No. 14 GW Women's Squash Opens Season Friday Against Georgetown
Expectations are High For Deep Roster
Nov. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 14 George Washington women's squash team will open its 2013-14 campaign against Georgetown on Friday afternoon at 6 p.m. at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts at Lerner Health & Wellness Center.
GW enters the season as the No. 14-ranked team in the College Squash Association (CSA) Preseason Poll. GW finished last season ranked 14th after competing in the Kurtz Cup (B-Division) at the CSA Team Nationals.
"This team is the deepest and strongest team that we have had in program history," said Head Coach Wendy Lawrence. "I am fully expecting us to break into the top-10 of the CSA rankings this season. Publications around the collegiate squash world have GW flagged as the up-and-coming team this year and we are very excited to prove that we are just that."
Anna Gabriela Porras returns for her sophomore season following an incredible freshman campaign. She won 16 matches with 15 wins coming in straight sets and was named a College Squash Association All-American, the first player in GW squash history (male or female) to garner the honor. She will open the season as the No. 1 player on the ladder.
"Anna had a phenomenal freshman year," said Coach Lawrence. "She has had a long training summer and played for the Colombian National Team in September. She comes into this season considerably stronger than when she left us in May. She has also taken on a leadership role this year and has become more vocal but also leads by example with her work ethic. She practices with both the women's and men's team so her hard work has rubbed off on everybody."
Two newcomers will occupy the No. 2 and No. 3 positions in the opening weekend. Freshman Breanne Flynn will open the season at No. 2 while sophomore Alejandra Porras will begin her debut season at No. 3.
Flynn is a seasoned player from Dublin, Ireland, who has a bevy of tournament experience from her junior career. Porras is a transfer from Bogota, Colombia, and the older sister of Anna Gabriela Porras.
Familiar faces will occupy Nos. 4-8 on the ladder, a trait that will benefit the Colonials in the long run according to Coach Lawrence.
Senior Kelly Barnes has totaled 33 victories in her first three seasons at GW. She is followed by sophomore Alexa Tzarnas at No. 5, sophomore Emely Levyn at No. 6, senior Jackie Shea at No. 7 and senior Elizabeth Tapley at No. 8.
"We have a lot of poise and excellent leadership in the bottom portion of our ladder and this has been very helpful to our newcomers during preseason training," said Coach Lawrence. "With such talented freshmen and the experience we already have, it is a formula for having a very strong team this season."
Sophomore Eunice Tan will open the season at No. 9 on the ladder.
Rounding out the roster are seniors Becca Imrich, Adriana Calderon and Catherine Ehrlich and freshmen Mehak Chawla and Jessica Perkins. All of whom are expected to see time in the bottom portion of the ladder during the course of the season.
Projected Ladder(as of 11/7)