Tennis Captains Ready to Lead at the Georgetown Classic
Sept. 18, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown men’s and women’s tennis teams host the annual Georgetown Classic from Fri., Sept 20 through Sun., Sept. 22. Action begins at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex on Georgetown University’s Main Campus at 9 a.m. on Friday.
The women’s portion of the Georgetown Classic will feature Georgetown, UMBC, George Washington and ASA, a Division II school. It will be the women’s first time playing this fall.
Senior co-captains Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) and Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Philips Exeter Academy) are ready to lead the Hoyas into the fall session for the beginning of the 2013-2014 season.
Head Coach Gordon Ernst said, “We are going to enjoy every minute [with Comolli and Jaeger]. They’ve been great teammates and girls to coach. I am going to enjoy every minute to coach their last year here at Georgetown.”
Gordie Ernst enters his eighth season as head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis programs. Last season, the women's program finished with an overall record of 15-8 which included a 6-2 home record and a 7-2 mark the road.
“The women are raring to go,” Ernst said. “They are excited to start the season at home at our tournament.”
The Hoyas’ women team has not started their fall schedule at home since the 2006-2007 season.
“We’ve had some good luck in the past. Stephanie Wetmore won it. Sophia Panarese made the finals last year and was up a set. We’ve had some good results,” said Ernst.
Wetmore graduated from Georgetown. Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) will be a junior in the upcoming season.
Georgetown men’s tennis played at the Farnsworth Invitational from Fri., Sept. 13 to Sun., Sept. 15. The Georgetown Classic will be the men’s second tournament of the fall semester.
“The men are going to be raring to go again as well. They have all those matches under their belt from the Farnsworth Invitational and we had a good weekend,” said Gordie Ernst. “[Sophomore] Daniel Khanin was close to beating Princeton’s number one guy who played in the U.S. Open Juniors a few weeks ago and Khanin lost 6-4 in the third to him. So that’s very encouraging.”
The U.S. Open Juniors host some of the best young tennis talent in the world.
The veterans also showed that they can handle their own with the potent tennis talent in the Northeast. Junior Hoya Shane Korber came back at the Farnsworth Invitational to beat a student-athlete from Cornell after being down five match points.
“We’ve still got a ways to go but we’ve been talking about how deep and how solid we are going to be through the lineup and it is already showing,” Ernst said, referring to the men’s squad.
The men host the same three schools as the women, UMBC, George Washington and ASA, with the addition of Christopher Newport, Johns Hopkins and Norfolk State.
The men’s and women’s tournament will each feature one main draw. The student-athletes who lose in the main draw will then participate in another draw.
“We have a lot of pride in wanting to win at home in own tournament,” said Ernst.
The Georgetown Classic begins at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex on Georgetown University’s main campus at 9 a.m. on Friday.