WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s and women’s tennis teams will open play at the 2017 Men’s and Women’s BIG EAST Tennis Championships on Friday in Cayce, S.C., at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center. The Hoya women earned the No. 3 seed in the championship, while the men are the No. 7 seed.
The men will open the tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. against the second-seeded St. John’s Red Storm. The teams met earlier this season with the Red Storm coming away with the 4-0 victory.
The Hoyas finished the regular season with a mark of 7-13 overall and 0-3 in BIG EAST Conference matches.
Georgetown is led by junior Peter Beatty (Portland, Ore./Middlesex School) and sophomore Michael Chen (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel High School). Beatty is 12-19 on the season with a mark of 4-12 at the No. 1 spot. Chen is 16-15 overall and plays a majority of the time at No. 2 with a record of 2-5. He is also 5-1 in the No. 4 slot.
Also posting double-digit victories on the season are junior Mac Rechan (Clayton, Mo./Clayton) and freshman Ian Witmer (North Palm Beach, Fla./The Benjamin School). Rechan is 15-9 on the season with a record of 4-1 at No. 5. Witmer is 13-9 on the year and 4-4 at No. 6.
In doubles play, the most consistent pair has been Chen and Witmer who are 9-4 overall with a mark of 6-4 at No. 3.
The women’s team will begin play on Friday at 4 p.m. against sixth-seeded Seton Hall University. The squads did not meet this season, but Georgetown won, 7-0, last year against the Pirates at the Georgetown Visitation courts.
The Blue & Gray went 12-5 overall during the regular season and posted a mark of 1-2 in BIG EAST matches. This is the highest seed ever under Hoya Head Coach Gordie Ernst.
The Hoyas have shown consistency throughout the season on the women’s side. Senior Victoire Saperstein (Las Vegas, Nev./Odyssey Charter School) is 13-10 overall and 9-7 at No. 1 as she approaches her 100th career victory. Junior Sara Swift (Vail, Colo./Saint Edward's School/Wake Forest) plays No. 2 with a 16-9 mark overall and a record of 7-2 in the second position. Sophomore Risa Nakagawa (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) rounds it out with a record of 18-9 overall and a 6-1 mark at No. 3.
Sophomores Cecilia Lynham (Chevy Chase, Md./Holton Arms School) and Sydney Goodson (Great Falls, Va./Langley High School) should also see time in the lineup. Lynham is 14-8 on the season and 4-2 at No. 5. Goodson has a record of 10-13 on the year and 5-5 at No. 4.
In doubles play, Goodson and Nakagawa have the best record with a mark of 6-2 overall including a 3-1 record at No. 1.
Live stats for the matches will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Tournament updates will be available on Twitter @HoyaTennis and through the BIG EAST @BIGEASTChamps. The championship will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.