March 19, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Georgetown won the doubles points and picked up a trio of straight-set singles wins on its way to recording a 5-2 victory over the Navy men's tennis team Tuesday afternoon at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex in Washington, D.C.
"It was a very competitive match," said Navy head coach John Officer. "We played without Austin Jones (Fr., Dallas, Texas), who plays No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, and his presence certainly would have made a difference."
After the Hoyas (4-8) won matches at the Nos. 2 and 3 flights to win the doubles point from the Mids (12-8), Navy tied the score at 1-1 when Calvin Mark (So., Union City, Calif.) recorded a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles against Charlie Caris. Georgetown players would win the next three singles matches to be completed to clinch the match, then added a fourth-consecutive singles win before Peter McDonald (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.) tallied a 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) victory at No. 2 singles over Daniel Khanin.
"We played extremely well at No. 1 doubles," said Officer. "Mark and McDonald have really got things going again. They look like the team we had last year, and even a little better. Calvin played extremely well in singles and Peter played very well too. Nicholas Gutsche (Sr., Sarasota, Fla.) won the first set of his singles match pretty handily (6-2), and then had chances in the third-set tiebreaker (10-7) that just got away from him. Alex Gaines (Fr., Wilmington, N.C.) lost just his second match of the spring, so he is usually pretty solid for us. Alex Sisk (So., Clarkesville, Ind.) came in and did a nice job at No. 6 singles in a competitive match and fought hard. He was out with a knee injury almost all fall and almost all spring, so I was really pleased with his effort for the amount of tennis he has played. Blake Daniel (So., Overland Park, Kan.) has been our biggest winner of the year, but he just did not have a good day. Daniel and Gutsche are going to be a very good doubles team for us.
"All in all, it was our second match outside and we have had one outdoor practice and it is a very different game playing outside so we have some things to work on with that. But we competed hard and I am proud of our effort."
Navy will open its Patriot League season this weekend when the Mids play host to Bucknell (Saturday, 10 a.m.) and Colgate (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.).
Georgetown (4-8) def. Navy (12-8), 5-1
Doubles -- Georgetown wins the doubles point (3-2-1)
1. Mark, Calvin / McDonald, Peter (NAVY) def. Caris, Charlie / Distaso, Casey (GTOWN) 8-5
2. Korber, Shane / Tropiano, Alex (GTOWN) def. Daniel, Blake / Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) 8-3
3. Khanin, Daniel / Milner, Reese (GTOWN) def. Gaines, Alex / Sisk, Alex (NAVY) 8-4
1. Mark, Calvin (NAVY) def. Caris, Charlie (GTOWN) 6-0, 6-3
2. McDonald, Peter (NAVY) def. Khanin, Daniel (GTOWN) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Milner, Reese (GTOWN) def. Daniel, Blake (NAVY) 6-3, 6-1
4. Distaso, Casey (GTOWN) def. Gutsche, Nicholas (NAVY) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Korber, Shane (GTOWN) def. Gaines, Alex (NAVY) 6-3, 6-3
6. Tropiano, Alex (GTOWN) def. Sisk, Alex (NAVY) 6-1, 6-2