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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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Monday, April 23, 2012 5:38 p.m.

Colonials sports weekend wrap-up

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

We did not have room on the sports page today for all of the weekend’s contests, but here’s a look at how the Colonials fared:

Women’s tennis
GW traveled to the Atlantic 10 tournament as the No. 6 seed over the weekend, defeating No. 11 Saint Joseph’s in the first round Thursday with a 4-0 win. But the Colonials fell to No. 3 Richmond in the quarterfinals Friday 4-1.

The Colonials took the doubles point Friday, earning victories from senior Zoe Krohn and junior Mimi Hamling and seniors Jacqueline Corba and Meg Tyner. But the Spiders nabbed wins at the Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 singles slots to cement their victory, ending GW’s season. The Colonials finished with a 16-7 overall record, including 3-3 in Atlantic 10 play.

Women’s lacrosse
The Colonials fell to Duquesne 15-10 Friday, but returned Sunday to defeat St. Bonaventure 17-11 and clinch the program’s first Atlantic 10 tournament berth since 2009.

GW scored four of the final five goals in Friday’s contest, but was unable to answer the Dukes’ 10 first-half goals for the victory. Senior Sarah Phillips scored a game-high six points, pushing her into first place in the program’s all-time career points list, with 212 points. Senior Megan Seidman added five points with four goals and an assist, and junior Nicole Lacey added two points and five draw controls.

The Colonials will be the No. 4 seed in the A-10 tournament after defeating the Bonnies Sunday, with both Phillips and Seidman netting seven points each. Phillips continued her record-setting weekend by tying the program record for most points in a single season, 79, with Sunday’s total.

GW trailed for most of the first period Sunday but went on a six-goal run over the two halves to take control of the game. The Colonials scored five of the game’s final seven goals to cement their victory and junior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made 12 saves to secure the win.

Rowing
Women’s crew advanced three teams to the medal in the Grand Finals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships over the weekend, while the men’s rowing team nabbed seven first-place finishes, including two gold medals, at the SIRA championships.

The women’s rowing team’s Varsity 8, JV 8 and Varsity 4 all rowed Sunday at the Grand Finals. The Varsity 8 fell by 2.7 seconds in the Grand Final to Grand Valley State, after turning in a top preliminary time Saturday. The Varsity 4 echoed the Varsity 8′s impressive outing Saturday in preliminary rounds and took third place in the Grand Final behind winner Nova Southeastern and runner-up K-State. The JV8 won a Sunday semifinal to advance to the Grand Final where they took second place behind K-State.

On the men’s crew’s side, the Varsity 8 and Freshman 8 won gold medals in Sunday’s Grand Finals. The Varsity 8 were in a stroke-for-stroke sprint with Virginia in the Grand Final over the final 250 meters but GW ultimately pulled ahead by just three-tenths of a second. The Freshman 8 also claimed a gold medal in the Grand Final, edging second-place Marietta by 1.3 seconds.

Men’s golf
The golf team earned a second place finish of 20 teams at the two-day, 36-hole Navy Spring Invitational Sunday, finishing with a two-round score of 29-over par 597.

Senior Martin Liu paced GW with a second-place personal finish out of a field of 111 golfers, shooting a two-round score of 2-over 144. Freshman Jack Persons was next in line, earning a two-round total of 9-over 151 to tie for 13th place.

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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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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.

womens tennis julia blakely

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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Correction appended

The GW women’s tennis team advanced past Xavier, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship early Saturday morning, but fell 4-0 Saturday afternoon to Richmond in the semifinal match.

The match, which was initially scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, was pushed back to roughly 10:30 p.m. due to inclement weather and scheduling conflicts. Because of the late start, the match didn’t finish until after midnight. Sophomore Mimi Hamling and junior Zoe Krohn earned the first point against Xavier, beating their doubles opponent to open play. Junior Jacqueline Corba and senior Jennifer Hirsch followed suit, winning their doubles match to secure the lone doubles point for GW.

The Colonials cemented their victory over Xavier with five straight wins in the singles slots. Hamling and Hirsch picked up singles victories, along with sophomore teammate Dorota Lysienia and freshmen Leah Pascarella and Julia Blakeley.

“It was incredibly exciting,” head coach Dawn Buth said. “It was a long match. Xavier is always really competitive and a really feisty team and its always a dogfight against them.”

The Colonials advanced to the semifinal match against Richmond, a rematch of last year’s A-10 championship finals, and once again, GW found itself unable to defeat the Spiders. Despite Hamling and Krohn opening play by again winning their doubles match, Richmond took the next two matches to earn the doubles point. Blakeley then fell in straight sets in the No. 1 singles match, followed by Lysienia and junior Meg Tyner also losing in straight sets in the No. 5 and 6 singles slots, respectively. Singles matches for Pascarella, Hamling, and Hirsch went unfinished after Richmond clinched the 4-0 victory.

The Colonials faced the Spiders without Corba, their top player, who fell Friday night and was forced to go to the emergency room. Five stitches later, Corba emerged otherwise unharmed, but unable to compete in Saturday’s match.

“I was very proud of the way they competed,” Buth said. “Handling a challenging environment and changing circumstances, they did a great job and  played with their hearts on the line.”

The Colonials will take on either No. 2 seed Temple or No. 3 seed Saint Louis in a third-place match Sunday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m.

“For us, we have something to compete for tomorrow,” Buth said. “Regardless of what match we’re playing, we’re always playing to win, and we’re always playing our hardest.”

This post was updated April 10, 2011 to reflect the following changes:

The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the women’s tennis team beat Xavier in the Atlantic 10 Championship’s opening round and lost to Richmond in the tournament’s quarterfinals. The Colonials beat Xavier in tournament’s quarterfinals and fell to Richmond in the Semifinals.

 

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Both GW tennis teams fell on the road Sunday in a pair of non-conference contests. The women’s tennis team dropped its intra-district meet Wednesday on the road at Howard, 5-2. The Colonials won the doubles point, but the Colonials didn’t fare as well in singles play, dropping all but one singles match to the Bisons. Sophomore Meg Tyner got the lone victory for the Colonials, defeating Howard’s Michele Gee 7-5, 6-4.

The men’s tennis team similarly dropped its road contest Sunday at Eastern Carolina, losing 6-1 to the Pirates. GW’s lone point came at number four singles, where Colonial Chris Kushma defeated Eastern Carolina’s Pablo Nunez Palmieri 6-3, 6-0. The Colonials were swept in all three doubles matches.

Up next for the men’s team will be a home meet against Howard and James Madison on April 9 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The women are back on their home courts next Saturday when they’ll face Atlantic 10 conference foe Temple at 2 p.m.

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Monday, March 1, 2010 1:14 a.m.

Weekend roundup

Because there is only so much room in each issue’s sports page – and because we can’t travel to cover most road games – not everything can make it into print. Here are some roundups of GW teams that were in action this weekend but whose games didn’t make it into Monday’s paper.

Women’s squash
The GW women’s squash team won the Walker Cup as part of the C Division at this weekend’s Howe Cup in New Haven, Conn.

The Colonials beat St. Lawrence 7-2 Friday, Wesleyan 8-1 Saturday, and Vassar College 5-4 Sunday to take the eight-team tournament.

Softball
GW’s softball team dropped four games in two days at this weekend’s UVa Invitational in Newport News, Va. to begin its season 0-4.

The Colonials began by dropping a 9-1 decision to the host Cavaliers Friday, then lost 8-0 against Notre Dame later that day. They met the same two teams in reverse order the next day, losing 12-0 to the Fighting Irish and 6-0 to Virginia.

Sophomore Lauren Wilson hit a solo homerun to drive in GW’s only run of the season in Friday’s loss to Virginia. Wilson also had the Colonials’ lone hit in Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame and one of the team’s four hits in its final game of the event.

GW will play at UMBC Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Men’s tennis
The GW men’s tennis team took a three-day tour of New York this weekend, but didn’t come home with any wins, losing matches at Cornell, Binghamton and Columbia in consecutive days.

The Colonials began their weekend Friday in Ithaca, losing 7-0 to Cornell while losing every match in straight sets. Playing in the No. 6 singles match, junior Arya Vayghan came closest to winning a set, losing his second set on a tiebreak point.

GW met Binghamton the next day and also lost 7-0, though junior Chris Kushma and sophomore Richard Blumenfeld each won sets in their matches.

The team’s final loss came by a 6-1 mark against No. 58 Columbia in New York, N.Y. and proved to be the most productive of its three defeats. Junior Yan Levinski won his No. 1 singles match 6-3, 3-6 (11-9) and GW won one of the three doubles matches when junior Erik Hannah and sophomore Ugur Atalay won the No. 1 doubles match 8-3.

GW will host Radford Saturday at Montclair Country Club in Woodbridge, Va.

Women’s tennis
GW’s women’s tennis team won two 4-3 decisions this weekend, beating the University of Pennsylvania Friday in Philadelphia and upsetting Atlantic 10 favorite Richmond in Woodbridge, Va. Saturday.

Sophomore Zoe Krohn earned the Colonials’ most notable point Friday, winning a three-hour battle in the No. 5 singles match 6-7 (11), 7-5, 7-6 (0). GW and Penn split the event’s six singles points, with Krohn, sophomore Meg Tyner and freshman Mimi Hamling each winning their matches. Krohn and Hamling won their No. 1 doubles match and sophomore Jacqueline Corba and freshman Dorota Lysienia took the No. 2 match.

Corba, Tyner and Hamling won their singles matches against Richmond and GW again prevailed in the doubles competition to decide the match. Krohn and Hamling won their match and junior Jennifer Hirsch and freshman Sasha Gluck won theirs as well.

The Colonials will meet Columbia Friday in College Park, Md. and then host Saint Joseph’s Saturday in their first event of the year at the Mount Vernon Tennis Courts. Saturday’s event is set to start at 1 p.m.

Women’s gymnastics
Despite posting a season-high team score for the second time in three meets, GW’s women’s gymnastics team lost at Towson by a score of 193.450 to 192.050.

Junior Leslie Delima scored a team-best 38.775 in the all-around competition and led the team on the floor exercise with a 9.875 score. Freshman Kayla Carto set a new personal best with an all-around score of 38.500. Senior Megan Quinn was next among Colonials with an all-around score of 38.300 and led GW on the balance beam with a 9.750 score.

GW will travel to a four-team meet at Pittsburgh Friday and then host William & Mary and New Hampshire in Capital Area Girl Scout Day Sunday at 1 p.m.

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