March 10, 2013

DU drops Hilton Head opener to Patriots

The Denison men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Division I George Mason on Sunday afternoon at Hilton Head High School in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Patriots took a 1-0 lead after winning two of three doubles flights.  The lone Big Red win came at first doubles.  Junior Juan Guerra and sophomore Grant Veltman captured their third-straight win and improved to 4-2 on the year after edging out Jimmy Davis and Scott Keaton 8-6.  George Mason earned the doubles point with 8-2 and 8-6 victories at the second and third flights, respectively.

GMU secured the victory by winning five of the six singles matches.  Guerra and sophomore Shankar Rajupet both went to a third set before falling at first and sixth singles, respectively.  Veltman logged DU's singles win.  The sophomore defeated Tanner Bain in straight sets (7-6, 6-4).

The Big Red falls to 2-3, while George Mason improves to 5-2.  Denison returns to action on Wednesday against Rhodes College at 1 p.m.