GW Women's Squash Set for Season Opener
Nov. 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's squash team, coming off its second College Squash Association Walker Cup (C-Division) Championship in three years, will open the 2012-13 season on Friday afternoon against District rival Georgetown at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center at 5:30 p.m.
The Colonials will host an all-time high seven matches at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center. Facility upgrades over the summer include bleacher-style seating and a new electronic scoring system.
After hosting Georgetown on Friday, the Colonials will also host Bates College (Nov. 17), Penn (Nov. 17), Princeton (Dec. 8), California (Jan. 26), Johns Hopkins (Jan. 27), Drexel (Feb. 2) and Franklin & Marshall (Dec. 8).
GW has a difficult schedule ahead with eight matches against teams that finished in the top-15 of the College Squash Association end-of-season rankings, including four of the top five teams.
Wendy Lawrence enters her third season at the helm of the GW women's squash program. She will oversee a large roster of 14 student-athletes - which includes the largest recruiting class in program history with five freshmen.
Shea and Nair each tied for the team lead with 12 individual victories last season. Shea is currently tied for GW's all-time career victories lead with 25 victories through her first two seasons and will be a fixture in the top third of the lineup this year. Nair is right behind Shea with 24 career victories while Barnes has posted 23 wins in her first two seasons. Barnes will be a fixture in the top three while Nair will anchor the middle of the ladder for the Colonials.
Other players returning for their junior seasons are Adriana Calderon, Elizabeth Tapley and Becca Imrich. Calderon posted 11 victories in her first season at GW while Tapley has combined for 23 wins through her first two seasons. Imrich, who posted 11 victories last season, is studying abroad and will rejoin the team in the spring.
The largest recruiting class in program history, consisting of five freshmen, will round out the 2012-13 roster.
The class is headlined by Anna Gabriela Porras, who joins GW as the highest-rated recruit in GW history. A member of the Colombian National Team, she was the 2012 Gold Medal winner at the South American Junior Championships. Porras played at The English School in Bogota, Colombia and was voted the best Columbian junior three times. Porras is expected to open the season in the No. 1 position on the ladder.
Emely Levyn comes to GW as the 27th-ranked U-19 player in the country. She played scholastically at Lower Merion High School and is a native of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Alexa Tzarnas boasts an impressive tournament record as the No. 62 ranked player in U.S. High School squash. She improved her ranking nearly 30 spots during her scholastic career at The Baldwin School (Pa.).