Norfolk, VA - The Hofstra Pride gave seventh-seeded George Mason a battle, trailing 3-2 in the match, but Jorge Osuna's straight set victory at third singles clinched a 4-2 victory over the Pride in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Tennis Championship at Old Dominion University.
The Pride, under second-year coach Philip Wayne, won four of the last six matches to end the season with a 7-9 record.
George Mason took a 1-0 lead in the doubles play by winning both the second and third flights for the doubles point. Jimmy Davis and Taylor Sargent defeated Pride senior Jason Sinkoff and sophomore Ryhaan Gill, 8-1 at third singles before Scott Keaton and Joe Wiggins topped sophomore Matthew Gemmell and classmate Antonio Pena, 8-3 at second doubles. With the doubles-point decided, the first doubles match was halted.
The Pride, seeded 10th in the Championship, tied the match at 1-1 at the start of singles play as sophomore Adrien Bailly (9-7) defeated Scott Keaton, 6-3, 6-4 at fourth singles. But the Patriots won the next two matches as Jimmy Davis topped Ari Richman (10-7), 6-1, 6-3 at second singles and Joe Wiggins downed Jason Sinkoff (8-12), 6-2, 6-2 at sixth singles for a 3-1 lead in the contest.
But Antonio Pena (11-11) closed the deficit to 3-2 for Hofstra with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jordan Dykes at first singles with two matches remaining. But Osuna ended all the possible drama of a contest-deciding match at fifth singles by topping the Pride's Matthew Gemmell (9-11) at third singles for the 4-2 victory. The Patriots advance to Friday's quarterfinals where they will face the second-seed Georgia State Panthers
#7 George Mason 4, #10 Hofstra 2
#1 Antonio Pena (HU) d. Jordan Dykes (Mason), 6-4, 6-2
#2 Jimmy Davis (Mason) d. Ari Richman (HU), 6-1, 6-3
#3 Jorge Osuna (Mason) d. Matthew Gemmell (HU), 6-3, 6-4
#4 Adrien Bailly (HU) d. Scott Keaton (Mason), 6-3, 6-4
#5 Taylor Sargent (Mason) vs. Ryhaan Gill (HU) - DNF, 2-6, 7-5, 2-1
#6 Joe Wiggins (Mason) d. Jason Sinkoff (HU), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,2,6,1,3 (5 DNF)
#1 Dyke/Chris Borden (Mason) vs. Bailly/Richman (HU) - DNF, 5-3
#2 Keaton/Wiggins (Mason) d. Gemmell/Pena (HU), 8-3
#3 Davis/Sargent (Mason) d. Sinkoff/Gill (HU), 8-1
Order of Finish: 3,2, (1 DNF)