BLACKSBURG, Va. - Five members of the George Mason men's tennis team were in action this weekend the ITA Atlantic Regional, which began Thursday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Mason senior Jimmy Davis and freshman Jimmy Lange won their first round matches to make it the the main draw matches on Friday. Davis defeated Navy's Blake Daniel, 6-1, 6-3. Lange fought off JMU's Brett Moorhead in a close match, 7-6, (7-5), 6-4.
Both Patriots lost in the main draw to seeded opponents from the University of Virginia. Davis fell to top-seed Mac Styslinger and Lange to #3 seed Ryan Shane.
Tanner Baine, Aaron Capitel and Joe Hill each lost their first singles match, but each prevailed in the consolation matches. Baine defeated Alex Aleman from new Atlantic 10 opponent Duquesne, 6-4, 6-4. Capitel defeated Rafael Ribas from Virginia Tech, winning the first set 6-3, dropping the second set 4-6, and winning the tiebreaker 10-6. Hill defeated Temple's Hicham Belkssir, 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles action, Mason had two teams in competition. Both teams dropped their first matches of the tournament. Duquesne's team of Carpenter/Aleman defeated Mason's Davis/Baine duo, 8-4. The Patriots team of Lange/Hill lost to Carter/Svard (UMBC) 8-5.
The tournament runs through Tuesday in Blacksburg. The singles and doubles champion will automatically qualify for the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships next month at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Round of 128
Jimmy Davis defeated Blake Daniel (Navy) 6-1, 6-3
Jimmy Lange defeated Brett Moorhead (JMU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Tanner Baine lost to Jonathan Cornish (UVA) 6-4, 6-2
Joe Hill lost to Alex Hahn (RICH) 7-6 (11-9), 6-3
Aaron Capitel lost to Troy Beneck (DEL) 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-1
Round of 64
Jimmy Davis lost to #1 seed Mac Styslinger (UVA) 6-2, 6-1
Jimmy Lange lost to #3 seed Ryan Shane (UVA) 6-2, 6-4
Aaron Capitel defeated Rafael Ribas (VT) 6-3, 4-6, (10-6)
Tanner Baine defeated Alex Aleman (DUQ) 6-4, 6-4
Joe Hill defeated Hicham Belkssir (TEM) 6-4, 6-2
Round of 32
Davis/Baine lost to Carpenter/Aleman (DUQ) 8-4
Lange/Hill lost to Carter/Svard (UMBC) 8-5