April 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's tennis team (12-9; 3-0 BIG EAST) earned the fifth seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Championship held at Notre Dame's Courtney Tennis Center between April 18-21. The Hoyas will take on fourth seeded Marquette at noon on Friday, April 19. It is the highest seed Georgetown has earned under the helm of Head Coach Gordie Ernst.
The Hoyas enter the tournament with a 12-9 overall record and an undefeated record of 3-0 in league play. The Hoyas defeated eighth-seeded UConn 7-0 and won 4-3 against both ninth-seeded St. John's and sixth-seeded Villanova. GU has won 11 of its last 12 matches.
Last season in the BIG EAST Championship GU was seeded seventh and lost to second seeded Louisville 4-0. The Hoyas were then to face Marquette in the consolation round but the match was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Hoyas last faced the Golden Eagles in the 2011 BIG EAST Championship consolation round and fell 4-0.
Senior co-captain Charlie Caris (Des Moines, Iowa/Theodore Roosevelt) leads the Hoyas into South Bend going 18-13 overall in singles play. He has a 12-8 record in dual matches and has won eight of his last 10 matches. Caris went 5-7 at No. 1 and 7-1 at No. 2. He has 56 singles wins in his four year career and amassed 58 doubles victories.
Caris was matched in singles wins by junior co-captain Casey Distaso (The Woodlands, Texas/Edmond North), who also notched 18 wins. Distaso led GU in win percentage with an 18-7 overall record (.720). He has won nine of his last 10 matches and went 17-15 in doubles.
Sophomores Daniel Khanin (Baldwin, N.Y./Pendleton), Alex Tropiano (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) and Shane Korber (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) have all been major contributors to the season. Khanin posted a 15-15 singles record playing mainly at number one and two. Tropiano is on a five-match winning streak and went 15-9 on the year with a 10-2 mark on court six. Korber played the majority of his matches at four or five and went 17-16.
Graduate student Reese Milner (Los Angeles, Calif./Crossroads) closed his regular season with a 12-13 mark, going 8-7 at third singles. He had a 14-8 doubles record and was a solid 11-3 when teaming up with Khanin at third doubles.
The winner of Friday's contest will advance to a 9 a.m. match on Saturday, April 20, against the winner of top-seeded Notre Dame and either eighth-seeded Connecticut or ninth-seeded St. John's.
For full results and the latest news from the 2013 BIG EAST Championship visit: http://www.bigeast.org/Sports/Tennis/2013mensTennisChampionship.aspx