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 - After reaching the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship for three straight years, the George Washington women's tennis team was predicted to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll as voted on by the league's 16 head coaches.

A-10 newcomer VCU was selected to finish atop the conference after claiming two Colonial Athletic Conference Championships in the past three seasons and making their 13
th NCAA appearance last spring. Four-time defending champion Richmond was predicted to finish second, followed by Massachusetts in third and Temple in fourth. Charlotte was selected to finish fifth and Xavier was picked sixth, followed by GW in seventh, Saint Louis in eighth and Fordham in ninth. Duquesne (10th), Rhode Island (11th), A-10 newcomer Butler (12th), Saint Joseph's (13th), Dayton (14th) St. Bonaventure (15) and La Salle (16th) round out the preseason poll.

In last year's A-10 Championship, GW dropped the quarterfinal round match to eventual champion Richmond. The Colonials and the Spiders are not unfamiliar opponents in the league tournament as GW fell to Richmond in both the 2010 title match and the 2011 quarterfinals.

The Buff and Blue lost three players to graduation last spring and return four letterwinners from the 2011-12 squad in two-time All-Conference Second Team selection junior Leah Pascarella, classmate Isabella Escobar and seniors Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysienia. The Colonials welcome four freshmen to the lineup in Christina Carpenter, Egle Jakuciunaite, Lana Robins and Stephanie Wei.

GW kicks off its 2013 spring campaign on the road with a 1 p.m. match at Old Dominion on Saturday, Jan. 26.

2013 A-10 Women's Tennis Predicted Order of Finish
1. VCU
2. Richmond
3. Massachusetts
4. Temple
5. Charlotte
6. Xavier
7. George Washington
8. Saint Louis
9. Fordham
10. Duquesne
11. Rhode Island
12. Butler
13. Saint Joseph's
14. Dayton
15. St. Bonaventure
16. La Salle

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