Colonials Athletics Weekend Preview
Men's and Women's Squash Host Senior Day on Saturday; Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Tennis Hit Road
Feb. 3, 2012
A preview of George Washington's athletic events this weekend. The Colonials' men's and women's squash teams will close out the 2011-12 regular season with Senior Day on Saturday while the gymnastics, men's and women's tennis teams hit the road.
For a schedule of all GW Varsity Athletic events, check out the Super Scoreboard.
The George Washington gymnastics team will compete in its third of six consecutive road meets, and second straight against an EAGL rival, when it visits Pittsburgh at Fitzgerald Field House for a quad meet with Rutgers and William & Mary on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Colonials are coming off their best performance of the season after scoring season-high scores in all events on their way to a second-place finish in a tri-meet at West Virginia with Towson.
A number of Colonials' gymnasts had strong performances at the WVU tri-meet, led by junior Stephanie Stoicovy, who medaled in the all-around for the third consecutive week with a third-place total of 38.550.
Redshirt junior Monique Blount delivered the best routine of her career on the balance beam with a 9.800, while freshman Elena Corcoran and sophomore Kiera Kenney set season-high scores on the vault and uneven bars, respectively.
Corcoran continued to impress in her rookie season, landing a 9.800 on vault to take fourth place. Kenney, a 2011 All-EAGL performer on bars, scored 9.725 for fourth place.
The No. 18 George Washington men's squash team will conclude its 2011-12 regular season by hosting a doubleheader at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. The Colonials will host Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins in the final home matches for seniors Jose Calderon, Brett Feldman and Adam Pistel.
GW (10-8) is coming off a successful weekend at the Maine Round Robin, playing to a 3-1 record with wins over No. 19 Bowdoin (5-4), Tufts (9-0) and Boston College (9-0).
Juniors Islam El-Fiky and Omar Sobhy led the Colonials with four individual victories apiece. El-Fiky was especially impressive with all four of his wins coming in straight sets while allowing just 5.6 points per game over the weekend.
Following this weekend the Colonials will prepare for the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals in Princeton, N.J., Feb. 17-19. Individual Nationals will take place in Amherst, Mass., March 2-4.
The No. 19 George Washington women's squash team will close out the 2011-12 season with a trio of matches at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts. The Colonials will host Virginia on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a Saturday doubleheader against Vanderbilt (1 p.m.) and Bucknell (4 p.m.)
GW (7-9) defeated No. 23 Tufts, 9-0, on Jan. 29 at the Maine Round Robin but then lost three in a row and seven of their last nine heading into this weekend's regular-season finale.
Sophomore Maya Nair leads the Colonials with nine individual victories on the season. She has proven to be versatile in the lineup, recording four wins at No. 8, three wins at No. 7 and two wins at No. 6.
Following this weekend the Colonials will prepare for CSA Team Nationals in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 24-26. Individual Nationals will take place in Amherst, Mass., March 2-4.
The George Washington men's tennis team continues its road stand this weekend with three contests in two days in Philadelphia, Pa. The Colonials first face Ivy League foe Penn on Saturday, Feb. 4, before opening Atlantic 10 play with matches against Temple and Saint Joseph's on Sunday, Feb. 5.
GW posted a 3-1 record last weekend, including its first-ever win over Old Dominion, to open the 2012 spring campaign. The Colonials defeated the Monarchs, 4-3, on Friday afternoon before heading to William & Mary for the Tribe Invitational. Competing in four matches in three days got the best of the Buff and Blue, as it fell to Dartmouth (4-2), William and Mary (4-1) and Iowa (4-2).
Penn opened its spring season with a 4-3 victory over Navy in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday. The Quakers return home to host the Colonials on Saturday for the first of four straight matches inside Levy Pavilion.
Temple kicked off its spring season with a 4-3 win over Binghamton on Sunday, while Saint Joseph's dropped back-to-back contests to open its season, losing to Navy, 5-2, and UMBC, 6-0.
GW faces Penn at Levy Pavilion at 2 p.m. The Colonials then open A-10 action at Temple's Arthur Ashe Tennis Center on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 4 p.m. match against Saint Joseph's at the Riverside Racquet and Fitness Club.
The George Washington women's tennis team travels to Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 4 for a rescheduled match with Old Dominion. Action is slated for 10 a.m. at the Monarchs' Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Colonials opened their 2012 spring season with a convincing 7-0 sweep of Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. Sophomore Leah Pascarella - the reigning Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week - and senior Zoe Krohn, and doubles partners Krohn and junior Mimi Hamling, and Pascarella and sophomore Isabella Escobar, held their opponents scoreless.
Old Dominion opened the season with two wins - 4-3 over Howard, and 7-0 over Norfolk State.
GW and ODU have not faced off since the 2009 season, when the Monarchs came away with a 7-0 victory.