Local Doubles Team Makes a Run to Clay Court Finals

Local Doubles Team Makes a Run to Clay Court Finals

RICHMOND– Matt Hane and Hunter Koontz won three competitive matches at the McDonald’s Open Clay Court Championships last week before falling in the final.

Hane and Koontz, both teaching pros at the Country Club of Virginia, partnered for the second year in a row at the tournament hosted by Salisbury Country Club. The duo fell in the semifinals last year.

Koontz, a three-time city singles champion and former Deep Run High School standout, said they keep improving every year.

“Next year we are going to bring it home,” said Koontz, who played collegiately at Virginia Tech.

Hane, a native of Charleston, S.C., added they were happy with their performance.

“We lost a close match in the semifinals last year, so it was nice to get further in the tourney this year,” said Hane, a former standout at George Washington University.

Hane and Koontz agreed their semifinal win was their best match of the tournament.

“It was a tight match, but every critical point seemed to go our way,” said Koontz.

Hane and Koontz took down the team of Bennet Crane and Vikash Singh 7-5, 6-2 in the semis. Crane is a rising junior at Indiana University and Singh has committed to play for the Hoosiers in the fall.

“We had to play well throughout to get the win,” said Hane.

Hane and Koontz fell in the final round to the number one seed 6-2, 6-1.

“We had returned pretty well all tournament, but we just weren’t very consistent in the finals and with our opponents playing so well, that didn’t give us much of a chance,” said Hane.

Hane and Koontz took home $500 each as doubles finalists. The tournament posts a $30,000 purse in all.

Other local players competed at Salisbury. Chase and Ryan Bernstine fell to the number one doubles seed in the semifinals 6-2, 6-3.

Chase, a former Goochland standout, is a rising sophomore who plays for Virginia Tech. Ryan, a rising senior at Goochland, has verbally committed to play for the Hokies in 2019.

In singles, Koontz won two matches before falling in the quarterfinals to fifth-seeded Collin Johns 6-3, 6-3. Paul Mendoza, a former Cosby standout who plays for James Madison University, won his first-round match 7-5, 7-5.

On the women’s side, Nina Sorkin dropped just one game in her first-round, winning 6-1, 6-0. Sorkin, a former Deep Run standout and 2014 city champion, plays for Virginia Tech.

Allison Wandling also won her first round in a third-set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-0, 10-8. Wandling is a rising senior at Atlee High School.