The GW men’s tennis team dropped two early-season matches to Atlantic 10 foe Richmond Friday and to the University of Virginia Saturday, evening its record to 4-4 on the season.
The men dropped their final match of the weekend Saturday to the Virginia Cavaliers 6-1, as Matt Treadgold posted GW’s only win, at No.3 singles.
Although he snapped his undefeated record with a loss to Richmond’s Dan Scrafford Friday, Treadgold bounced back for the 6-3, 6-3 victory over Virginia’s Jonathan Chou.
“Treadgold won his match by stepping up against Virginia and playing well,” coach Tom Hawkins said, summarizing the tough competition the team faced all weekend.
Resting seniors Kevin and Kinzie Wright on Saturday, Hawkins had to move the No. 4, 5 and 6 players up (Jason Romesburg, Greg Alpert, and Jay Curtis, respectively), leaving a young team to play against Virginia. All three lost in two sets.
GW had the same fate earlier in the weekend losing to Richmond 6-1 despite strong performances by singles winner Matt Hanes and doubles winners Hanes and Jake Jopling.
Hanes defeated Richmond’s Niki Doll in the No. 1 singles spot 6-2, 6-7, 10-8 and teamed with Jopling to win at No. 1 doubles 9-7. They were GW’s only victories of the day, as the Colonials dropped their remaining five singles matches and two doubles matches.
Hawkins said he was pleased with the team’s performance saying they “played tough” and “competed well” but that the team was not playing its usual game.
Hawkins pointed to Matt Treadgold, who was undefeated before Friday’s loss at number three singles, as an example of GW’s sub-par play.
“Our team just wasn’t playing our ‘A’ game today,” Joplin said. Richmond is the first A-10 team that GW has played this season, a factor Hawkins said contributed to the extra pressure and increased level of intensity and skill his team felt concerning the match.