Sept. 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - It's that time of year again. The Georgetown men's and women's tennis tryouts have commenced and the rosters have been filled with student-athletes from all over of the country. With the tennis courts resurfaced, both teams are excited for new beginnings and to build on their recent success.
Though they are two separate teams, Head Coach Gordie Ernst likes to think of everyone as one big family, thriving off each other's success. When recruits ask him what it's like to coach both teams he tells them the merits of the a mixed squad.
"They have twice as many teammates and twice as many friends. The two-team atmosphere only enhances their support network and experience here on the Hilltop. We have separate teams and separate programs, but we are one Georgetown tennis family."
In just two years, the women have made themselves a presence in BIG EAST Conference play with back-to-back seasons with winning records of 13-10 and 16-6. In two years the team has compiled wins over Rutgers University, the University of Louisville and nationally-ranked Syracuse.
During the 2010-11 season, the team finished with a strong showing of sixth in the BIG EAST, where the previous year they did not qualify for the tournament. This marked the strongest showing for the squad in program history. The Hoyas have produced many firsts in the past two seasons including two All-BIG EAST players, a pair of nationally-ranked singles players and a ranked doubles team.
Senior captain Vicky Sekely feels the team has already established a great dynamic.
"We have an amazing group of girls who are willing to work hard and are ready to carry on the competitive sprit we created in the past few years. By dedicating ourselves we will be able to reach future goals in the springtime such as continuing to have a winning record, particularly in BIG EAST matches. Most importantly, I want us to have a fun and enjoyable season; one that ultimately brings us closer as a team."
The squad welcomes freshman Taylor Perz and graduate student Liz Hamlin. Fall play begins with a tournament at Mary Washington University and then the annual fall favorite, the Georgetown Classic which has had champions from Georgetown the past two years, marking yet another first in program history.
On the men's side, the 2011-12 season marked an impressive climb turning their record from 7-14 in 2010-11 to 14-8 the following year. The season marked standout victories over the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Richmond and Old Dominion University while also producing a program-first, All-BIG EAST singles player.
With the addition of two freshmen, Danny Khanin from the world-renowned tennis haven of IMG Bollettieri and Kevin Katz, the squad is looking to build on last year's success. Georgetown also welcomes graduate student Reese Milner, who competed at the University of Virginia where the Cavaliers are six-time ACC Championships and back-to-back NCAA finalists.
Senior captain Charlie Caris views this weekend's upcoming tournament at Princeton University as a great test.
"The team is coming together nicely for such an early point in the fall season. The Princeton Invitational this weekend will be our first test and I think we have the potential to get some great results."
As fall play beings, a strong coaching staff of Head Coach Gordie Ernst and Assistant Coaches Matt Brooklyn, Stephanie Wetmore and recent-graduate Brian Ward, look to push the teams to achieve another successful year.