Oct. 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - As the leaves start to turn the Georgetown men's and women's tennis teams reflect on a successful fall and a select few players gear up for the coveted ITA Regional Championships. With both teams having three tournaments under their belts, the theme of "firsts" continues to resonate within the family of Georgetown tennis.
The women started off extremely strong winning three singles and two doubles flights at the University of Mary Washington Kickoff Classic. Senior captain Vicky Sekely (Mississaga, Ontario/Lorne Park Secondary School ) won Flight A, sophomore Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy ) won Flight B and freshman Taylor Perz (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland ) took Flight C, beating fellow teammate Liz Hamlin (Haverford, Pa./The Episcopal School ) in the final. Not only was the singles play extremely strong, the doubles was as well with the pairings of Panarese and Perz as well as Hamlin and junior Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Philips Exeter Academy) winning their respective doubles flight.
The Blue & Gray then headed back home to play in the annual Georgetown Classic. The weekend was an overall success, having players represented in the finals of the main draw, doubles and consolation. Panarese battled her way through the main draw and fell in a close final while junior Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) did the same in the consolation. The duo of Hamlin and Comolli was on an undefeated streak after winning the first tournament of the year but fell in a close final.
Finally, the squad played the George Mason 3+2 winning two convincing matches over George Mason and Mount St. Mary's, 5-0 and 4-1. The team won nine of the ten matches for the day, dominating both opponents.
Georgetown is now are gearing up for the ITA Regional Championships at Virginia Tech University on October 18th with an opportunity to compete in the National Indoor Championships on the line.
The men have played an incredible swing of tournaments with a number of firsts, including the first time Georgetown has had winners and finalists in the hometown tournament in singles and doubles, and the first time the Hoyas have come out on top of Ivy League schools.
Play commenced at the Farnsworth Invitational at Princeton University with a strong showing. Captains Charlie Caris (Des Moines, Iowa/Theodore Roosevelt ) and Casey Distaso (The Woodlands, Texas/Edmond North ) teamed up to win the Flight B doubles championship taking wins over teams from Princeton, Buffalo and Cornell. Sophomore Shane Korber (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar ) won his respective consolation singles bracket beating players from Penn and Yale, while graduated student Reese Milner (Los Angeles, Calif./Crossroads ) made it to the final of his respective consolation bracket.
The players then geared up for the hometown Georgetown Classic where they completely dominated, winning the singles main draw, consolation and doubles. In the singles final Caris beat teammate Korber in a competitive two-set match and in the doubles final the pair of Caris and Distaso beat teammates Alex Tropiano (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor ) and Dan Khanin (Baldwin, N.Y.).
Tropiano won the singles consolation flight not dropping a set en route, while Caris won both singles and doubles marking just the second time a Georgetown men's player has swept the tournament. The first player to do so was Jeff Schnell in 2007.
The team then made the drive up to Brown University to compete in the Margaux Powers Invitational taking down Penn, beating an Ivy for the first time ever, and also downing Boston College in mock dual matches. Sophomore John Brosens (Bedford, N.Y./Brunswick School ) won all of his matches convincingly with wins over players from Brown, Penn and Boston College. Freshman Kevin Katz (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset) continued in similar fashion. The pair also won two of their three doubles matches from the weekend.
In doubles play the duo of Caris and Disasto continued their unbeaten streak winning all of their matches.
With wins at every tournament the team has played this fall, the Hoya men look to make some serious noise at the ITA Regionals at the University of Virginia on October 18th.
Both teams are continuing to build off the momentum of the past couple of seasons and look to finish fall play on a high note.