Men's Tennis Defeats Georgetown in ECAC Division I Championships
FLUSHING, N.Y.—The men’s tennis team produced a strong showing at the 46th annual ECAC Division I Championships, held at the National Tennis Center. The 14th-seeded Retrievers fell to No. 3 Princeton, 6-1 in the opening round, but upset No. 11 Georgetown, 4-3 in the first match of the consolation bracket. In the 10th place match, UMBC dropped a 5-2 decision to St. John's to finish the tournament in 12th position.
The Retrievers gave the Tigers quite a battle, despite gaining their lone point as No. 4 senior David Jackson (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) defeated his opponent, 6-7, 6-4, (10-4). No. 1 seed sophomore Chris Meyer (New Market, Md./Urbana) won his first set, 7-6, but fell in three sets (6-7, 6-1, 6-0) and senior No. 5 Irfan Shamasdin (Ontario, Canada) fell in a third set tie-breaker, 6-4, 4-6, (10-7). Jackson and Shamasdin won at No. 2 doubles, 8-5, but Meyer and Fredi Voorman (Talinn, Estonia) were edged at No. 1 doubles, 8-5 and Princeton captured the doubles point.
Against the Hoyas, UMBC would take the doubles point, as Voorman and Savage-Pollock pulled out a 9-8 (1) decision at No. 1, and Shamasdin and Jackson triumphed, 8-4 at the No. 2 slot. Meyer won at No. 1 singles, ousting his Hoya foe, 6-3, 6-4, and Nick Savage-Pollock (Montreal, Quebec) won, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 3 position. Shamasdin won the deciding match, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 at the No. 5 position.
In the final match, Savage-Pollock and Voorman again triumphed at No. 1 doubles, 8-4, but UMBC lost narrow decisions at both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Voorman won in straight sets at No. 2 singles, while Shamasdin won his second straight singles match in three sets.