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The Duel in the District

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Because of Michael’s ardor for tennis and Club Sports, the members of the Board and team members of Georgetown’s Club Tennis established “The Duel in the District” a two-day Invitational National College Teams Tournament, hosted by Georgetown annually, in his honor.

"Teammate Michael Jurist died suddenly in July 2007 at the age of 22. Michael was one of the first-ever members of Georgetown University Club Tennis. Known to teammates as “The Gavel,” Michael participated in many matches and tournaments, including Nationals in Cary, NC during his senior year. We wish to thank Michael’s parents, Paul and Vesna Jurist, for their support and their help in organizing this tournament. We cannot think of a better way to honor Michael than a fun, competitive tournament played on campus at the University he loved."
- Georgetown University Club Tennis members

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Duel in the District 2009

The first “Duel in the District” was held on March 21 and 22, 2009. Eight College Club Tennis Teams including Wisconsin, Cornell, Delaware, Penn State, U Penn, Rutgers, Virginia and Georgetown participated. Penn State defeated Wisconsin in Finals.

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The host Georgetown Club Tennis Team


Duel in the District 2010

The second annual “Duel in the District” was hosted at Georgetown March 27 and 28, 2010. Penn State beat Maryland in the Final; Virginia came in third; Dartmouth came in 4th. Georgetown teams came in 5th and 6th respectively.

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Penn State Winner of The Gavel second year in a row


Duel in the District 2011

The third annual “Duel in the District” was hosted at Georgetown University on March 26 and 27, 2011. Eight College teams including Wake Forest, UVA, Maryland and William & Mary participated with the four below placing in the Finals:

  • Penn State (3rd year in a row)
  • Michigan
  • Georgetown
  • Northeastern
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Competitors from all 8 Colleges

Duel in the District 2012

On the weekend of March 17-18, 2012, Georgetown University hosted its fourth annual “Duel in the District” tennis tournament in honor of Michael Jurist (F’07). Participants from eight visiting Colleges benefitted from unseasonably warm weather. In attendance were teams from Northeastern, University of Pennsylvania (which brought two teams), University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, Old Dominion, and of course, Georgetown University. After pool play on Saturday, teams advanced to single-elimination bracket play on Sunday. UPenn’s A-squad took home the first place trophy beating UVA 26-20 in the Final. Meanwhile, UMD and Northeastern tied for third place. In the Silver bracket, Johns Hopkins took first place, defeating Georgetown in the final.

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UPenn - winners
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Georgetown University
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UPenn (left) / Virginia (right)
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Maryland
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Virginia
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John Hopkins Team
     

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The fifth annual “Duel in the District” hosted eleven College teams -- the strongest turnout to date -- including University of Maryland, University of Virginia, two teams from University of Pennsylvania, Mary Washington University, American University, Towson University, Northeastern University, William and Mary University, James Madison University and Georgetown. Competition was tough during a cool and breezy weekend March 23 and 24, 2013 at Georgetown University's tennis facility.

The Gold bracket began with James Madison University falling to UPenn1, who went on to upset UVA before losing to UMD in the final! UMD had started the day by beating out the UPenn2 team. UPenn2 beat JMU in the back draw, but then lost to UVA, putting them in third place overall.

End result: UMD won. UPenn got 2nd; UVA took third. UPenn2 took fourth; JMU finished fifth.

In the Silver bracket, GU beat William and Mary and then Northeastern . Towson beat Mary Washington and then lost to American. American and Georgetown played in the finals of the Silver bracket, and American won.

American took sixth; Georgetown seventh; Towson and Northeastern took eighth and ninth; Willliam and Mary got tenth; and Mary Washington finished eleventh.

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The Georgetown Board, upcoming and previous. From left to right, the people are Aakash Shah, Justin Betrus, Lenny Olsen, Elizabeth Kelly, Joanne Esteban, Katy Keane, and Callie Wells.
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Elizabeth Kelly and Justin Betrus showing off the trophies for the winners! First and Second place get one.
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A few of the courts. In the forefront is the UVA mens singles player.
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Joanne Esteban in the forefront with Lenny Olsen and Justin Betrus in the background, playing Mary Washington.
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Elizabeth Kelly and Joanne Esteban playing doubles.
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Justin Betrus and Lenny Olsen playing doubles.
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The handshake of the final match--UPenn1 lost to UMD for the first place spot.
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UPenn1 with their second place trophy!
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UMD with their first place trophy!

Duel in the District 2014

Twelve College Club Tennis teams competed in the "Sixth Annual “Duel in the District" tournament held at Georgetown University on April 5 and 6, 2014. University of Pennsylvania, once again, took first place beating Virginia Tech with a score of 23-13, in their final match. The Silver Bracket was won by MIT. Final standings for this year’s Duel were:

  1. UPenn
  2. Virginia Tech
  3. UVA
  4. Tufts
  5. Rutgers
  6. Northeastern
  7. MIT
  8. Georgetown
  9. Drexel
  10. Lehigh
  11. Mary Washington
  12. James Madison

A memorable and good time was had by all under blue skies and moderate temperatures.

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6th Annual “Duel in District” in honor of Michael. Georgetown’s Lenny, Aakash, Elizabeth and Joanne
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Keeping Score
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Action for the Trophy
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First Place - UPenn
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Second Place - Virginia Tech
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Georgetown University Tennis Courts
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12 College Club Tennis teams competed in 2014

Duel in the District 2015

The 2014/2015 Georgetown Club Tennis team and season was put to a test this year, at the Seventh annual “Duel in the District” -- they found themselves with no on-site tennis courts, thanks to the University’s decision to build an expanded Athletic Center. But, that didn’t deter them. In fact, it spurred this year’s Board to find and negotiate a new site and sponsor - Rock Creek Tennis Center, home of the Citi Open, an ATP event. With ten courts at their disposal, GU Club Tennis hosted a record sixteen College teams on March 21-22 under relatively cool, but sunny, skies.

Teams included:

  1. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  2. Towson University, Maryland
  3. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  4. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  6. George Washington University, Washington, DC
  7. Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  8. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  9. Georgetown University, DC (Team A and B)
  10. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  11. Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  12. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  13. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
  14. Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  15. James Madison University, Harrisburg, VA
  16. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Two days of competitive play resulted in an upset -- Northeastern ended UPenn’s long- time victory streak by beating Penn State in the finals. Northeastern won first place and Penn State was second place in the Gold bracket. UPenn won Silver, with Georgetown taking second place. Georgetown’s second team won the Bronze bracket. James Madison University won a newly-instituted Sportsmanship Award. A good time was had by all.

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Northeastern University - Winners
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Penn State - Runners-Up
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GU Club Tennis Board 2015

A little pre-Duel Competition for GU Club Tennis

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GU Club Tennis --“We came in second (by 1 point... awwww!) in Sectionals qualifying us for the Nationals April 2015. We wore our Duel shirts from last year in honor of Michael and with excitement for this year’s Duel”


Duel in the District 2016

On March 19/20, 2016, Georgetown Club Tennis found themselves in a predicament -- hosting the Eighth annual “Duel in the District” - the first MEJ “Duel” plagued by rain since its establishment in 2009. Well- prepared, they managed to allocate the 16 participating College teams to indoor courts in Virginia and DC on the Saturday, the first day of play. On Sunday, the teams started play indoors and then, finally, outdoors. Despite the inclement weather, team spirits weren’t dampened and keen competition and great camraderie reigned.

Participating College teams included: Northeastern, University of Virginia, Penn, Cornell, American, George Mason, Pittsburgh, Duke, Mt. St. Mary’s, Temple, Boston College, James Madison, Virginia Tech, Princeton and Georgetown A and B.

End results:

Champions - Cornell beat out Virginia in the Finals. (Georgetown A lost a close match to Cornell)

Silver Bracket - Winners - Princeton. (Georgetown B got third)

Bronze Bracket - Boston College beat out Pittsburgh by one game.

James Madison University was awarded the newly-established “Sportsmanship Award”.

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Champions - Cornell University
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James Madison University - Sportsmanship Award
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Runners-Up - University of Virginia
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Duel in the District 2017

Georgetown Club Tennis hosted the Ninth annual “Duel in the District” on March 25/26, 2017 at Rock Creek Tennis Center. Sixteen College teams competed over the two-day period under relatively warm sunny/cloud conditions.

Participating Teams included:

  • University of Virginia
  • West Virginia University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Michigan University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Penn State University
  • George Washington University
  • George Mason University
  • Loyola University
  • Richmond University
  • Rowan University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Georgetown University (Teams A & B)

Gold Bracket Champions were: University of Michigan; Runners Up - University of West Virginia.

Loyola University won the Sportsmanship Award.

Semis of Gold were decided by a super tiebreak for the match; UVA over Georgetown and Michigan over Penn State.

Silver Bracket Winners: Rowan University against Silver finalists George Washington University.

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Champions - University of Michigan
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Runners Up - University of West Virginia
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Sportsmanship Award - Loyola University
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Duel in the District 2018

Georgetown University Club Tennis hosted twelve teams at Rock Creek Tennis Center on April 7 and 8, 2018 for the Tenth annual “Duel in the District” — a weekend besieged by very cold, cloudy, windy and, at times, rainy Spring temperatures. Despite the poor weather, the teams persevered and enjoyed a highly competitive event.

Teams competing this year included:

  • Fordham University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • John Hopkins University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • George Washington University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Penn State
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Maryland
  • Georgetown University

Gold Bracket Champions were Penn State; Runners Up - Rutgers University

Silver Bracket Winners: Virginia Tech over John Hopkins University

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