Men's Tennis Secure Doubles Point to Defeat 49ers, 4-3
Hannah fights through cramping to win deciding match
March 9, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Junior Erik Hannah again stepped up for the GW men's tennis team in back-to-back matches, when the team hosted the Charlotte 49ers Tuesday at the Mount Vernon Tennis Facility.
At the No. 3 singles match, team captain Hannah dropped the first match 6-3 before having cramping problems in the middle of the second set. Hannah battled through the cramping to hit big forehands and pull out two tiebreak sets to clinch the victory for the Colonials, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5).
"Charlotte is a great outdoor team and they always give us trouble on our courts and today was nothing different," said head coach Greg Munoz. "It was important for the team to show that they can come together and tough this one out."
The Colonials swept the tight doubles matches over the 49ers, to ensure the upper hand after splitting the singles results.
Freshman Ken Mkrtchian and sophomore Andy Erickson made their spring season debuts at No. 5 and No. 6 singles as injuries have hit the Colonials. Mkrtchian fought hard but was defeated in two close matches 7-6 (3), 7-5, while Erikson fell in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
"We are trying to remain one of the top four seeds at conference and winning this match certainly helps," said Munoz. "We still need to win our next two conference matches to secure a top four seeding."
The Colonials hit the road for Philadelphia to make up snowed out matches against Penn on March 17, at 3 p.m. and Temple March 18, at 10 a.m.