Hoyas Win Three Flight Championships at Navy Invitational

Brian Ward

Oct. 10, 2011

Final Stats

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's tennis team had a successful weekend at the Navy Invitational as the Blue & Gray picked up four flight championships in the five-team event.

The pair of senior Andrew Bruhn (Storrs, Conn./E.O. Smith) and junior Charlie Caris (Des Moines, Iowa/Theodore Roosevelt) won the No. 1 doubles flight.

Additionally, there were three flight winners in singles play. Freshman Alex Tropiano (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) won the No. 6 flight and classmate John Brosens (Bedford, N.Y./Brunswick School) won at No. 8. Senior Brian Ward (Darwin, Minn./Litchfield) also won the No. 7 flight to round out the top performances.

On Friday, the Hoyas played a mix of matches against George Washington and Morgan State with the Blue & Gray winning all but two of the 12 matches.

In singles play, Caris was up, 6-2, on Richard Blumenfield from GW before Blumenfield retired the match with an injury. Freshman Shane Korber (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) came out on top at No. 3 against Morgan State's Eric Ward, 6-3, 6-3.

Rounding out the final four spots were wins against opponents from MSU. Sophomore Casey Distaso (The Woodlands, Texas/Edmond North) managed the 6-0, 6-4 victory over Dmitry Chekhlatyy, and Tropiano got the 6-0, 6-2 victory against Aaron Benjamin. Ward downed Duwane Thomas by a score of 6-0, 6-1 and Brosens defeated Jannick Yash 6-4, 6-1.

On the doubles side, the Hoyas ran the table. At No. 1, Bruhn and Caris won, 8-3, against a duo from George Washington. At No. 2, sophomore Andrew Dottino (New York, N.Y./The Pendleton School) andKorber defeated Morgan State's Ward and Duk Young-Park, 8-3, while the No. 3 pair of Distaso and Tropiano won 8-3 against another MSU pair. Brosens and Ward finished it out at No. 4 defeating Tash and Thomas from Morgan State by a score of 8-4.



On Saturday, the Blue & Gray played a match against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County with the Hoyas picking up three doubles and four singles victories.

In singles play, Caris started it off at No. 2 with huge 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-1) victory over Cristian Hodel. No. 4 Dottino then downed Kamal Patel 6-3, 6-2, while Distaso battled at No. 5 picking up the 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 win against Daniel Gray. Tropiano rounded out the wins with a victory over Eric Jarkowski in straight sets.

All three pairs that played won for the Blue & Gray.

Georgetown finished up the weekend with a match against Navy to decide it all.

In doubles play, the lone victory came from No. 1 pair Bruhn and Caris who defeated their opponents, 8-6.

In singles, Korber battled at No. 3 against Calvin Mack for the 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) win. Dottino added one more at No. 4 downing Tyler Burnett by a score of 6-1, 6-4. Tropiano, Ward and Brosens then pulled through at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8. Tropiano beat Nicholas Gutsche 6-4, 6-4, Ward defeated Matt Richmond 6-4, 6-3 and Brosens downed Chris Kenney 6-2, 6-0.

The Hoyas will have a week off before beginning ITA Regionals in Charlottesville, Va.

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