Patriots win at Mary Washington, 5-2
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Patriots win at Mary Washington, 5-2

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The George Mason University men's tennis team stopped a two-match skid with a nice bounce back win over Mary Washington Sunday.
 
The Patriots (3-4) won the doubles point for the first time in three matches, then went on to win four of six singles contests to upend the Eagles – who are ranked 27th in NCAA Division III competition.
 
"We had another close battle today and the guys did a much better job in pressure point situations," head coach Jimmy Davis said. "The improvements we've been working towards in doubles showed through as we won the deciding match in a tiebreaker. If we continue with good energy and hard practices day in and day out we will get to the level we know we are capable of achieving."
 
Mason's red-hot first doubles tandem of Pally Ray and Daniel Gutierrez remained undefeated in dual action with a 9-8 victory (8-6 tiebreak). The dynamic duo is now 3-0 in dual competition this season.
 
Jakob Nielsen and James Lange also were victorious in doubles, winning 8-3 at the No. 2 position. Nielsen and Lange are now 2-2 together in 2017.

Moving on to singles play, Lange also won his match at the No. 2 position, defeating Mike Fleming in three sets (6-1, 2-6, 6-4).

Nielsen won his matchup at No. 3 singles in straight sets (6-1, 6-0), while Eddie Ayers took control at No. 5 singles with a two-set win over Patrick Hughes (6-3, 6-4). Ayers has found his niche in that spot, with a 4-0 record at No. 5 this season.

Andrew Curtis represented another Mason point, claiming victory at No. 6 singles (7-5, 3-6, 6-1).

The Patriots now take a near month-long competitive hiatus and will look to fine tune their skills before a spring break trip set for mid-March. Mason will compete in the PTR Springfest, which commences with matches against Edinboro (Pa.) and Charleston (W. Va.) on March 13.
 
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