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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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Senior Mimi Hamling reaches for a hit at a game against Saint John’s University last season. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nora Princiotti.

The women’s tennis team won when it counted in the first round of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship, beating Saint Joseph’s 4-3 Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Colonials (11-7) eked out a narrow victory against the 11th-seeded Hawks (13-11) in a four-hour battle that came down to the No. 3 singles match.

With the match tied at 3 apiece, senior Mimi Hamling sealed the win for her team by beating Saint Joseph’s Devi Jadeja 6-4, 7-5. This is the second year in a row in which GW has eliminated Saint Joseph’s in the first round.

GW’s next task, a quarterfinal match against third-seeded Massachusetts, started Friday at 1 p.m.  The Minutewomen advanced with a decisive 5-0 sweep over 14th-seeded Dayton. GW last faced Massachusetts in 2008, when the Minutewomen came away with a 6-1 victory.

“The inches will matter today, so our ability to be disciplined in our percentages and shot selection combined with an aggressive mentality in the doubles will be key,” head coach Dawn Buth said.

Against the Hawks, the Colonials secured the doubles point and a 1-0 lead in the Nos. 2 and 3 matches.  GW’s second doubles tandem of senior Dorota Lysenia and freshman Lana Robins cruised to an 8-2 win over Kristina Eisenbrand and Lauren Roy, while the No. 3 freshman duo of Egle Jakuciunaite and Stephanie Wei fought their way to an 8-6 triumph over Jadeja and Kelly Mulquin.

Buth said the girls fed off of each other’s momentum in the win.

“Stephanie’s decisive match at No. 3 gave us immediate momentum. Christie’s win at No. 6 helped Mimi pull out the clinching match,” she said.

Wei rolled to a two-set win over Eisenbrand, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 3 singles, to stretch the Colonials’ lead to 2-0. Freshman Christina Carpenter made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Roy in the No. 6 match, and Hamling sealed the victory in her extra-set win over Jadeja.

A win over Massachusetts would send the Colonials to the semifinals of the A-10 championship for the first time since 2010.

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Correction appended

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nora Princiotti.

The seeds have been set for the 2013 A-10 women’s tennis championship, and the Colonials are ranked sixth overall.

They will play the 11 seed, Saint Joseph’s University in the first round Thursday at 6 p.m. GW faced SJU on Feb. 16th and came away with a 6-1 victory over the Rams.

A-10 newcomer VCU earned the No. 1 seed, followed by Xavier, Massachusetts, reigning champion Richmond, Charlotte, George Washington, Fordham, Saint Louis, Temple, Duquesne, Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island,  Butler, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, and La Salle.

Quarterfinal matches take place Friday and semifinals follow on Saturday. The finals are scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m.

The A-10 championship operates as a four-day, single-elimination format. The winner receives the conference’s automatic bid to play in the NCAA tournament.

The Colonials closed out their regular season 10-7, with a 4-1 record in-conference.

This post was updated April 17, 2013 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet originally reported the match against Saint Joseph’s time as 9 a.m. The Colonials will play Thursday at 6 p.m. 
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Monday, April 8, 2013 4:32 p.m.

Women’s tennis team drops two matches

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Senior Mimi Hamling reaches for a hit at a game against Saint John’s University last season. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Kimberly Shi.

It was a rough weekend for GW’s women’s tennis team. After a convincing win last week against Temple, this weekend saw a back-to-back 5-2 defeats against East Carolina and James Madison, respectively.

When East Carolina visited Friday, the Colonials were unable to defeat the Pirates with their only victories coming from senior Mimi Hamling and freshman Christina Carpenter in the No. 4 and No. 6 singles slots,, and No. 3 freshmen Egle Jakuciunaite and Stephanie Wei in doubles.

The Colonials were edged out in the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 singles and Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. It was a rough match full of dropped sets, but the Colonials looked to James Madison on Saturday to rectify their mistakes.

But this was not to be the case.

The Colonials fell to James Madison on the road at the Dukes’ Hillside Courts. The only victories for GW came in the singles category from Hamling and senior Dorota Lysienia, at No. 3 and 4.

James Madison controlled the doubles matches with the Colonials being edged out across competition.

While it wasn’t the ending the Colonials wanted, they faced minor setbacks before the match this weekend.

“We were not completely healthy, so we had to make a few adjustments to this weekend’s line up to compensate,” head coach Dawn Buth said. “The team practiced and understood the value of being flexible and adaptable, and they did a great job responding. Now we need to move urgently from creating opportunities to capitalizing on opportunities.”

The Colonials have some ground to cover after this weekend, but they host their Atlantic 10 foe Fordham on Saturday. It will be their senior day match and regular season finale.

“I was very proud of the way the team fought on both days this weekend, we simply never gave up. I told the team we need to fight smarter,” Buth said. “We’ve proven we can compete with the top teams, now we have to be courageous in learning from our setbacks, committed to our goals, and disciplined in our execution.”

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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, March 4, 2013 1:20 p.m.

Women’s tennis team sweeps UMES

 

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Senior Mimi Hamling reaches for a hit at a game against Saint John’s University last season. Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nora Princiotti.

GW could not have beaten the University of Maryland Eastern Shore any more decisively Sunday.

The Colonials blanked the Hawks in all six singles and two doubles matches on their way to their second sweep of the season and sixth consecutive win.

Due to inclement weather, the match was moved from the GW tennis courts to an indoor facility at Montclair Country Club in Virginia. Family, friends and alumni created a lively atmosphere and were engaged in the action, as the four-court indoor facility features spectator seating in between two courts.

The Colonials cruised to four 6-0, 6-0 singles victories and won the final two by default. First flight freshman Lana Robins defeated Reine Fowajuh and Stephanie Wei, also a freshman, topped Valentina Collazos in the no. 2 matchup. Then, No. 3 senior Mimi Hamling and no. 4 senior Dorota Lysienia took down their UMES opponents decisively.

GW was equally dominant in doubles play, winning the doubles point with two 8-0 sweeps. The no. 1 pair of Hamling and Robins beat the UMES no. 1 duo of Collazos and Fowajuh and freshman Christina Carpenter partnered with Wei to top Adrams and Jennings.

Head coach Dawn Buth said the team’s success was a result of concentrated effort and efficient play.

“We’ve continued to improve our focus throughout the season, and our players did a nice job of minimizing the free points we gave UMES and keeping their focus throughout the entirety of the singles and doubles matches,” Buth said.

Sunday’s victory came just a day after the Colonials beat the Drexel Dragons 6-1 at the Drexel Armory. Buth will look to take advantage of momentum to keep her squad in the moment as they look forward to a spring break trip to California for matches against Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara.

“Any successful team understands that momentum can also change in an instant so great teams use momentum to their advantage while remaining vigilant,” Buth said. “Our team is taking all the positive pieces of this momentum but staying strictly focused on the process and staying in the present.”

 

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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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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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Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 4:23 p.m.

Colonial sports weekend round-up

Then- sophomore Chelsea Curcio cheers during a softball game last season. Hatchet File Photo

A lot of GW sports teams were in action this weekend, and we didn’t have room to fit all of them on today’s page. Below, a look at how Colonials fared in action, including the third no-hitter in softball program history.

Softball

Freshman Meghan Rico threw just the third no-hitter in softball program history, helping the Colonials blank Seton Hall 8-0 in the team’s season debut. She struck out six and walked four over five innings, becoming the first rookie in GW softball history to throw a no-hitter.

Rico’s efforts were supplemented by hot hitting from the rest of the Colonials, including a 2-for-3 performance, with three RBIs, from sophomore Victoria Valos. Freshman Carlee Gray went 2-for-2, including a double, and senior Autumn Taylor became the eighth player in program history to record 100 career hits and the fifth to reach 60 RBIs.

GW struggled over the rest of the weekend, falling 5-1 to Robert Morris and 11-1 to Campbell. Though junior Courtney Martin struck out a career-high seven batters in the complete game, the Colonials’ offense couldn’t find a rhythm to challenge Robert Morris.

Against Campbell, the Colonials scored their only run on the game after Gray drove in junior Chelsea Lendhart. The loss went to Rico, who allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits and five walks over 2.1 innings.

 

Women’s water polo

The Colonials went 1-2 as they opened their season this weekend, falling 20-6 to No. 10 Princeton and 21-6 to No. 4 California, but defeated Villanova 14-9.

Against Princeton, GW connected on just 6 of 29 shots. It dropped the game despite a hat trick from junior Rachael Bentley, unable to compete with the Tigers’ hot offensive front.

California’s offense, too, proved too strong for the Colonials to handle. Junior Katherine Berry paced GW with two goals, and the team was able to go  2-for-3 on extra-man advantages, but couldn’t overcome the No. 4 ranked team.

GW was able to close the weekend with a win, though, when it took the pool against Villanova. Bentley matched the school records for most assists and points in a game, recording six assists and nine points. Freshmen Hannah Cox and Erin Donoghue added four goals each, and freshman Caterina Sesana had a career-high five saves in goal.

 

Women’s tennis

The Colonials faced two District rivals this weekend, falling 4-3 to Georgetown but rebounding to defeat George Mason 7-0.

Against Georgetown, GW was swept in doubles play, but almost rallied to win enough singles points to take the match. Senior Mimi Hamling took a three-set victory at the No. 3 singles slot, supplemented by freshman Stephanie Wei’s win at the No. 4 spot and senior Dorota Lysienia’s victory at the No. 5 singles position.

GW was much stronger against the Patriots, earning all six of its singles victories in straight sets. The team also claimed all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point, solidly sweeping George Mason over the day’s competition.

 

Men’s tennis

The men’s tennis team upset No. 67 Old Dominion over the weekend, picking up a 4-3 victory Friday afternoon.

The Colonials were defeated at the No. 1 and 2 doubles slot to open competition, putting them in a one-point hole heading into singles play. But the team roared back, taking key singles victories, some in straight sets, to tally a win over Old Dominion.

Freshman Danil Zelenkov came back after dropping the first set of his singles competition to take the match over the next three sets. Senior Alexander Van Gils, junior Nikita Fomin and junior Ulrik Thomsen all took their singles matches in straight sets to cement GW’s win.

 

Squash

Both the men’s and women’s squash teams were in action this weekend, with the men’s squad falling to No. 7 Franklin and Marshall 9-0, while the women’s team took down Franklin and Marshall in their game 8-1.

In its season finale, the men’s squash team couldn’t pick up a win, swept by their rivals. Freshman Reid Breck came close to picking up a point for GW but ultimately dropped a five-set match to his Franklin and Marshall opponent.

Three of the women’s squash match wins were picked up in straight sets, including efforts from freshmen Anna Gabriela Porras, Emely Levyn and Alexa Tzarnas.

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