Their second outing of the season was long and grueling. The Mount men’s tennis team participated in the George Mason Invitational on September 20th and 21st. By the time they left Fairfax, Virginia on Sunday evening, it was the clear that this year’s tennis squad was still a work in progress. The Mountaineers failed to come away with victories in any single or double matches. The teams representing Mary Washington, George Mason, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County proved to be too much for Mount Saint Mary’s at this two-day event. One of the few bright spots on the first day of action was Darren Mast, a sophomore from Lancaster, PA. He was able to push his match against Brandon Griffin of Mary Washington to three sets. After losing the first set 6-0, Mast recovered with a 6-2 edge in the second set. He ultimately fell 7-5 in the final round. The standout on day two of action was Will Briscoe, a senior from Cockeysville, MD. Just as Mast did the day before, Briscoe pushed his singles match to three sets, but fell in the final set. The victor was George Mason’s Amir Alkhafaji.
Briscoe later recounted his match versus Alkhafaji with regret. He believed that he “should have won” if he would have played to his potential. Losing in the 10 point tiebreaker was certainly a heartbreaker. After such a bleak outing at George Mason, all the Mountaineers can do is keep looking forward. Their next match will be against Shepherd on September 24th. Briscoe thought that the key in solving his team’s recent woes would be a change in mindset. “Right now it is more of a mental thing than anything else. We practice better than we play.” Once they are able to compete the way they practice, it will begin to translate on the scoreboard. After facing Shepherd on Wednesday, next on the docket for men’s tennis will be the Mount Saint Mary’s Invitational October 3rd through 5th.