Women's Tennis Drops Season Opener to Old Dominion, 6-1

Jan. 22, 2005

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - The George Washington University women's tennis team fell to Old Dominion, 6-1, in its season opener on Friday, Jan. 21, at the Center Court Racket Club in Newport News. Freshman Kendall Swenson (Shaker Heights, OH) secured the Colonials' lone point at No. 3 singles with a three-set victory.

ODU took an early 1-0 lead in the contest by sweeping all three doubles matches. Sophomore Anne Watkins (Naples, FL) and freshman Michelle Alexander (Charlotte, NC) kept it close at No. 3, but eventually fell 8-6 to Linda Garder and Barbara Kerner.

In singles play, Swenson dropped the first set, 2-6, to Fernanda Luiz at No. 3, but rallied to win the next two sets, 6-4 and 6-1, respectively, for the win. Junior Anastasia Skavronskaia (Miami, FL) extended the Monarchs' Kerstin Endlich to three sets at No. 1, before falling 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

GW returns to action when it hosts Richmond on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 12:30 p.m. at the Montclair Country Club in Montclair, VA.

1, Endlich/Luiz (ODU) d. Skavronskaia/Simunic (GW), 8-3
2, Santos/Costa (ODU) d. Swenson/Bode (GW), 8-4
3, Garder/Kerner (ODU) d. Watkins/Alexander (GW), 8-6

Singles 1, Kerstin Endlich (ODU) d. Anastasia Skavronskaia (GW), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 2, Larissa Santos (ODU) d. Sandra Simunic (GW), 6-2, 6-2 3, Kendall Swenson (GW) d. Fernanda Luiz (ODU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 4, Barbara Costa (ODU) d. Michelle Alexander (GW), 6-1, 6-4 5, Barbara Kerner (ODU) d. Natasha Bode (GW), 6-1, 6-0 6, Linda Garder (ODU) d. Tracy Stecko (GW), 2-6, 7-5(1)



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