Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Gymnastics Closes Home Weekend at Home on Monday Night, Squash Celebrates Senior Day on Friday, Men's and Women's Tennis Hit The Road
Feb. 7, 2013
The George Washington gymnastics team returns home for the first time since January 13 to host their annual Pink Meet against East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival North Carolina and William & Mary on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center.
The Colonials are coming off their best meet of the season in which they set season-highs on the vault and balance beam while posting their highest team score (194.750) since the 2009 season.
Senior Stephanie Stoicovy earned GWSports.com's Colonial of the Week for the second time this season after placing second in the all-around with a career-high 39.000. Stoicovy has placed on the all-around podium in each of the seasons first four meets.
Monday marks the third of five meets that will feature both the Colonials and Tar Heels this season. GW edged out UNC in the Lindsey Ferris Invitational for first place on January 13 but the Tar Heels rebounded on January 20 to finish in first place at their own tri-meet. The Colonials finished in third place in that meet, which also featured William & Mary.
WOMEN'S SQUASH - @GWSquash
The No. 13 George Washington women's squash team closes out its regular-season schedule by hosting No. 14 Franklin & Marshall on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
The Colonials will head to New Haven, Conn., next weekend for the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals. Last season, the Colonials won their second Walker Cup (C-Division) title in program history.
As of today, the Colonials are slated to move up and compete in the Kurtz Cup (B-Division), based on their No. 13 national ranking.
MEN'S SQUASH - @GWSquash
The No. 17 George Washington men's squash team will honor three seniors and close out its regular season when its hosts No. 7 Franklin & Marshall Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
GW (10-8) will honor seniors Omar Sobhy, Sam Ehrlich and Player Haynes, who have combined for 125 individual victories and one individual championship (Sobhy) over the past three seasons, prior to the start of Friday's match.
Breck currently leads the Colonials with 16-2 individual record with Sobhy right behind at 15-2.
The Colonials are preparing to defend their Summers Cup (C-Division) title at the the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals, scheduled for February 22-24 in New Haven, Conn.
MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis
The George Washington men's tennis team hits the road for the first time this season when the squad travels to No. 67 Old Dominion on Friday. The regional match between the Colonials and the nationally-ranked Monarchs at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center is set to begin at 1 p.m.
GW (1-1) is coming off of a 4-3 win over East Carolina last Friday - its first of the season. After earning the doubles point the Colonials went on to post victories at the Nos. 3, 4 and 6 singes potions to hand the Pirates their first loss of the season.
After helping lift the Buff and Blue to victory with No. 2 doubles and No. 3 singles wins, freshman Danil Zelenkov was named the Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Rookie Performer of the Week.
Old Dominion (4-2) is coming off a 4-3 upset win over then-No. 27 Harvard on Sunday. The Monarchs are now ranked No. 67 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). In what will be a battle of two Atlantic Region teams, both programs enter Friday's match with regionally ranked players. Sophomore Francisco Dias, the No. 76 player in the country, and junior Nikita Fomin, the No. 96 player, are also the No. 10 and 11 singles competitors in the Atlantic Region, respectively. Additionally, Fomin and doubles partner Zelenkov are the No. 9 pair in the region.
ODU's Carlos Lopez Villa, who is 6-0 at No. 1 singles on the season, is the No. 18 singles player in the Atlantic Region. The Monarchs also have two regionally ranked doubles teams in Lopez Villa and Can Cetinal at No. 5 and Wesley Barrett and Tim Schweig at No. 6.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - @GW_Tennis
The George Washington women's tennis team will compete in two separate matches this weekend in the Washington, D.C. area. The Colonials head to cross-town rival Georgetown on Saturday at 3 p.m., before hosting George Mason at the Montclair Country Club in Montclair, Va., on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
GW (1-1) is coming off its first win of the 2013 season with a 5-2 victory over Howard on Saturday at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The Colonials claimed the doubles point with a sweep of their opponents before earning victories at the Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 singles positions. Freshman Lana Robins leads the Buff and Blue with an unblemished mark of 2-0 at the No. 2 singles position on the year.
Georgetown (3-1) went 2-0 last weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa., against Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne (7-0) and fellow Big East member Pittsburgh (5-2). Madeline Jaeger paces the Hoyas with a 3-1 singles mark while teammate Sophie Panarese is 2-0 in singles play.
George Mason (1-3) split last weekend's action as the squad defeated Morgan State, 5-2, for its first victory of 2013, then was blanked by Navy, 7-0.