The regular season could not have ended more differently for the two Georgetown tennis teams.
On Thursday, the men’s team (12-9, 3-0) took on George Mason, picking up its 10th win in 11 matches to close out the regular season with a bang. The day didn’t start in the way that the Hoyashad hoped, as troubles at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles led to the loss of the doubles point.
The struggles did not carry over to the singles matches, however, as Georgetown swept all six, including wins from senior Charlie Caris and graduate student Reese Milner in their final regular season matches as Hoyas.
“That’s a great finish for Charlie Caris. He played in every match in his career, all four years. Something like that is significant,” Head Coach Gordie Ernst said.
Junior Casey Distaso, winner at No. 5 singles, was proud with the way in which his team handled its two losses at doubles.
“It was great to see our team respond after losing the doubles point and going down 0-1,” Distasosaid. “Finishing 6-1 was awesome and will certainly give us confidence going into the Big East tournament this weekend.”
After a tough beginning to the season, Georgetown is now perhaps the hottest team in the Big East right now. Thanks to their season-ending streak, the Hoyas managed to grab the seventh seed in the conference tournament, allowing them to avoid having to play on Thursday.
The team’s first match is against Louisville (13-12, 0-1 Big East) this Friday in South Bend, Ind.
“I don’t think we’ve been this high a seed since the late ’80s, when we won it all,” Ernst said.
On the women’s side, Georgetown’s final two matches against Richmond and Rutgers were a far cry from its performances the rest of the season.
The Hoyas (14-6, 3-3) fell 6-1 at Richmond on Thursday, their worst loss since a South Florida drubbing in late February.
“This week was just a tough week. The girls were very tired, very flat,” Ernst said. “Even just going down to Richmond took a lot out of them.”
The only point the Hoyas picked up on Thursday came from graduate student Elizabeth Hamlin at No. 5 singles.
They should have counted their blessings.
On Saturday, at home against Big East rival Rutgers, the Blue and Gray were unable to pick up even one point: A 7-0 loss dropped the Hoyas to .500 in conference play on the season.
“They just didn’t have that extra fight that they have in every match. I know they can fight harder and play better,” Ernst said.
The two losses do not subtract from what the women’s team accomplished throughout the season, though, as Ernst expressed that he was extremely impressed with the 14 wins that the women amassed is looking forward to what lies ahead.
The women’s team, which also has the seventh seed in its tournament, will be in Tampa, Fla., for the tournament, which begins on Thursday.
“Twenty-six wins for the program this year,” Ernst said. “I have no complaints. Overall, great.”
Both teams begin Big East tournament play on Friday.