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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rob Bartnichak.

The women’s tennis team defeated George Mason by the score of 6-1 Sunday, capping off the regular season and Senior Day with a celebration.

Leah Pascarella serves at a match on the Mount Vernon Campus last season. Hatchet File Photo

Leah Pascarella serves at a match on the Mount Vernon Campus last season. Hatchet File Photo

Senior Leah Pascarella paced the Colonials, who along with sophomore Christina Carpenter, secured an 8-3 doubles win to help the Colonials take the doubles point. She then went on to a seamless singles victory 6-0, 6-0, bringing her singles record 16-8 on the year and 10-3 in the spring.

“It feels great to have a senior day like this,” Pascarella said after the match. “I couldn’t have asked for much more.”

Also graduating was senior Isabella Escobar, who suffered a somewhat less satisfying afternoon, being defeated in singles 7-6, 6-4 and losing in doubles with freshman partner Taylor Nederlander, 8-4. The singles loss ends her regular season record at 2-7.

“It’s unfortunate that I didn’t win but I thought I fought hard,” Escobar said. “But still, GW has given me an amazing experience.”

Sophomore Lana Robins (6-1, 6-0), Nederlander (7-6, 6-3), sophomore Egle Jakuciunaite (6-2, 6-0) and Carpenter (6-1, 6-0) all won their singles matches in straight sets. The doubles duo of Robins and freshman Allison Hansen added the second GW doubles win, 8-3, giving the Colonials the early 1-0 lead.
Robins ended her season leading the team in singles victories, finishing with a record of 17-9.

The win brings the team’s overall record to 8-5, 5-2 in the conference. With the regular season now over, the team switches its view to the Atlantic 10 Championship in Mason, Ohio, set to begin Thursday, April 24. The Colonials will learn their tournament seeding tomorrow after all weekend matches conclude.

“I think we’re ready,” assistant coach Anthony Lee said. “We can always improve on things but we just need to compete and give 110 percent and we’ll do well.”

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aaron Esparza.

Coming into the 2014 spring season, the women’s tennis team was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 – smashed in between Massachusetts at No. 3 and Fordham at No. 5.

With a 5-2 win against the Minutemen and a 4-1 win against the Rams this weekend, the Colonials showed that preseason votes are not going to decide their season’s fate.

Carrying momentum from its first win – a 6-1 performance against UMBC – GW looked like more than a conference contender this weekend.

In the conference opener against UMass, a combined effort from the doubles pairs of senior Isabella Escobar and freshman Taylor Nederlander, as well as freshman Grace Egger and sophomore Lana Robins, took care of the doubles point with 8-5 and 8-6 wins, respectively.

From this early spark, the team took control of the singles matches, grabbing 4 wins and 2 losses to secure the 5-2 win.

Even more exciting, for the team’s long-term hopes, was the return of sophomore Stephanie Wei after a three game hiatus due to injury. Wei and senior Leah Pascarella looked fresh in their doubles match, leading 7-5 before it went unfinished, but Wei would go on to lose her first singles match of the season, 3-6, 2-6.

With just Saturday to rest, the team traveled to face Fordham Sunday, in many ways repeating the same game plan they executed against the Minutemen.

The newfound strength in doubles continued as the duo of Robins and Egger again dominated in an 8-1 performance, while the team of Pascarella and Wei looked even more comfortable en route to an 8-2 win.

The Colonials finished singles play with three more victories, all of them coming in convincing straight sets. The most impressive: Egger’s perfect 6-0, 6-0 match in the No. 6 slot. Egger would be one of four Colonials to win both her singles matches on the weekend, along with Robins, Pascarella and Nederlander.

Explaining this dramatic turnaround, head coach Greg Munoz cited the recent “top form” Pascarella has shown for the team in competition, as well as the emotional lift that Wei’s return has brought to the lineup.

Despite the excitement from the weekend, it was not that long ago that this team was desperate for its first win. Munoz believes that the team’s new direction is setting them on the right path to accomplish their preseason goals of being a top three seed and making it to the A-10 finals.

Standing in the way are 16 more equally important regular season matches, with one date in particular – April 6 – standing out to the Colonials.

It’s not the start of the A-10 tournament, but instead, just a regular season matchup against conference-rival Richmond. To Munoz, who is still figuring out the women’s conference in his first year as head coach, he knows how much of a milestone a win against the Spiders would be.

“If we can show that we can beat Richmond that says a lot about the women’s program,” Munoz said.

GW was defeated by Richmond in the A-10 quarterfinals two seasons ago and lost to them 5-2 in a regular season match last year. Before VCU’s A-10 Championship win last season, the Spiders had won four consecutive conference titles.

To be successful against powerhouses like Richmond, GW will need the continued contributions and leadership from its only two upperclassmen: co-captain seniors Isabella Escobar and Leah Pascarella.

Additionally, the Colonials will need to continue their recent success in doubles play. Munoz, knowing the importance doubles has in setting the tone for each match, has transferred his strategy from the men’s team of focusing on the doubles point. The women have slowly adapted this style of play to the point that it has “become a real strength” Munoz declared.

Although their record (3-3) may not sound too intimidating, this women’s tennis team has already shown they can handle adversity, with the abrupt head coaching transition being almost unnoticeable. Don’t be surprised to find this team competing for a top spot in the conference standings and making noise come late April.

Next on the schedule is a back-to-back home stand against Saint Louis and Towson, March 10 and 11. They will be the first matches at the newly refurbished GW Tennis Center for either tennis team this season.

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Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 6:42 p.m.

Weekend wrap-up

Senior captain Stephanie Stoicovy goes through her balance beam routine. Hatchet File Photo by Jordan Emont | Photo Editor

A lot of Colonial sports teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at what couldn’t fit on the sports page:

Gymnastics

GW finished in fourth of six teams at the Sweetheart Invitational this weekend.

Its best event as a team was the balance beam, where the Colonials scored a cumulative 48.750. GW was paced by senior Stephanie Stoicovy, who finished fourth in the all-around with 38.975, including 9.875 on floor exercise, which was good enough to tie her for third in that category.

Sophomore Elena Corcoran tied for third on the vault with a 9.775 and senior Kayla Carto tied for third on the balance beam with a 9.850.

Women’s water polo

The Colonials went 2-2 this weekend, defeating Bucknell and Villanova but dropping to Marist and Hartwick.

GW defeated Bucknell in its opening match of the weekend 10-9, off the offensive strength of freshman Erin Donoghue, who scored a career-best five goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander kept the Colonials in the game with six saves. Later that day, GW fell to Hartwick 23-12. Junior Katherine Berry paced GW with four goals, and fellow junior Rachel Bentley added six points on three goals and three assists.

The next day, the Colonials opened play with a 10-6 loss to Marist, which scored three unanswered goals down the stretch to take a 5-3 lead into halftime. From there, they pulled away, holding GW to just 6-27 shots on the game, despite Vilander recording a season-high 11 saves. But it was the Colonials’ offense’s turn to shine against Villanova, led by Donoghue, who tallied a hat trick. GW pulled away decisively to take that game 11-6.

Women’s Squash

The Colonials competed in the CSA Team Nationals this weekend, making it to the Consolation Finals before falling to Williams College in their final match of the season, 8-1.

In the team’s first match of the championships, freshman Anna Gabriela Porras was the only Colonial to pick up a win, defeating her No.1 opponent Catherine Jenkins 11-4, 11-6, 11-8.  Unfortunately, the rest of the squad did not fair so well, ultimately falling to Columbia 8-1.

Continuing competition in the Consolation Semifinals, the Colonials faced off against Amherst, winning the match 7-2.  Porras again won her No.1 match in straight sets, along with freshman Alexa Tzarnas and junior Elizabeth Tapley who won their No. 6 and 5 matches, respectively.

In what would be their final match of the season, the Colonials were defeated by Williams College, 8-1.  Repeating Friday’s performance, the Colonials gave no help to Porras, who tallied the only win for GW.  Porras went undefeated on the weekend and finished her inaugural season with a 16-4 record.

The team concludes the season ranked as the No.14 team in the CSA. Porras and junior Jackie Shea will move on to represent the Colonials at the CSA Individual National Championships, March 1-3.

 

Men’s Tennis

The Colonials went into action at the ECAC Indoor Championship this weekend, finishing play with a 1-2 record.

On Friday, the team fell to No.42 Columbia, 4-2.  Junior Nikita Fomin defeated his No.2 singles opponent 6-2,6-4, while fellow junior Viktor Svensson earned a victory in his No.6 match, 6-3, 7-6.  In doubles action, Columbia earned points in the No.1 and 2 matches, garnering enough points for the overall victory.

The Colonials pulled the upset on Saturday, defeating No.59 Dartmouth 4-3.  It was the highest ranked team the Colonials have defeated since head coach Greg Munoz took over seven seasons ago.  In the No.2 doubles match, Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov defeated their opponent 8-5, while sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti won their No.3 doubles match 8-2.  In singles play, Dias and Fomin won their No.1 and No.2 matches, respectively, setting up junior Urlik Thomsen to clinch the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.

In the fifth-place match, the Colonials were swept by Yale, 4-0.  The loss left the team in sixth place for the tournament.

 

Women’s Tennis

The Colonials opened up A-10 play this weekend with a 6-1 win over Saint Joseph’s.

GW swept doubles play, holding the Hawks to a combined four points and earning the first three points before heading into singles action.  The team was just as dominant in singles action, losing just the No. 1 match.  Freshman Lana Robins got GW back on track with a win in the No.2 position, followed by wins from freshman Stephanie Wei and senior Mimi Hamling in the No.3 and 4 spots, respectively.  Senior Dorota Lysienia and junior Isabella Escobar closed out the matches with wins of their own.

The team stayed perfect on their first weekend of conference play with a 4-3 win over Duquesne.  GW earned two out of three doubles victories, with wins from the pairs of Lysienia and Robins, and Wei and freshman Christina Carpenter.  In singles play, junior Leah Pascarella defeated her No.1 opponent 6-3, 7-5, while Wei and Hamling followed behind with wins in the No.3 and 4 slots to close out the match.

 

Sailing

In their first match of the spring session, the Colonials climbed three spots from their Day 1 position to finish the College of Charleston Coed Spring Intersectional in 12th place.

The team earned their 12th place finish with a combined 181 points total.  Winning the even was host and third ranked College of Charleston, with a total of 58 points.

Freshman Maria Sinagra, sophomore Matthew Ricci and senior Richard Sant teamed together to finish 8th in the B Division with 69 points.  Senior Ian Conner and seniors Rebecca Engel and Skye Kussmann earned a total of 112 points to place 16th overall in the A Division.

- By Elizabeth Traynor and Nick Ong

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Sophomore Leah Pascarella prepares to volley the ball back to her opponent earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

Women’s tennis team senior Jacqueline Corba and sophomore Leah Pascarella are among the Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis All-Conference Teams, with Corba earning a spot on the first team and Pascarella nabbing a second team nod.

With the award, Corba earns her third straight first team nomination, and fourth postseason honor after she was named to the second team as a freshman. She is the fourth Colonial in program history to earn four straight all-conference awards.

This season, Corba earned a 14-11 record at No. 11 singles and a 17-4 mark in doubles, including a 12-4 record at the No. 3 doubles slot with senior Meg Tyner.

Pascarella picks up her second straight postseason honor after a second team nod last year. This season, she totaled a 16-10 overall singles record, including a 10-4 mark at the No. 2 slot. She teamed up with fellow sophomore Isabella Escobar at No. 2 doubles, picking up a 12-9 record.

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Sophomore Leah Pascarella prepares to volley the ball back to her opponent. The Colonials faced off against St. Joseph's over the weekend. Samuel Klein | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Nicholas Ong

The Colonials served up an ace for Senior Day, finishing their regular season by defeating A-10 foe Saint Joseph’s 6-1.

It was GW’s fourth consecutive victory, and the lone point the Hawks scored was just the second point the Colonials allowed in four matches. The win also ended Saint Joesph’s own three-match win streak.

Getting off to a quick start, the Colonials swept all three doubles matches, just as they did in their last match against Longwood April 6. At the No. 1 spot, junior Mimi Hamling and senior Zoe Krohn defeated their opponents 8-2, after first having to compensate for Saint Joseph’s style of play.

“We haven’t played too many teams who serve and volley a lot,” Krohn said. “So we adjusted by hitting a lot of short balls right at their feet, which made it hard for them to hit when they were trying to volley.”

Sophomores Isabella Escobar and Leah Pascarella won their No. 2 doubles game 8-6, while seniors Meg Tyner and Jacqueline Corba finished off their opponents with a score of 8-3.

Now with an lead, the Colonials sought the same success in singles play. Succumbing the only loss of the day was No. 1 singles player Corba, who stormed out to a 6-0 first set victory, but then faltered in the deciding sets 3-6 and 1-6, respectively.

“I was playing really well the first set, moving forward and attacking,” Corba said.  “Second set [Hawks opponent Casey Robinson] came out strong in the beginning with some tough points.  I’m just really excited that our team won today.”

The remaining singles games went more smoothly for GW, as Pascarella posted her fourth straight win with a 6-3, 6-0 mark in the No. 2 slot. Sophomore Julia Blakeley got the win at No. 3 by a score of 6-4, 6-3, while Hamling took her second victory of the day with a mark of 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 4 position.

Rounding out the Colonials’ dominant singles play, Escobar kept the team going with a 6-3, 6-0 win in the No. 5 spot, and Tyner finished competition with a victory at No. 6, 6-1, 6-3.

“Leah in her singles was definitely close in the first set and she made some adjustments and did a terrific job,” head coach Dawn Buth said. “The great thing about Saint Joe’s is they’re really great counter punchers and they run down everything, so you gotta hand it to them.”

The win marked the final home match for seniors Tyner, Krohn, and three-year captain Corba. Tyner posted consistent scores over her tenure at GW, mostly at the No .5 and No. 6 singles positions, including a 13-6 record during her sophomore year after returning from injury.

Krohn spent the last three years as a piece of the No. 1 doubles team, nabbing a team-best doubles record of 15-7. Corba, who’s played as the No. 1 singles player since her sophomore year, earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team honors for the past two seasons.

Next week, the Colonials move on to the A-10 tournament in Charlottesville, Va., where they hope to improve on their fourth place finish from last season.

“The team is really excited and they’re really a committed and united team,” Buth said.  “I think they positioned themselves to be in the best place possible moving into A-10’s next week.”

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Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.

Colonial sports weekend round-up

Senior Amanda Murphy performs on the balance beam during the Lindsey Ferris Invitation Jan. 14. | Hatchet File Photo

A lot of GW teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Gymnastics

The Colonials fell to Central Michigan Sunday, dropping the dual meet 193.600-192.075 in GW’s fifth of six straight road competitions.

GW posted a new season high on the floor exercise, earning a combined 48.600, paced by junior Stephanie Stoicovy, who led with Colonials with a 9.800 for fourth place. Senior Amanda Murphy and sophomore Betsy Zander tied for sixth with a score of 9.725.

Stoicovy finished third in the all-around, with 38.500, and sophomore Kiera Kenney led GW on the uneven bars, finishing with a 9.725. Zander tied for third place on the balance beam, scoring a 9.625, and freshman Courtney Willoughby earned third place on the vault with a 9.700.

The Colonials wrap their road stand at EAGL rival North Carolina Feb. 24.

Baseball

The baseball team opened its season at Stetson this weekend and was swept in three games over three days.

The Colonials had a 2-0 lead at the top of the first Friday but couldn’t hold on for the victory, falling 19-7 to Stetson. Senior Stephen Oswald tripled in fellow senior Ollie Mittag for the first score of the game, followed by a RBI groundout from senior Matt Murakami. But their early runs didn’t stop an explosive Stetson team that scored five in the bottom of the first and six in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead.

Saturday, junior Brian Derner held Stetson hitless before an unearned run in the third opened the door for Stetson to add five runs in the fourth. The Colonials were able to tally two runs in the top of the ninth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 7-2 final tally.

GW’s bats heated up a bit Sunday, collecting 14 hits on the day, but still couldn’t overcome Stetson, falling 13-8 in the series finale. Mittag had a game-high three hits, including one RBI, and Murakami, junior Kyle Gelling, sophomore Owen Beightol and freshman Xavier Parkmond all collected two. The Colonials jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, but Stetson pulled within a run in the second. The teams traded runs over the rest of the game, before a four-run sixth and two-run eighth inning gave the Hatters a solid lead.

The Colonials next head to Petersburg, Va. for a three-game stand against Army next weekend.

Women’s tennis

GW opened A-10 competition this weekend, splitting its action with a loss to Xavier Saturday but a victory over Duquesne Sunday.

The Colonials won two of the three doubles matches to start competition Saturday, with sophomores Leah Pascarella and Isabella Escobar and senior Jacqueline Corba and junior Lorena Valente teaming up for the victories. From there the Muskateers picked up four singles victories for a 4-3 win, despite Colonial singles triumphs from Pascarella and Escobar.

Sunday, GW picked up its first A-10 win of the season. The team once again nabbed the double point off victories from the teams of Escobar and Pascarella and Corba and Valente. Three singles wins, from junior Mimi Hamling, senior Meg Tyner – who is undefeated in singles play on the season – and senior Zoe Krohn cemented GW’s 4-3 victory.

The team next faces James Madison Feb. 25 and Temple Feb. 26.

Women’s lacrosse

After opening their season with a commanding victory over Howard, the Colonials fell at Drexel in their second game of the season, dropping to the Dragons 15-10 Sunday.

Though Drexel took an early 4-2 lead, GW rallied on a 6-1 scoring run to take an 8-5 lead at halftime, including two goals apiece from seniors Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman. It was the closest the Colonials would come to victory, after the Dragons used an explosive second half to pull away decisively.

Drexel outscored GW 10-2 on the second, including six straight goals to open the half. Phillips picked up her third goal of the game, for her second straight hat trick, and junior Nicole Lacey added a goal for the Colonials’ only two scores on the half. Lacey also matched her own program single-game record with 10 draw controls on the afternoon.

GW next hosts Long Island at 1 p.m. Feb. 25.

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Freshman Francisco Dias earned A-10 rookie honors Monday. | Hatchet File Photo

Sophomore Leah Pascarella and freshman Francisco Dias were named today the A-10 Women’s Tennis Performer of the Week and Men’s Tennis Rookie Performer of the Week, respectively.

Pascarella earned a singles and doubles victory en route to the Colonials’ 7-0 trouncing of Saint Francis (Pa.) to open their season over the weekend. Pascarella swept her singles opponent in straight sets at the No. 1 singles slot, grabbing a 6-0, 6-0 victory. She teamed up with fellow sophomore Isabella Escobar to grab an 8-0 doubles victory.

Dias joined the men’s tennis squad as they opened their 2012 season with four matches in three days this weekend. Dias, who is currently ranked No. 12 by the ITA in the Atlantic Region, picked up three victories at the No. 1 singles slot over those four matches. The Lisbon, Portugal native earned his first singles victory in straight sets against Old Dominion Friday, grabbed a 2-1 singles win against Dartmouth Saturday and picked up another straight-sets singles win against Iona Sunday. Dias also teamed up with sophomore Viktor Svensson to earn a doubles win against William & Mary.

The men’s tennis team next heads to Penn Feb. 4 for a 2 p.m. match, and the women’s squad travels to Old Dominion for a 1 p.m. match the same day.

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 10:23 p.m.

Sports weekend wrap-up

Senior Amanda Murphy performs on the balance beam during the Lindsey Ferris Invitation Jan. 14. | Hatchet File Photo

Correction Appended

A lot of Colonial sports teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at how some of GW’s teams performed:

Gymnastics

The Colonials scored a season-high 193.125 as a team to finish second in a tri-meet at West Virginia Sunday afternoon. GW earned season-high team scores in all events, scoring 48.600 on vault, 47.875 on bars, 48.450 on balance beam and 48.200 on the floor exercise.

For the third week in a row, junior Stephanie Stoichovy was on the podium for the all-around, finishing third with an overall score of 38.550. She scored 9.750 on the floor exercise, 9.700 on vault, 9.600 on balance beam and 9.500 on the uneven bars.

Redshirt junior Monique Blount grabbed a career-high 9.800 on the balance beam, tying for third. Freshman Elena Corcoran posted a season-high 9.800 on the vault, taking fourth place overall, and sophomore Kiera Kenney scored a season-high 9.725 on the uneven bars to grab fourth place.

GW next heads to a quad meet at Pittsburgh Feb. 4, facing featuring EAGL rivals Rutgers and Pittsburgh as well as William & Mary.

Men’s tennis

The reigning Atlantic 10 champions opened the 2012 season this weekend, playing four matches in three days. Hampered by injury, the Colonials picked up a 4-3 victory over Old Dominion but dropped their remaining matches, falling to Dartmouth, 4-2, William and Mary, 4-1, and Iowa, 4-2 at the William and Mary Tribe Invitational.

GW earned its first-ever victory over Old Dominion Friday, narrowly escaping with a 4-3 win. Sophomore Ulrik Thomsen and junior Alexander van Gils picked up a doubles victory for GW, followed by a win at the No. 3 doubles slot from junior Leonardo Lapentti and sophomore Viktor Svensson. Singles wins from freshman Francisco Dias, van Gils and Lapentti cemented the Colonials’ match win.

Against Dartmouth, Dias opened play at the No. 1 singles slot with a victory, but his win wasn’t enough to propel the rest of the Colonials, with Thomsen earning the sole other Colonial singles victory at the No. 3 slot. GW was swept in doubles play to drop the match 4-2 to Dartmouth.

The Colonials next faced William and Mary. They picked up the doubles point with two victories from the teams of Thomsen and van Gils and Dias and Svensson, but couldn’t hold on in singles play, where they were swept to drop the match 4.1.

GW’s last match of the weekend was against Iona. The Colonials again could only pick up two singles victories, from Dias and Svensson, and were swept in doubles play to drop a 4-2 decision.

The Colonials next head to Penn Feb. 4 for a 2 p.m. match.

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Sophomore Julia Blakely sprints for the ball during a March match against James Madison University last season. | Hatchet File Photo

Women’s tennis

The Colonials opened their season against Saint Francis (Pa.) this weekend, holding their opponent scoreless en route to a 7-0 victory.

Senior Zoe Krohn and junior Mimi Hamling earned a 8-0 doubles victory, followed by the doubles team of sophomores Isabella Escobar and Leah Pascarella, who also picked up a 8-0 win. The final GW doubles team, seniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner, grabbed an 8-1 doubles win to sweep that category for the Colonials.

GW opened singles play off a straight-sets victory from Pascarella, followed by a win at the No. 2 slot from Corba. Hamling, Escobar, Krohn and Tyner followed suit with wins of their own– and every Colonial won their singles match in straight sets.

The Colonials head to Old Dominion for a 1 p.m. match Feb. 4.

Squash

The squash teams also swung into action this weekend, both the men’s and women’s squads playing four matches against various opponents in Maine.

The men’s squad opened the weekend blanking Tufts 9-0, and followed that with a 9-0 victory over Boston College the next day. GW’s only loss on the weekend came at the hands of Bates, falling 7-2, but the Colonials rebounded for a win at Bowdoin, posting a 5-4 victory.

The women’s team also opened their weekend with a  9-0 victory over Tufts, but dropped their next three matches. The Colonials fell 8-1 to Bates and 7-2 to Mount Holyoke Saturday, and couldn’t rebound against Bowdoin Sunday, falling 5-4.

This article was updated on Jan. 29, 2011 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly omitted the men’s tennis team’s victory over Old Dominion when summarizing its weekend action. The Colonials earned a 4-3 victory over the Monarchs.

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