Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview

Senior Alexander van Gils

Jan. 31, 2013


The No. 17 George Washington men's squash team returns to action with a Saturday matinee against No. 21 Drexel at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.

GW (9-7) picked up two wins over Johns Hopkins and Maryland last weekend to snap its six-match losing streak.

Freshman Reid Breck was named's Colonial of the Week on Tuesday for the second time this season after picking up a pair of victories to raise his season record to 14-2. He is joined in double-figure wins by senior Omar Sobhy (13-2) and classmate James Reiss (10-6).


The No. 13 George Washington women's squash team welcomes No. 21 Drexel to the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

GW (8-6) snapped its four-match slide with a pair of dominant wins over Johns Hopkins and Bucknell last weekend, winning all matches in straight sets.

Freshman Anna Gabriela Porras leads the team with a 10-4 record, with all of her wins coming from the No. 1 position on the ladder. Senior Maya Nair and freshman Alexa Tzarnas are tied for second with eight wins apiece. A trio of Colonials - freshmen Sarah Allen and Emely Levyn along with junior Kelly Barnes - are right behind with seven wins each.

MEN'S TENNIS - @GWMensTennis

The George Washington men's tennis team returns to action on Friday, Feb. 1, when the squad welcomes East Carolina to the Regency Sport and Health Club in McLean, Va., for an 11 a.m. match. Directions to the Regency Sport and Health Club can be found here.

The Colonials (0-1) look to bounce back from a season-opening loss to No. 70 Cornell on Saturday at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. Despite opening the match by claiming the doubles point, GW was not able to secure the singles victories and fell to its nationally ranked opponent, 6-1.

The No. 1 duo of junior Ulrik Thomsen and senior Alexander van Gils defeated the Big Red's Patrick Fiaux and Venkat Iyer, 8-5, while junior Nikita Fomin and freshman Danil Zelenkov teamed up to beat Jason Luu and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen, 8-3, in the No. 2 match.

East Carolina (3-0) is coming off a 2-0 weekend of action in which the Pirates downed Norfolk State (6-1) and Longwood (7-0). Three ECU players have unblemished singles records through the Pirates' three matches - No. 1 Joran Vliegen, No. 4 Damien Brenard and No. 5 Colin Roller.

GW enters the match with two nationally ranked top-100 players in No. 76 sophomore Francisco Dias and No. 96 Fomin, both of whom were seeded in the first Campbell/ITA Division I Men's National Singles Rankings of the season.


The George Washington women's tennis team welcomes district foe Howard to the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 2, for a 5:30 p.m. match. Directions to the Army Navy Country Club can be found here.

The Buff and Blue look to rebound from their season-opening 5-2 loss at Old Dominion on Saturday. GW (0-1) posted victories at the Nos. 2 and 4 singles positions from freshmen Lana Robins and Stephanie Wei, respectively. Robins earned a three-set victory over the Monarchs' Nikol Hristova by scores of 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, and Wei earned a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Juliana Pires.

Howard (0-2) is coming off of a 7-0 loss to Maryland on Tuesday. The Bison also fell to Old Dominion, 6-1, in their season opener on Jan. 19. Katelyn Stokes is the lone Howard player to tally a win on the year after earning a 7-5, 7-5 victory over the Monarchs' Diana Ivanova at the No. 1 singles position.

GYMNASTICS - @GWGymnastics

The George Washington gymnastics team will conclude its three-meet road swing on Sunday afternoon in Durham, N.H., as the Colonials compete in a tri-meet with East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival New Hampshire and Yale at Lundholm Gymnasium at 1 p.m.

GW (4-4, 1-1 EAGL) set season-highs in total points (193.875), vault (48.600) and balance beam (48.100) en route to a third-place finish at last weekend's tri-meet against No. 23 Kent State and Western Michigan.

Senior Stephanie Stoicovy earned a spot on the all-around podium for the third week in a row to start the season, scoring 38.925 for second place overall. Junior Betsy Zander joined her on the podium in third place with 38.900.

Stoicovy currently ranks sixth in the Southeast Region on the floor exercise and seventh in the all-around.

Entering the weekend, the Colonials rank third in the EAGL and fifth in the Southeast Region on uneven bars, averaging 48.650 per meet.



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