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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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Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:40 p.m.

Women’s tennis can’t keep up with VCU

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rob Bartnichak.

The women’s tennis team fell to VCU on the road Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center in Richmond, Va., falling by the score of 7-0.

The Rams won all doubles matches to get the early point, and then swept GW in the individual matches. Freshman Taylor Nederlander – competing in the No. 3 spot – would win four games in her match, the most by any Colonial on the day.

The loss brings the Colonials overall record to 4-5 and 2-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Rams came in having lost two straight matches, while GW had won four of its last five, but VCU showed why it was picked to win the A-10 at the start of the season.

“Going into the match, we knew VCU was at a higher level than any team in the conference,” head coach Greg Munoz said. “But I was happy with the way we competed.”

Nederlander lost her match 6-4, 6-1, while senior Leah Pascarella – playing in the No. 1 position – was defeated by No. 72 Cindy Chala 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Lana Robins lost her match 6-0, 6-3, playing in the No.2 slot.

“I enjoyed the way I competed, but I had a lot of frustrating points,” Robins said. “We just need to take advantage of the opportunities and those big points.”

Despite the defeat, both Munoz and his players saw the match as an opportunity to develop. Despite VCU being at a higher level than his team, Munoz recognized that the Rams are also at a higher level than every other team in the conference. In other words, after seeing how his girls played, the score might have come out different today against other A-10 foes.

“I thought that if the women compete like they did today, we’re going to win every match this year,” Munoz said.

The loss to VCU gives GW back-to-back A-10 losses, as they have not won a conference match since defeating Massachusetts and Fordham in the first week of March.

The team is back in play Sunday morning at 11 a.m. on the road against James Madison. The Colonials next conference matchup will be against Duquesne March 30 in Pittsburgh.

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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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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Hassan Haider.

Despite wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, the women’s tennis team dropped to 0-2 Saturday afternoon, falling to Navy in a close 4-3 match.

Senior Leah Pascarella, an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection last season, won in her No. 2 singles match, 2-6, 7-5 (10-4), while sophomore Lana Robins was victorious in the No. 1 singles slot, 6-2, 6-0. Ultimately, though, losses in two of the three doubles matches would do in the Colonials, as they couldn’t grab the vital doubles point.

Senior 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

Taylor Nederlander also won at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 7-5, as did the duo of Grace Egger and Robins in the first doubles match, 6-1.

“I think the slower courts hurt us at No. 2 doubles,” head coach Greg Munoz said. “No. 3 we should have won, but an ankle injury from the Maryland match hurt our chances.”

Pascarella echoed her head coach saying, “the courts did not allow me to play the way I normally do. I had to really focus on being consistent in the second set to get the win.”

Despite starting the season with two losses, Munoz believes that the team is not in trouble.

“These were two tough matches and knowing that Richmond lost 5-0 to Maryland and Georgetown lost 4-3 to Navy shows we are not in bad shape,” Munoz said.

Moving forward, he believes the freshman will play a much larger role in strengthening the team, and made it clear that he will not hesitate to make adjustments to the team’s starting lineup.

“There will be some changes in the singles and doubles lines to give us a more competitive team.”

Looking ahead, the next match for the Colonials will be on Feb. 14 when they face Liberty at the Wheaton Indoor Tennis Center in Maryland.

“We have a already made a lot of progress from our first loss against Maryland two weeks ago,” Pascarella said, “so as long as we continue to work hard and in practice and keep our intensity up, we will be in a good place against Liberty.”

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Leah Pascarella was the Georgetown Classic singles winner this weekend. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ellee Watson.

With two lady Colonials making the finals, the women’s tennis team was guaranteed to come out of the Georgetown Classic this weekend with win a title

Senior Leah Pascarella reclaimed her singles’ title by beating her teammate sophomore Lana Robbins 6-4, 4-6, and 10-5 (in a tiebreak).

“That’s pretty much how it is in practice,” Pascarella said. “We go back and forth all the time. A tie-breaker is really a symbol of how we play because that’s how it would normally be in practice anyway.”

Interim head coach Greg Munoz was not surprised to have two GW women in the final of the tournament spread across three campuses – Georgetown, UVa., and the Mount Vernon Campus.

“They were are top two players last year, and they will be out top two players this year, for sure,” Munoz said.

After going 3-3 at their opening tournament, the Tiger Classic, three weeks ago, the Lady Colonials were warmed up and ready to take the Georgetown Classic. Six players made it into the singles’ Round of 16, three made it into the quarters, and two made it to the finals.

Pascarella took the level of play this weekend as a sign the team could do big things this season.

“It is my last season, and I want to make it my best yet, and this team looks really strong. Probably the strongest team in my four years,” Pascarella said. “So I really think we can do some damage in the conference and even higher than that.”

Also competing under head coach Munoz  this week was the men’s team, who opened up its fall season this weekend with separate tournaments – the Georgetown Classic and The UVA Ranked +1 Tournament.

At the Georgetown Classic, freshman Daniel O’Conner made his debut for the Colonials, earning one of only two GW singles’ win on Friday, winning his match 6-1, 6-2 over Norfolk State University’s Igor Braga.

O’Conner had a similar streak of success in the double tournament, making it all the way to the semi-finals with partner, senior Ulrik Thompsen, after defeating the duo from Christopher Newport 8-3.

“They made a good showing. We used to bring our top players to this tournament, and win every year,” Coach Munoz said, “Now we bring the 5th, 6th, and 7th positions, so making the [semi]final is a big achievement for them.”

The two nationally ranked Colonials, junior Francisco Dias and senior Nikita Fomin, represented GW at The UVA Ranked +1 Tournament and brought along their doubles partners – senior Victor Svensson and sophomore Danil Zelenkov, respectively.

Last year, Fomin won the Gold Singles championship and Dias reached the Orange Singles final before losing to the No. 2 player in the country. This go-round, GW would not fair so well.

Dias, who is ranked No.94 nationally, won his first match 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, but hurt his shoulder in his second and had to forfeit. It was a sign of the overall rough showing the men’s team had at the tournament this year.

Fomin, ranked No.70 heading into the season, lost his first match to North Carolina’s Brett Clark 3-6, 6-7, but bounced back in the back draw bracket to win his next match. Svensson followed suit, losing his first match in three sets, and then coming back to defeat Michigan’s Michael Zhu 7-5, 7-6. Zelenkov would lose both his matches during the tournament.

“It is a ranked tournament, so every match is tough. They did okay. They didn’t win all their matches, but they didn’t lose all of them either,” Coach Munoz said.

 

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jake Deitcher.

Junior Leah Pascarella served during a match played earlier this season. Pascarella and Lana Robins were named to the A-10 All-Conference teams Tuesday. Hatchet File Photo by Becky Crowder | Senior Staff Photographer

After a loss in the A-10 semifinals to UMass, the season may be over for the women’s tennis team, but some Colonials are still racking up honors off the court.

Junior Leah Pascarella and freshman Lana Robins were named to the Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis All-Conference team Tuesday. Pascarella earned a first team bid, while Robins notched second team honors.

“We are very excited for Leah and Lana to receive All-Conference awards,” head coach Dawn Buth said in a release. “We are very proud of all of the hard work Leah has put in during her three years. Lana has also been a tremendous addition to our program as her work ethic and determination are second to none.”

Pascarella has now earned A-10 postseason honors for the third straight year, after being named a member of the second team after both her freshman and sophomore seasons.  Pascarella played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Colonials, finishing the season with a 15-14 singles record and a 7-7 doubles mark.

Pascarella was also named A-10 Co-Performer of the Week on Feb. 27, after her victory over UMBC helped lead GW to its fourth straight victory.

Robins enjoyed a strong debut season as a Colonial, where she posted a 15-11 record from the No. 2 singles position, and an 8-8 record, also from the No.2 doubles slot.  Her three straight doubles victories helped GW take home the Georgetown Fall Classic doubles title this fall.

Together, the pair compiled an overall record of 11-8 and a conference record of 4-1 at the Nos. 1 and 2 singles and doubles slots, respectively.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:56 p.m.

Season ends in A-10 semis for women’s tennis

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nora Princiotti.

The sixth-seeded Colonials rallied hard after falling behind 1-3, but the third-seeded Minutewomen ultimately closed the door on GW’s season, 4-2, Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Championship.

Junior Leah Pascarella serves the ball during a match played earlier this season. Pascarella was one of two Colonials to win her semifinals singles match. Hatchet File Photo by Becky Crowder | Senior Staff Photographer

After sweeping doubles play, Massachusetts held an early lead over GW. Now down 1-3, junior Leah Pascarella and freshman Lana Robins tried to start a Colonials’ comeback, each forcing extra sets after dropping the first set. Pascarella completed her comeback and defeated Sonia Bokhari 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Robins was going strong in her third set against Yuliana Motyl, leading by 5-0, but a UMass victory in the No. 4 spot, clinched a semifinals bid for the Minutewomen. GW’s only other point came by way of freshman Christina Carpenter’s 7-6, 6-2 victory over the Minutewomen’s Chantal Swiszcz in the No. 6 singles.

Despite the season-ending loss, head coach Dawn Buth was proud of her team’s perseverance.

“UMass is well-coached and has played consistently strong doubles this year, but our mental toughness in the singles nearly clinched the match for us,” Buth said.  “Christie and Leah dug down deep with wins at No.1 and No.6 while Lana was up 5-0 in the third set at the No. 2 position.”

The Colonials closed the season with an overall record of 11-8. GW is set to return six of this years players next year, losing only graduating seniors Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysenia.

“I’m very proud of the way our team competed throughout the season and also the way they represented GW,” Buth said. “We are very proud of who this team is and what they have accomplished this year. We’re also very proud of our seniors, Mimi and Dorota, for their leadership and for all they’ve give to GW and to the team in their four years.”

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Sunday, March 31, 2013 7:49 p.m.

Women’s tennis team defeats Temple

Junior Leah Pascarella serves the ball Saturday afternoon during a match played on the Mount Vernon Campus. Becky Crowder | Senior Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Josh Solomon.

The Colonials were finally able to play an outdoor match at home, and it garnered some extra mojo for the team, which captured a victory over A-10 rival Temple for the first time since 2006.

GW (9-5, 3-1) earned a 5-2 victory against the Owls (8-6, 2-2) with aggressive play throughout all of its matches, winning two out of three doubles matches and four out of six singles matches.

“It’s terrific. It’s also another kind of feather in our belt in the A-10 conference so it’s just a nice confidence builder and it’s always great to play on our home court,” head coach Dawn Buth said. “That was just really exciting for us.”

Junior Leah Pascarella and senior Mimi Hamling played an aggressive game, winning their No. 1 doubles match 8-3. They used a strong rally game, as Pascarella blasted the ball past the Temple tandem while Hamling skillfully sliced the ball and used a drop shot to their advantage.

After finishing prior to the beginning of other doubles matches, they motivated their teammates, seeing an opportunity to win the round. The No. 3 matchup shortly ended as the freshmen duo of Christina Carpenter and Stephanie Wei dropped their match to an exhausting 9-7 score. But in the No. 2, senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins battled to win 8-6 to the crowd’s delight.

“We just really focused on bringing our energy level really high,” Buth said. “If you were to replay that match again, you would see our energy way outweigh Temple’s in the first few games, and it made a huge difference.”

In singles play,  Pascarella worked through a 7-5 first set, shouting in triumph on tough points and then cruised through a 6-1 second set as her opponent, junior Alicia Doms, seemed to tire out and became frustrated with her play, slamming her racket at the end of the match.

It turned out to be a clear victory for Pascarella – the first set was not easy, though.

“I knew that [high energy] was something I was going to need to do from the beginning. [Doms is] usually an aggressive player. Today she was staying more consistent. So I knew I was going to have to be the one to be aggressive,” Pascarella said.

Robins won her No. 2 singles match easily to a score of 6-2, 6-4. Meanwhile, Hamling’s No. 4 win secured the team victory as GW went on to watch Carpenter finish out the match and win in a tiebreaker 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6-0), capitalizing on a good showing for the freshmen.

“They’ve been really terrific. Lana’s just been a super consistent performer. Just everyday she’s going to work her tail off and just fight,” Buth said. “Steph’s just a remarkable athlete and has really incredible potential and then Christy at the six spot, again, just fighting her tail off.”

The win over Temple meant a lot to senior Hamling, who said that it’s “very relieving” to finish her time in a Colonial uniform with a victory over the Owels.

Hamling said the victory also signified to the Colonials how important it would be to keep playing with the same intensity as they look forward to another home game against East Carolina, and one more A-10 match against Fordham, before the A-10 championship.

“Just keep it going. Just keep focusing on what I can control, being there for the team and putting all of my energy to everything I got, all of my matches,” Hamling said.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Kimberly Shi.

After experiencing upsets over the last three matches, including a loss on Saturday, GW had a strong finish to the weekend’s play with a 5-2 victory against Morgan State Sunday. Due to impending inclement weather, the match was moved to the indoor Montclair County Club in Virginia.

The Colonials swept doubles play and ended Morgan State’s four-match winning streak in singles play.

“We need to continue on improving and sustaining a level of urgency if we want to accomplish our goals this season,” head coach Dawn Buth said, “We had a strong start this season jumping off to a 7-2 record and our players met as a team last week to identify key areas that needed adjustments

With a triumph in every doubles match, No. 1 tandem of senior Mimi Hamling and junior Leah Pascarella started the trend by coming out on top with an 8-5 win against Mi’Kola Cooper and Chelsi Russell.  Following this was the No. 2 and 3 doubles match, where senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins defeated Jasmine Edwards and Ekaterina Lakovleva 8-2 and Christina Carpenter and Stephanie Wei, a rookie duo, overpowered Arina Alilueva and Margarita Belyakova 8-5.

During the singles play, Robins blanked Mi’Kola Cooper, 6-0, in the first set before Cooper retired. Afterwards, Wei won a three-set victory against Russell with scores of 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, and this was followed by the No. 4 match, where Carpenter blanked Edwards, No. 6, in the first set followed by a 2-0 advantage before Edwards retired.

“We’ve put together a plan to move forward, but in order to meet our short term goals we’ll need absolute commitment from each of our eight team members,” Buth said. “In addition, our upperclassmen will need to understand and prioritize their leadership role as a critical piece of our success.”

It’s going to be a challenging match next week as the Colonials face off against Temple, their Atlantic 10 foe, Saturday.

“Temple is ranked 4 in the pre-season A-10 polls,” Buth said. “We have a great opportunity this Saturday to gain footing in the top of the conference. We’ll be focusing on movement, defensive conversions and creating competitive and high urgency practice environments. “

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Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 9:01 p.m.

Weekend Wrap-up

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

Men’s Squash

The Colonials went into play at the College Squash Association Team Nationals looking to defend their championship title from last year.

In its first matchup of the weekend, GW scratched away a 5-4 victory over No.23 Hamilton. The team picked up straight set wins from freshman James Reiss at the No.3 position and junior Chris Bell at the No.9 to jump out to an early lead.  With the score tied late 4-4 though, it was senior Omar Sobhy’s win at the No.1 position that ultimately clinched the match for the Colonials.

In Saturday’s semi-final match against host Wesleyan, the Colonials ended on the opposite side of a close match, falling to the Cardinals 5-4.  Reiss and freshman Reid Breck again picked up early wins, and heading into the final two matches, the Colonials held a 3-2 advantage. But two five-set losses ended GW’s shot at a repeat and instead sent the Cardinals to thecChampionship match.

Looking to rebound in Sunday’s season ending match, the Colonials defeated Bowdoin, 5-4, giving them third place in the Championships and a final national ranking of No.20.  For the third straight day Sobhy won his No.1 position, this time again to close out the match for GW.  The win brings his senior year record to 18-3 and brings his career wins total to 58- the all-time high at GW.

Breck, too, finished out the weekend undefeated, bringing his debut season victory tally to 19, the most on the team.

 

Women’s Tennis

The Colonials won their fourth straight match over the weekend, defeating UMBC 5-2 on Sunday.

GW grabbed the first point of the match with wins at the No.1 and No.2 doubles slots.  Senior Mimi Hamling and Leah Pascarella defeated their No.1 opponents 8-1, while senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins grabbed a comeback 8-5 victory at the No.2.

In singles action, the Colonials took home wins in the Nos. 1-4 spots, quickly closing out the match.  Pascarella continued her dominance, giving up only a single set in her 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No.1 position.

 

Men’s Tennis

GW defeated two nationally ranked opponents this weekend, dominating No. 61 South Alabama by a score of 6-1, and then defeating No. 60 Georgia State, 4-2.

In doubles action against South Alabama, junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Glis combined for a 8-3 victory at the No.1 spot, while sophomore Francisco Dias and senior Leonardo Lapentti earned a hard-fought 9-7 victory in the No.3 position.

Dias moved on to win his No.1 singles match 6-4, 6-4 over No.49 ranked David Leitner.  The rest of the Colonials went on to win four out of the remaining five singles matches, including a 6-2, 6-2 win from freshman Danil Zelenkov and a 6-0, 6-2 win from Thomsen in the final match.

Sunday’s match against Georgia State opened differently, with the six singles matches going first.  Junior Nikita Fomin defeated his No.2 opponent 6-3, 6-0, while Zelenkov and Thomsen also captured victories again.  In a down to the wire finale, Lapentti won his No.5 position by a score of 7-6, 7-5, closing out the win for the Colonials.

GW will faced another ranked opponent next weekend in a rematch against No.46 Columbia.

 

Women’s Water Polo

The Colonials went 3-1 over weekend action, dropping their first match to Wagner before bouncing back for three straight wins against Villanova, Siena and Iona.

In their first match of the CWPA/MAAC Crossover, GW let Wagner get out to a commanding 5-1 lead and never pulled within closer of three goals, as they fell 15-10.

The Colonials found their groove in the next match against Villanova, matching a school record for goals scored as they defeated the Wildcats, 23-18.  Junior Megan Brolley also matched the program’s mark for points in a game, tallying nine points on six goals and three assists.  In addition to Brolley’s contributions, freshman Hannah Cox recorded a career-high five goals and sophomore Meagan Moreland grabbed a career-best six points on four goals and two assists.  For the game, the Colonials went 9-of-11 on man-up opportunities.

In the second day of action, GW jumped out to a 7-1 lead against Siena, eventually extending it to a 10-1 margin, before reaching the final score of 11-7.  Cox scored a team best four goals in the game, while sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander had seven saves in three quarters of play.

In a much more contested match against Iona, the Colonials outscored the Gaels 4-1 in the final period to break a 9-9 tie and grab the win 13-10.  Cox again led the team with five goals, while junior Katherine Berry recorded a hat trick.

Cox finished the weekend with 18 goals, making up almost a third of the Colonial’s offensive attack.

 

Gymnastics

Despite finishing in fourth place at Maryland’s quad meet this past weekend, the Colonials posted a season-high team score, 194.825, as well as a season-high score in floor exercise, 49.100.

Host Maryland took the event with a score of 195.600, followed by Bridgeport (195.200) and Pittsburgh (194.875).

In addition to the two season-high marks, the Colonials also matched their best marks of the season on uneven bars, 48.675, and vault, 48.650.

Junior Betsy Zander placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 39.075- only her second time breaking 39.000 this season.  Sophomore Courtney Willoughby tied for 10th on the balance beam with 9.700, and then went on to post a career-high 9.85p on floor exercise to earn herself fourth place.

Senior Stephanie Stoicovy also placed fifth behind Zander in the all-around with 38.825.

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