4-6; 6-0; 10-1, and then beat Rafael Alverex of ASA, 6-3; 6-2, in the round of 16. Khanin fell to Norfolk State’s Dmitry Zyhmantovich, 6-3; 6-0. Khanin was one of three Hoyas to reach the quarterfinals in the men’s singles bracket.
Yannik Mahlangu downed Norfolk State’s Sam Lemberger, 6-4; 6-1, in the round of 32 before winning against Daniel O’Connor in the round of 16, 7-5; 6-2. After winning the first game in straight sets, 6-0, Mahlangu dropped the next two sets to ASA’s Jack Boling, 6-2; 10-1.
Shane Korber, the third Hoya to reach the quarterfinals, beat Johns Hopkins’ Jeremy Dublin, 6-4; 6-2, and Norfolk State’s Daniel Grauel, 6-3;6-1, on the way to the quarters before losing to ASA’s Tim Srkala in the quarters, 6-2;6-1. Tim Srkala of ASA went on to defeat his fellow teammate Jack Boling in the finals to win the tournament.
Co-captain Casey Distaso won his first match against Norfolk State’s Peter Pello, 6-4; 7-5, but then lost to Norfolk State’s Robin Riethmueller, 7-5; 6-0, in the round of 16.
John Brosens won his first match in the round of 64 when he downed Christopher Newport’s Joona Rahko, 6-1; 6-2, but fell in the next round to Mike Buxbaum of Johns Hopkins, 6-4; 6-1.
Alex Tropiano lost his first match in the round of 32 to eventual finalist, Jack Boling of ASA. Tropiano lost the first set, 6-1, but came back in the second to win 6-4. Bolin took the game and the match in the third set when he won 10-7. Tropiano moved into the consolation bracket where he beat Arttu Fiva of Christopher Newport, 6-1; 6-0, but before losing to Igro Braga of Norfolk State, 6-7(3); 0-1 ret(inj).
Jack Murphy lost in the round of 64 to Emerson Walsh of Johns Hopkins, 6-4; 6-3, but went to the finals in the consolation bracket. On his way to the finals, he defeated Sam Thomson of ASA, 6-0; 6-1, George Washington’s Sinan Ipeker, 6-1; 6-1, Greg Cistulli of Christopher Newport, 6-2; 6-3, and Norfolk State’s Igor Braga, 6-0; 6-1. Murphy won the second set in the finals, but ending up losing the match to Jeremy Dubin of Johns Hopkins, 7-6(4); 1-6; 10-4. Dubin ended up in the consolation bracket when Shane Korber defeated him in the round of 32.
Jordan Portner fought a long three-set match against Sam Weissler of Johns Hopkins in the round of 64 where he won the first set but lost by the final of 2-6; 7-6(3); 10-5. Portner ended up defeating Andrew Pagan of UMBC, in the consolation bracket, in straight sets without dropping a game, 6-0; 6-0, before losing in the consolation quarterfinals to Jeremy Dubin of Johns Hopkins, 6-4; 6-0.
Max Novak lost first match in the round of 64 to Trey Morris of ASA, 7-6(1); 6-1, and then lost in the first round of the consolation bracket to Chirag Shetty of Christopher Newport, 6-4; 6-1.
Khanin and Tropiano reached the semifinals in the doubles bracket, beating a pair from Christopher Newport and Johns Hopkins before losing in the quarters to Tim Srkala and Jack Boling of ASA, 8-4. Khanin/Tropiano reached the farthest in the doubles for the Hoyas.
Dottino and Murphy lost their first doubles match of the weekend to the eventual champions, Srkala and Boling of ASA, 8-7; 7-5.
Shane Korber and Yannik Mahlangu defeated a pair from ASA, 8-0, in the first round before beating the Corty/Dubin pair of Johns Hopkins, 8-3. Korber/Mahlangu dropped to a pair from George Washington in the quarterfinals.
Distaso and Novak of Georgetown suffered the same fate at Korber and Mahlangu. The pair ending up losing to Igor Braga and Robin Riethmueller of Norfolk State in the quarterfinals, 8-6.
The men are back in action in the Margaux Powers Memorial Tournament in Providence, R.I. on Sat., Oct. 5.