The George Mason High School boys varsity tennis team repeated as Region B team champions last Saturday and will make its run at a fourth-consecutive team championship starting Friday, June 8 in Radford, Va.
The Mustangs advanced to the State Tournament, held Thursday through Saturday at Radford University, by defeating Randolph Henry in the Region B finals, 5-1. With Mason’s singles players snaring five victories, the match didn’t even proceed to doubles competition. Alarcon claimed his closely-contested match 6-4, 7-5, while freshman Tim Goetz cruised 6-1, 6-1 for the Mustangs. Seniors Thomas Yancey (6-1, 6-2), Daniel Lim (6-1, 6-0) and Daniel Butler (6-1, 6-1) all coasted to wins.
The lone loss in singles competition was suffered by No. 1 Alex Goetting, a defeat that also kept him from reaching the State Championships in singles. Instead, Randolph Henry senior Zach Pack took the Region B singles title after topping Goetting, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4.
Seniors Alex Goetting and Xavier Alarcon will also defend the doubles title won by Goetting and then-senior James An last spring. A win this weekend would give Mason three-straight doubles crowns.
The Mason boys tennis team has captured 11 state titles, more than any other tennis program in the state. Experience will be on the Mustangs’ side this weekend, as five of the team’s top six singles players took part in last season’s state title run.