Lisa B. Shafran, a four-year tennis standout and letterwinner ('91-94 and '96), is the first women's tennis player to be elected to the University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In a women's tennis program that began in 1975, she is the winningest women's player in GW history with 82 singles victories in 107 matches. Shafran played at No. 1 singles in every match during her illustrious GW career!
As a four-year captain the team, Shafran was a key player for the most successful women's tennis teams (to date) when the 1992 and '93 Colonials, coached by Joe Mesmer, earned back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference women's championships. In '92, Shafran, 25-4 in singles, was ranked 73rd in the nation and earned A-10 Freshman of the Year honors as well as being a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection in both singles and doubles. She and her teammates posted a 20-3 dual meet season enroute to the '92 conference crown. She improved as a sophomore in '93, finishing 30-4 in singles and moving up to No. 46 in the nation. Again the team won the A-10 title and she earned first team all-conference in both singles and doubles.
As a junior, Shafran suffered a shoulder injury, but still posted a 15-9 singles record and led the team back to the Atlantic 10 Conference finals in '94; this time, however, GW was runnerup to Temple. Despite earning first team all-conference in both singles and doubles in the spring, she had reconstructive surgery on her right shoulder in August of '94. Sitting out her fourth year, she competed in her fifth year, notching a 12-9 singles record while playing a limited schedule. As a senior, she was named to the 1996 GTE CoSIDA Academic All-America third team with a 3.93 GPA.
Shafran, 29, a native of Oceanside, N.Y., graduated from GW in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a year later, while playing her fourth year for the Colonials, she earned a her MBA from the University. Now residing in New York City, she has been a project manager at McKinsey & Co., a New York consulting firm, since 1998.
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