The Georgetown women’s tennis team began on a high note in Big East play with a 4-0 sweep over rival Seton Hall 4-0 on Feb. 2. to notch its first victory of the season after losing a close matchup to Army 4-3 on Feb. 1. The men’s team also split its two-match roadtrip, defeating Binghamton University 5-2 on Feb. 1 before losing 4-2 against Army on Feb. 2.
The Georgetown women’s team (1-3) won three of the six singles matches against Army (4-2) on Feb. 1. Junior Sofie Moenster won her match in three sets with scores of 6-3, 4-6 and 10-5. Freshman Agata Mikos also won her singles match after playing three sets with scores of 4-6, 6-3, and 10-6.
Freshmen Olivia Ashton rounded out the victories with the quick win in her singles match, coming out on top in the first two sets with identical scores of 6-4. The other three singles matches were won by Army, giving each side three singles victories.
The winner remained undetermined until the doubles point. The duo of Ashton and Mikos took on Stephanie Dolehide and Caroline Vincent from Army, losing 6-2 in the Hoyas’ first doubles matchup of the day.
The second doubles match consisted of sophomore Elena De Santis and senior Anna Short playing against Army’s Ana Joyner and Sam Dimaio. De Santis and Short were unable to secure the win, losing 6-2 to give Army the point they needed to defeat the Blue and Gray.
The Hoyas quickly came back from the loss with a dominant victory over the Pirates (1-1), their first Big East opponent of the season.
Mikos clinched her second singles match win of the weekend in two sets, both with a score of 6-1. Ashton contributed another win in her singles match, taking the first set 6-1 and the second set 6-3. Freshman Chloe Bendetti earned the Hoyas’ third singles match victory with a 6-2 win in the first set, followed by a 6-4 win in the second.
Ashton and Mikos teamed up again in the doubles matches to take on Hermehr Kaur and Aina Plana Ventosa, ultimately snagging a 6-3 victory. Bendetti and Moenster won their doubles match as well, also earning a 6-3 victory. The team finished the day without any defeats, tying one doubles match and one singles match and ending each unfinished match with the leading score.
Since the two-game road trip, Mikos has been named the Big East Tennis Athlete of the Week for her 2-0 singles performance and 1-1 doubles record in the dual match.
Head Coach Courtney Dolehide emphasized her team’s impressive start to conference play and the precedent the win has set for the Hoyas’ spring season.
“To get a win over our in-conference rival, Seton Hall, is a huge step in the right direction for our ladies and is displaying the positive trajectory of our program, after having lost to them last year,” Dolehid said in an interview with GUHoyas.
The Georgetown men’s team (2-2) started off the dual match with a 5-2 victory over Binghamton (3-5), secured by the Hoyas’ strong performances in doubles.
Junior Rohan Kamdar and sophomore Andrew Rozanov defeated Alejandro Pena and Michael Pawlowicz 6-4 to gain one doubles-match victory for Georgetown while the second victory would come from junior duo Charlie Sharton and Connor Lee, who secured a 6-2 win.
Georgetown also won four out of the six singles matches. Lee won his singles match in two sets, each with a score of 6-2. Junior Mark Militzer earned a dominant victory, defeating his opponent in two sets each with the final score of 6-1.
Junior Luke Ross contributed another win for the Hoyas, defeating his opponent in a more closely contested match of three sets. He lost his first set 2-6 before a strong comeback in the second and third sets to snag the win with two 6-2 wins. Rozanov gave the Hoyas their fourth and final singles-match victory, winning in two sets 6-3, 6-2.
The Hoyas could not secure another victory, falling 4-2 to Army (4-3). In the loss, the Blue and Gray conceded four of its six matches in singles play to the Black Knights. Freshman Kieran Foster secured one of Georgetowns’ two singles victories, beating his opponent in two straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Ross took home the second win in the fifth position, sweeping his competitor 6-3, 6-4.
The Blue and Gray came out stronger in its doubles matches, claiming victory in the first position matchup 6-3 behind Rozanov and Kamdar. The Black Knights, however, would take the two remaining doubles matches to tally the doubles point and emerge victorious on the day.
The women and men’s teams will return to action this upcoming weekend. The women will travel to Annapolis, Md., to compete against Navy on Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m. The men’s team will play against Navy in Annapolis, Md., on Feb. 8 at 9:00 a.m.