Sept. 18, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's tennis team competed at the Penn Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa., this past weekend. Facing four different opponents, the squad had a number of impressive individual results led by the pair of senior Yannick Mahlangu (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley High School) and junior Peter Beatty (Portland, Ore./Middlesex School) who were dominant at No. 2 doubles.
Georgetown began the tournament facing Brown University in doubles play. The Hoyas went 1-3 as the pair of Beaty and Mahlangu were the lone victors. The pair won, 6-4, at the No. 2 position.
The squad then took on Cornell University, playing four doubles matches and nine singles matches. The Blue & Gray was able to take one of the matches as the pair of Mahlangu and Beatty won again at No. 2 doubles by a score of 6-3. A number of the singles matches were close going three sets, but the Hoyas only managed one victory.
On Saturday, Beatty and Mahlangu continued their dominance as the lone win in the match against Yale University. Playing three doubles and eight singles matches, Beatty and Mahlangu won again at No. 2 defeating their opponents, 6-2.
The Hoyas then met Brown again to play out the singles matches. Georgetown went 5-3 in singles play with Beatty winning 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1. Junior Marco Lam (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Boys' School) won by a score of 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 2 position, and junior Mac Rechan (Clayton, Mo./Clayton) took the 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 4. Freshman Ian Witmer (North Palm Beach, Fla./The Benjamin School) won in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 at No. 5, and junior James Heaney (New Canaan, Conn./Phillips Academy Andover) rounded out the winners with a 6-3, 6-0 victory in the final slot.
On Sunday, the Blue & Gray faced Old Dominion, going 6-3 in the match. Beatty and Mahlangu continued their big weekend with a 6-1 win, and the pair of Witmer and Rechan added a 7-5 victory at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, Lam managed the 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2 and Rechan took the 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 4. Witmer won at No. 5 by a score of 6-1, 6-0, and Chen rounded it out with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 6.
The Hoyas will be back in action the weekend of Oct. 6 as the squad travels to the Farnsworth Invitational in Princeton, N.J.