The Big East Championships proved to be a little too tough for Georgetown, as both men’s (14-8) and women’s tennis (16-6) fell in their respective conference tournaments on Friday in Tampa, Fla.
Men’s tennis came into the Big East tournament as the No. 7 seed after a win at Villanova, but a difficult challenge awaited on Thursday in the form of second-seeded Louisville. In doubles, the Hoyas dropped their matches at No. 2 and No. 3 to give the Cardinals the doubles point. Andrew Bruhn and Brian Ward were leading 3-2 in the tiebreaker at first doubles, but didn’t finish the match after Louisville secured the point. Singles went the same way as doubles, as Bruhn lost 6-4, 6-4, Shane Korber fell 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 and Ward lost 6-2, 6-3. The match was called after those results, giving the Cards a 4-0 victory. The result was disappointing but in the end hardly unexpected given Louisville’s talent.
Georgetown’s consolation match against No. 6 Marquette was cancelled due to poor weather.
Women’s tennis had more success than the men at the tournament. In their first match, the fifth-seeded Hoyas dismantled No. 12 Seton Hall, coasting to a 4-0 W. In doubles, the No. 2 duo of Tina Tehrani and Vicky Sekely dominated in an 8-1 win while No. 3 pairing of Sophie Panarese and Madeline Jaeger won 8-2, earning the Hoyas their first point of the match. Tehrani, Sekely and Jaeger then won their singles matches in straight sets to seal the deal.
However, No. 4 DePaul provided stiffer competition for Georgetown on Friday, as the Hoyas slipped to a 4-3 defeat. Tehrani and Sekely made light work of their opponents again in an 8-2 win, but Georgetown dropped the other two matches to give DePaul the first point. Singles play brought more excitement as Georgetown mounted a comeback. Sekely opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win, but the Blue and Gray fell behind 3-1 after DePaul claimed two straight. Tehrani won in straight sets, and Panarese followed it up with a great comeback at No. 6 to eke out a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory. With only one match remaining, Georgetown senior Lauren Greco battled for the deciding point at No. 1 before eventually falling 3-6, 6-3, 2-6. Like the men, the women had their consolation match (also against Marquette) cancelled due to poor weather.