March 2, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – The George Washington women’s tennis team won its fifth consecutive match on Saturday as the squad cruised to a 6-1 road victory over Drexel at the Drexel Armory.
The Colonials (6-2) claimed the doubles point and won five of six singles matches en route to their fifth straight win.
"Drexel is a tough team and our player did a great job of competing on a tricky court surface with an unusual three-court set up today," head coach Dawn Buth said. "We are learning how to hold and be accountable for our own lineup spot, and we will take this into Sunday's match."
GW opened the match with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to take the advantage into singles play. The No. 2 duo of senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins earned an 8-5 decision over Drexel’s Emma Brook and Nicole Pivonka, marking the pair’s sixth win in its last seven outings. The No. 3 team of junior Isabella Escobar and freshman Stephanie Wei defeated Alex Bell and Aysenil Orhon, 8-4.
In singles action, Hamling and Lysienia paced GW as they downed their respective opponents in straight sets. At the No. 4 spot Hamling earned a, 6-4, 6-3, win over Brook, and Lysienia defeated Bell, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 4 match.
After dropping the first set of her No. 1 singles match, 3-6, to the Dragons’ Zeynep Mafa, junior Leah Pascarella bounced back to earn the victory in the final two sets by scores of 6-4, 6-3. At the No. 2 spot Robins defeated Pivonka, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8) and Escobar claimed the No. 6 spot over Orhon by set scores of 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6).
GW looks to extend its win streak to six when the Colonials welcome nearby UMES to the Montclair Country Club in Montclair, Va., on Sunday for a 6:30 p.m. contest.
George Washington 6, Drexel 1
No. 1 – Leah Pascarella (GW) def. Zeynep Mafa (DU) – 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 – Lana Robins (GW) def. Nicole Pivonka (DU) – 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8)
No. 3 – Marcela Rosales (DU) def. Stephanie Wei (GW) – 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 – Mimi Hamling (GW) def. Emma Brook (DU) – 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 – Dorota Lysienia (GW) def. Alex Bell (DU) – 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 – Isabella Escobar (GW) def. Aysenil Orhon (DU) – 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6)
No. 1 – Zeynep Mafa/Marcela Rosales (DU) def. Mimi Hamling/Leah Pascarella (GW) – 8-5
No. 2 – Dorota Lysienia/Lana Robins (GW) def. Emma Brook/Nicole Pivonka (DU) – 8-5
No. 3 – Isabella Escobar/Stephanie Wei (GW) def. Alex Bell/Aysenil Orhon (DU) – 8-4