The Georgetown men’s tennis team competed in two matches over the long weekend, winning its first match over Longwood University and dropping the second against James Madison University.
On Thursday, the Hoyas (3-4, 1-2 Big East) hosted the Lancers (4-2). After dropping the first three points in the match, Georgetown mounted a comeback to secure a 4-3 win.
Once senior Michael Chen and sophomore Charlie Sharton won the first doubles match, the Lancers achieved victories in the remaining two doubles matches to take the doubles point.
Sophomores Rohan Kamdar and Connor Lee, playing in the number one and two positions, both took 4-6, 3-6 defeats, giving Longwood the early 3-0 advantage. Freshman Andrew Rozanov started the comeback for the Hoyas, winning his match in the number four spot by a score of 6-2, 6-2. This match continued his strong play, as the freshman is now 4-1 to start the season.
Chen secured a three-set victory for the Hoyas by winning the third set 6-3, while Sharton earned a straight-set victory in the number five position to even the match at 3-3, setting the stage for a pivotal deciding match for freshman Carlos Grande.
After winning the first set 7-6 and losing the second 6-7, the match came down to a pressure-packed third set. Grande defeated Longwood’s Rosen Naydenov 6-4 in the third set to secure a victory for the Hoyas. Georgetown’s victory over Longwood marked the team’s third consecutive win after dropping their first four matches of the year.
After the Hoyas’ come-from-behind win, they were unable to extend their winning streak against James Madison University (6-2). The Hoyas got out to an early lead but were unable to withstand the Dukes’ superior singles play.
Rozanov and senior Will Sharton followed a victory by Chen and Charlie Sharton with their own victory to give the Hoyas the early doubles point.
After Rozanov lost the first singles match in straight sets, Charlie Sharton secured a 6-4, 6-4 win in the number five spot against James Madison’s Gonzalo Adis, giving the Hoyas a 2-1 lead in the match. Charlie Sharton was the lone bright spot for the Hoyas in singles, as the team failed to win any of the remaining singles matches. Charlie Sharton had a good weekend for the Hoyas, as he won his doubles and singles matches in both matches.
Both Kamdar and Lee lost 2-6, 5-7 in the number one and two spots. In the number three spot, Chen lost the first set in a tiebreaker before ultimately losing the match to James Madison’s Paul Mendoza to give JMU their fourth point and the win against Georgetown.
Grande rounded out the match for the Hoyas, losing the first set 2-6 before the second set was canceled due to JMU already getting the victory.
Georgetown will next compete Feb. 22 against Monmouth College at the College Park Tennis Club in College Park, Md.