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Freshman defender Christian Lawal tries to strike a ball past Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Freshman defender Christian Lawal tries to strike a ball past American’s Conor Osborne. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ellee Watson.

Last year, the men’s soccer team opened the season with a 3-1 loss to a veteran American squad. Heading into the season opener Friday, the Eagles seemed likely to be a bit green, listing 14 freshmen on their roster.

But when the ball hit the turf at Reeves Field in the opening game of the Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup, it was the Colonials who looked like they had never played together, dropping the game 2-0 after American scored two goals in the final 20 minutes.

“We didn’t capitalize. We played in a way I haven’t seen us play before,” head coach Craig Jones said. “When that happens, everything you plan for goes out the window.”

The Eagles set the standard for intensity: During the opening seconds, an American midfielder chased the kickoff and nailed the left back. Together, the two teams racked up 17 fouls.

The Colonials rotated offensively between juniors Ross Higgins and Phillip McQuitty, who started up top, sophomores Garrett Heine and Angel Valencia and junior Jonny Forrest, but GW could not find a groove. Though neither team had any memorable combination pieces in the first half, the Colonials didn’t see any legitimate scoring chances off long balls played for Higgins to run onto, taken away by the speed of the American defense.

GW settled what seemed to be season-opening nerves in the second half, playing the ball on the ground, stringing together passes and creating crosses, but still failed to find the back of the net. The Eagles outshot the Colonials 10-5 by the end of the game.

Junior goalkeeper Jean-Pierre van der Merwe, in his first regular season start after starting all three preseason games, protected the goal through the first 70 minutes. Van der Merwe made a save and a few pivotal grabs, but the post also rescued him from giving up a goal three times.

Eventually, the Eagles broke through, and they didn’t look back. After 73 minutes, American sophomore Joe Iraelo shot from the left side of the box eight yards from the net into the lower right, out of van der Merwe’s reach. Ten minutes later, junior Liam Robley bent a set piece into the right side of the net. Van der Merwe followed the initial trajectory toward the left side.

The Colonials were unable to mount a comeback, especially with the loss of senior Matthew Scott, who was given a yellow card and taken off the field with an injury substitution with nine minutes remaining. Officials also dealt Heine a yellow card in the game.

GW suffered from limited play from Forrest, who did not start because of tightness in his legs. Jones said that Forrest, who ranked second on the team with three goals last season, had practiced well up to the game but seemed best fit to come off the bench in the second half.

“We thought the timing was right,” Jones said. “He is going to get more minutes, but for today’s game, we thought we were better suited with how the guys have been doing in the 11 that we started.”

Other notable substitutions included freshmen Ismail Lapp-Kamara and Christian Lawal, who ended the first half and started the second half at left-back and right-midfield, respectively.

“We’re disappointed with the loss,” Jones said. “Unfortunately, I just didn’t think we played like we could. If we can play like we can, we’ll do well.”

The Colonials finish out the Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup on Sunday at noon in a game against Howard University.

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Then-sophomore guard Joe McDonald drives toward the basket against Radford last season. Hatchet File Photo

Then-sophomore guard Joe McDonald drives toward the basket against Radford last season. Hatchet File Photo

The men’s basketball team will make at least 14 appearances on national television this season, including six at home, the athletics department announced Wednesday.

GW’s record 14 national appearances is a three-game improvement from last season when the Colonials were featured in 11 nationally televised games. Three of GW’s home games will be broadcast on ESPN networks, which will be the first time ESPN has broadcast a Colonials’ home game since the 2006-07 season.

The first broadcast from home will be Jan. 15 on ESPNU, when the Colonials host Richmond’s Spiders.

On Feb. 6, ESPN will broadcast GW’s home game against Dayton and just a week later ESPN2 will give GW its final home-court broadcast on Feb. 14, when GW hosts VCU in a Valentine’s Day matchup.

The remaining ESPN broadcasts include three away games when GW jumps into the Diamond Head Classic from Dec. 22 to 25.

Another eight GW conference games, split evenly, will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network.

In addition to the national attention, the department expects at least 20 of the Colonials’ 31 regular season games will land on regional broadcasts.

“This is phenomenal exposure for our university, men’s basketball program and athletic department,” Athletic Director Patrick Nero said in a release. “Our team and the Colonial Army have worked hard to raise the level of GW basketball, and I am happy to see their accomplishments being recognized.”

After going 24-9 last season (14-1 at home), head coach Mike Lonergan will look to build on last year’s success.

“Our students, fans, campus community, alumni, players and recruits all rally around national TV games, so to have at least 14 of them, including three home games on the ESPN Networks, is going to make this an exciting season in Foggy Bottom and at the Charles E. Smith Center,” Lonergan said.

Overall, the Atlantic 10 set a new conference record with 75 nationally televised games for the season.

GW’s full A-10 schedule:
Saturday, Jan. 3 at Saint Joseph’s – TBD – CBSSN
Tuesday, Jan. 6 vs. Saint Louis – TBD – CBSSN
Saturday, Jan. 10 at La Salle – 12:30 p.m. – NBCSN
Thursday, Jan. 15 vs. Richmond – TBD – ESPNU
Saturday, Jan. 17 vs. George Mason – 4:30 p.m. – NBCSN
Thursday, Jan. 22 at Fordham – 7 p.m. – NBCSN
Saturday, Jan. 24 vs. Duquesne – TBD
Tuesday, Jan. 27 at VCU – TBD – CBSSN
Saturday, January 31 at Rhode Island – TBD
Friday, Feb. 6 vs. Dayton – TBD – ESPN2
Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Duquesne – 7 p.m. – A-10 Network/SNY
Saturday, Feb. 14 vs. VCU – TBD – ESPN2
Wednesday, February 18 vs. Davidson – TBD
Saturday, Feb. 21 at Richmond – TBD – CBSSN
Wednesday, Feb. 25 vs. St. Bonaventure – TBD
Saturday, February 28 at Davidson – TBD
Wednesday, March 4 at George Mason – 7 p.m. – A-10 Network/SNY
Saturday, March 7 vs. Massachusetts – 3:30 p.m. – NBCSN

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Scott Nover.

Freshman goalkeeper Miranda Horn earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors following two shut-out performances over the weekend. Her efforts helped GW begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 2007.

Horn started in the goal Friday and played 61 shut-out minutes in the Colonials’ season-opening 6-0 rout of Mount St. Mary’s. She made three saves in the game, including a leaping grab in the first half to deny the visiting Mountaineers a goal.

The Canadian-born red-shirt freshman also protected the posts throughout Sunday’s overtime defeat of Old Dominion, thwarting five attempts on goal over 91.41 minutes of play, including three saves in the game’s second half.

Horn’s set of clean sheets brings more than conference honors back to GW, a team that suffered the loss of star goalkeeper Nicole Ulrik to graduation last May and began the season with questions about who would take over in the net.

The Colonials’ non-conference schedule continues Friday with GW’s first road game of the season. They will travel to Baltimore to take on Loyola of Maryland before coming back home to host William and Mary on Sunday.

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Junior midfielder Nicole Belfonti fights for possession against an Old Dominion player. Cameron Lancaster |  Photo Editor

Junior midfielder Nicole Belfonti fights for possession against Old Dominion midfielder Devin Dougherty. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Scott Nover

After an easy 6-0 victory against Mount St. Mary’s in its season opener, the women’s soccer team needed extra time Sunday to finish off Old Dominion, escaping with a 1-0 win.

GW forward Kyla Ridley scored the game-winning goal at the beginning of overtime, canceling out the underwhelming ninety minutes of regular time and giving the Colonials the edge over the visiting Monarchs.

While the Colonials tried to control a high-intensity passing game, their efforts were consistently thwarted by mistakes in the midfield. Luckily for GW, the defense, headlined by senior co-captain Alex Brothers, was ruthless in clearing out the box. Redshirt freshman Miranda Horn shutout ODU in front of the net, amounting five saves in just under 92 minutes of action.

The Monarchs outshot the Colonials 5-2 in the opening half, with two ODU shots hitting on target. Monarchs goalkeeper Erin Kinz saw no action between the posts from the Colonials offense during the first half.

“I thought our movement wasn’t good enough,” head coach Sarah Barnes said. “It wasn’t fast enough, we didn’t change direction and change speed fast enough, so I think we were pretty predictable because of that and it made it easy for them to mark us. I think they did a good job defensively to close gaps, but we didn’t do enough work and we didn’t think fast enough and smart enough to really open things up. I think that was the biggest problem.”

The second half saw far fewer errors in the midfield and better ball movement to aid the attack. Junior midfielder Brooke Bean led GW in stopping the ODU charge and redirecting play ahead of her.

Though GW was unable to find the back of the net in the second half, the Colonials’ offense gained momentum and was able to create more chances. At the end of the second half, with overtime approaching, Barnes told her team that aggressive play was key to taking the game.

“I think we had been creating better chances and so our thought process was, right away, we have to be aggressive, move the ball forward, and see if we can be dangerous right from the start,” Barnes said. A lot of the time, these overtime games get one really early or they go to the end. So I thought they did a really good job of just keeping the momentum going.

As per NCAA rules, after the two sides ended the second half in a 0-0 score, the game entered a golden goal overtime scenario.

The Colonials needed less than two minutes before Ridley drove a shot into the box, which curled into the top left corner of the goal to give GW its second-straight victory of the season.

“I thought it was nice,” Ridley said. “I just took it with my left foot and just sort of bent it around and put it to goal. And I was like, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t expect that really with my left foot, but it went in.”

The Colonials play their next game on the road Friday against Loyola University Maryland.

Game Note: Freshman defender Danielle Snajder limped off the field with an apparent leg injury. Barnes said Snajder appeared in good shape, but had yet to check with the trainer following the match.

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Freshman midfielder Camille Roberts dribbles past defenders during Friday evening's game against Mount St. Mary's. She would go on to score the Colonials' sixth and final goal of the game. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

Freshman midfielder Camille Roberts dribbles past defenders during Friday’s game against Mount St. Mary’s. She would go on to score the Colonials’ sixth and final goal of the game. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

Midway through the second half of the women’s soccer team’s regular season opener Friday against Mount St. Mary’s, the athletic department staff running the PA system at the GW Soccer Field started to get nervous about the game’s score.

The reason? They were running out of songs to play to celebrate Colonial goals.

While it may not have been against the strongest competition, as the Northeast Conference Preseason poll placed the Knights ninth overall, GW burst out of the gate early and coasted to a 6-0 rout of the Mount.

The six goals were their highest goal count in a game since 2006.

The Colonials, who averaged 1.11 goals per game last season, had six different players find the back of the net. The most notable scorer was junior Kristi Abbate who, after a strong freshman campaign, slumped without a goal as a sophomore last season.

Up 1-0 off an early goal from junior forward Kyla Ridley, Abbate sliced through a trio of Mount defenders, tapped the ball to the right corner of the net and ran toward a sea of high fives and hugs. She stopped just for a subtle shimmy of her shoulders in celebration.

“Compared to last year, it was so relieving to finally get [a goal] in,” Abbate said. “I felt 10 pounds lighter after I scored it. It was a great feeling.”

Looking to improve upon a 4-10-3 season last year, the Mount found some success early on by forcing GW turnovers, but the Knights couldn’t generate any offense of their own.

“They were pinning us in and turning us over,” head coach Sarah Barnes said. “So the good news for us is that we’ve been through that before and we haven’t always been able to figure it out quick enough to turn the game around and get the momentum. I think that’s what we did today.”

GW adjusted quickly, outshooting the Mount 14-4 in the first half. By the end of the game, that figure grew to 27-5.

It was a clear departure from last season’s 0-0 tie between the two teams. While the Colonials outshot the Mount 19-8 in that game, they struggled to finish at the net.

“Obviously seeing six different people score for us is huge given that that is an area – and it is the hardest part of the game – but that was an area for us that can be really challenging and has been for a couple years,” Barnes said. “Being able to see that a number of different people can do it in a game when they get their chance is really exciting,”

The best chance for the Mount came with nine minutes remaining in the first half. Defender Geanna Donnelly shot the ball at the center of the goal, just below the bar, but a leaping Miranda Horn preserved the shutout with a save by the tips of her outstretched fingers.

Horn, who Barnes confirmed after the game is the team’s starting goalie, was replaced in the net by junior Ellen Conway early in the second half after recording three saves over 60 minutes. Conway made one save in 30 minutes.

In the 64th minute, senior Meg Murphy sent a header off a cross from freshman Annika Johnson into the left side. Later, in the 84th minute, freshman Brittany Cooper, who took a game-high five shots equaling last season’s single game goals record, scored GW’s fifth goal.

The sixth and final Colonials goal was tallied by redshirt freshman Camille Roberts, whose tap of a loose ball into the bottom corner of the net came just two minutes after Cooper.

“I think it means a lot, just showing us what we have and how many goal scorers we can have this year,” Ridley said.

The Colonials started seniors Alex Brothers, MacKenzie McIndoe, Madison Davis and Taylor Katz, juniors Brooke Bean, Abbate and Ridley, redshirt junior Nicole Belfonti, sophomore Lina Proska, freshman Danielle Snajder and redshirt freshman Horn in their first official contest.

By the end of the game, 25 Colonials had taken the field, each playing at least 15 minutes.

“I think you saw that we have a lot of people who give us depth,” Barnes said. “We thought that was the case during preseason but until you start playing other people, you don’t really know for sure.”

The Colonials have a quick turnaround before their next contest, a 12 p.m. home game against Old Dominion on Sunday. GW beat the Lady Monarchs 2-1 on the road last season in a distinctly physical match.

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Head coach Mike Lonergan talks to the men's basketball team during the A-10 Tournament last season. Hatchet File Photo

Head coach Mike Lonergan talks to the men’s basketball team during the A-10 Tournament last season. Hatchet File Photo

The men’s basketball team released the final five games of its non-conference schedule Tuesday, announcing matchups against Grambling State, Longwood, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Charlotte and the Virginia Military Institute, all to be played at the Smith Center.

The Colonials will play 13 non-conference games between Nov. 8 and Dec. 30, including the first games of five home-and-home series against teams from the ACC, Big Ten and Big East. GW will play 31 games total during the 2014-15 regular season.

The full schedule has yet to be revealed, but the Colonials have now announced the entire list of opponents after the A-10 pairings were released in May.

GW could see as many as 15 postseason teams throughout the regular season, depending on the results of the Diamond Head Classic. As many as seven of those potential opponents could come from outside A-10 play.

One of the toughest tests of the season for the Colonials will likely come Nov. 21 against ACC Champion Virginia. The game is the first of a home-and-home agreement between the two schools, and could prove a boost to the Colonials strength-of-schedule if they can hold their own against the 2014 Sweet 16 team.

The matchup against Virginia is one of 10 games against opponents from Maryland or Virginia, and one of four in the non-conference slate along with Longwood on Nov. 26, UMBC on Dec. 4 and VMI on Dec. 30 in the non-conference closer.

The Colonials will also stay close to home at the Verizon Center in the BB&T Classic on Dec. 7, when they will take on Charlotte as part of the double header also featuring a game between Georgetown and Towson.

Then-sophomore guard Joe McDonald drives toward the basket against Radford last season. Hatchet File Photo by Delaney Walsh | Photo Editor

Then-sophomore guard Joe McDonald drives toward the basket against Radford last season. Hatchet File Photo by Delaney Walsh | Photo Editor

Outside the D.C. area, the team will head to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic from Dec. 22 to 25.

The eight-team tournament field includes Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio and Wichita State, a team that, along with GW, finished the 2013-14 season ranked in the RPI Top 100 and played in the postseason. Host Hawaii, Loyola Marymount and Big East quarterfinalist DePaul, which the Colonials will host at the Smith Center on Dec. 11, round out the field.

The Colonials will see another Big East team in Seton Hall on the road Nov. 29. The Pirates finished last season an even 17-17 with a 10-8 home record, and will return four of their top seven scorers from 2013-14.

More power conference matchups come with two away games against Big Ten teams in Rutgers on Nov. 16 and Penn State on Dec. 14.

The Scarlet Knights will return three starters from last season’s team, which lost to the Colonials 93-87 at the Smith Center last season. The Nittany Lions ended the 2013-14 season in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational after sweeping powerhouse Ohio State during the regular season.

GW will unofficially begin the season at home with an exhibition game against Bloomsburg (Division II). The Colonials were unforgiving hosts last season with a 15-1 home record, but Huskies head coach John Sanow will have at least one friendly face in The Smith Center: head coach Mike Lonergan, whom he assisted when Lonergan was head coach at Vermont.

The season will open officially six days later when the Colonials host Grambling State on Nov. 14.

GW’s non-conference schedule is listed below:

11/8/2014 vs. Bloomsburg (Exhibition)

11/14/2014 vs. Grambling State

11/16/2014 at Rutgers

11/21/2014 at Virginia

11/26/2014 vs. Longwood

11/29/2014 at Seton Hall

12/4/2014 vs. UMBC

12/7/2014 vs. Charlotte (BB&T Classic)

12/11/2014 vs. DePaul

12/14/2014 at Penn State

12/22-25/2014 Diamond Head Classic

12/30/2014 – VMI

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Then-sophomore midfielder Kristi Abbate dribbles by a defender during the 2013 season. Hatchet File Photo by Cameron Lancaster | Contributing Photo Editor

Then-sophomore midfielder Kristi Abbate dribbles by a defender during the 2013 season. Hatchet File Photo by Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Scott Nover.

Before the women’s soccer team takes to the turf, Atlantic 10 coaches and officials have predicted the Colonials will finish seventh in the conference.

Coaches also named junior forward Kristi Abbate and senior defender Alex Brothers to their Preseason All-Conference Team, the league announced Monday.

The Coaches’ Poll anticipates a second-straight seventh-place finish for GW, whose 2013 campaign ended with the team’s first A-10 Championship appearance in 11 years. But the addition of Davidson has pushed the number of teams in competition to 14, and the Wildcats could prove a wild card during conference play.

The voting from the 14 head coaches did not predict any shakeups in the league power rankings. GW received 110 total points, while the Dayton Flyers, with 189 points, topped the pre-season poll for the sixth consecutive season.

Following the Flyers were defending champions La Salle, then VCU, Saint Louis, Massachusetts and George Mason, all favored above the Colonials. Rounding off the bottom six, after GW, were Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, St. Bonaventure, Duquense, Davidson, Rhode Island and Fordham, which earned 42 points, the lowest score.

The top eight finishers will travel to Dayton to play in the A-10 Championship in early November, when the Colonials will look to improve on last year’s first-round loss to La Salle. With the A-10 coaches putting GW in the middle of the pack, the Colonials will likely rely heavily on experienced players Abbate and Brothers to fight through the entire conference season.

Now in her third year as a starter, Abbate was an All-Rookie selection during her freshman campaign and earned All-Conference Second Team honors after the 2013 season. Abbate went without a goal last season, but made impact with two game-winning assists and by taking 34 shots with 11 attempts on target.

She has also maintained a presence atop the pitch, starting all 36 contests for the Colonials in the past two seasons while seeing action as both a forward and midfielder.

Another high-impact player, Brothers enters her senior season as the team’s MVP after three years as a starter and a shut-down defender. Before she was named MVP at the end of last season, Brothers was part of the Colonials back line that limited opponents to a .086 shot percentage and recorded eight shutouts, the most since 1994.

If Abbate and Brothers meet expectations, GW will be in a stronger position to exceed what coaches and officials anticipate of the team as it strives for a strong season to help its championship seeding.

Now that the coaches have spoken, the players will get their first, though unofficial, chance to set their own expectations. The Colonials will play Wednesday at 5 p.m. in an exhibition match against American at the Mount Vernon Campus field.

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GW’s third women’s lacrosse coach in program history will leave the team after posting a 47-69 record over seven years.

Tara Hannaford, who was a four-year letter winner at the College of William & Mary, coached the Colonials to three Atlantic 10 Championship appearances. She said in a release Wednesday that she would leave the program to spend more time with family.

“I would like to thank [Athletic Director] Patrick Nero and the athletic department for a tremendous experience at GW,” Hannaford said. “I’ve loved coaching the student-athletes and being part of a thriving program.”

The Colonials went 7-9 last season, missing the playoffs after two consecutive postseason appearances in 2012 and 2013.

The search for Hannaford’s replacement is already underway.

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After ending last season with an 11-5 record at home, women's basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis will look to take his team far into the NCAA tournament this year. Hatchet File Photo

After ending last season with an 11-5 record at home, women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis will look to take his team far into the NCAA tournament this year. Hatchet File Photo

The women’s basketball team will host last year’s regular season champion and NCAA Tournament participant Dayton, Atlantic 10 champion Fordham, Saint Joseph’s and conference newcomer Davidson as part of its eight-game home matchups and 16-game A-10 Conference schedule.

The Colonials will also host Duquesne, George Mason, Richmond and St. Bonaventure, the league announced Monday. GW ended last season with an impressive 15-3 at home.

On the road, the team will face Dayton, George Mason, Richmond, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and Women’s National Invitation Tournament participant VCU. The Colonials finished at .500 on the road last season, ending the year with a 6-6 record.

GW finished last season with a 23-11 overall record, a nine-win improvement from the 2012-13 season. The Colonials earned a bid to the WNIT and advanced to the third round, where they were knocked out by the University of South Florida. GW’s two postseason victories were its first since 2008.

With arguably the best recruiting class in the A-10, the Colonials are on track to carry last season’s success into the coming year.

The team will announce a full schedule at a later date.

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The Washington Kastles finished their home matches in the Smith Center with a win Thursday that will send them to the Mylan World TeamTennis Finals.

The Kastles needed an overtime game to take down the Philadelphia Freedoms 21-16 and win the Eastern Conference Championship.

After the match, roster mainstay Bobby Reynolds announced he would retire from team tennis after the finals to spend more time with his family. Reynolds spent five years with the Kastles, leading the team to three-straight national titles.

Martina Hingis high-fives children on her way to the court. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

With young local tennis players cheering her on, Martina Hingis makes her way to the court. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King cheers on the Philidelphia Freedoms, the team she owns. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King, who owns the Philadelphia Freedoms, visited the Smith Center to support her team. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds of the Washington Kastles returns a serve. Reynolds won the men's singles set 5-3. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds of the Washington Kastles returns a serve. Reynolds won the men’s singles set 5-3. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Leander Paes serves past his partner Martina Hingis. The pair won the mixed doubles set 5-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Leander Paes serves past his partner Martina Hingis. The pair won the mixed doubles set 5-2. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds, Anastasia Rodionova and coach Murphy Jensen cheer after the Kastles scored a point. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bobby Reynolds, Anastasia Rodionova and coach Murphy Jensen look on as the Kastles score a point. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

After her partner left the match with an injury Taylor Townsend of the Philadelphia Freedoms continued the women's doubles set one her own. The Freedoms lost the set 1-5. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

After her partner left the match with an injury, Taylor Townsend of the Philadelphia Freedoms continued the women’s doubles set on her own. The Freedoms lost the set 1-5. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Leander Paes serves the ball in the men's doubles set. Paes and his partner Bobby Reynolds won the set, but would ultimately win in overtime to win the Eastern Conference Championships for the Kastles. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Leander Paes serves the ball in the men’s doubles set. Paes and partner Bobby Reynolds lost the set, but ultimately won in overtime, clinching the Eastern Conference Championships for the Kastles. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Leander Paes of the Washington Kastles stretches to return a serve. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Leander Paes of the Washington Kastles stretches to return a serve. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Kastles react after winning the WTT Eastern Conference Championship. They will look to win their fourth straight National Championship on Sunday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Kastles react after winning the WTT Eastern Conference Championship. The team will compete in its fourth-straight WTT Finals on Sunday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

After the match, Bobby Reynolds announced that he will retire following Sunday's WTT National Championship match. Reynolds spent five years on the Kastles. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

After the match, Bobby Reynolds announced he would retire following the WTT Finals. Reynolds spent five years playing for the Kastles. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Washington Kastles give Bobby Reynolds a standing ovation after he announced his impending retirement. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Washington Kastles give Bobby Reynolds a standing ovation after he announced his retirement. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Kastles will face Western Conference Championship winners the Springfield Lasers, who the Kastles defeated Tuesday in front of First Lady Michelle Obama.

The match will be streamed live Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN3.com before moving to ESPN2 at 6 p.m.

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