GW Women's Tennis Tops Temple, 5-2, in Outdoor Home Opener

Junior Leah Pascarella posted No. 1 singles and doubles victories over Temple.

March 30, 2013

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WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s tennis team defeated Atlantic 10 foe Temple, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon in its first outdoor home match of the season at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The Colonials (9-5, 3-1 A-10) topped the Owls (5-11, 2-5 A-10) for the first time since 2006 when they earned a home victory by an identical 5-2 score.

“We did a great job of bringing and sustaining energy in today’s match. Lana and Dorota pulled out a critical win to clinch the doubles point and they are developing into a very tough team to beat,” head coach Dawn Buth said. “We worked hard on our energy level and competitiveness this week and we intend to keep up this level of intensity as we prepare for next weekend.”

GW jumped out to a 1-0 lead after claiming two of three doubles matches. The No. 1 duo of seniors Mimi Hamling and Leah Pascarella rolled to an 8-3 victory over Temple’s Cristina Grimaldi and Minami Okajima, and the No. 2 pair of senior Dorota Lysienia and freshman Lana Robins defeated Jordan Batey and Alicia Doms, 8-6. In the No. 3 match freshmen Christina Carpenter and Stephanie Wei fell in extra sets, 7-9, to Rebecca Breland and Yana Mavrina.

In singles action, Pascarella earned a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Doms at the No. 1 spot and Robins nearly blanked Mavrina, 6-0, 6-2, in the second flight. Hamling clinched the match for the Buff and Blue with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Osei at No. 4 singles, and Carpenter went on to claim a 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6) win over Okajima at the No. 6 spot.

Wei was edged by Batey, 4-6, 5-7, in the No. 3 singles match and Lysienia dropped a three-set decision to Breland at the No. 5 spot by scores of 1-6, 6-1, 0-6.

GW looks for its third straight victory when it hosts East Carolina in a non-conference match on Friday, April 5. First serve is slated for 2:30 p.m.

George Washington 5, Temple 2
No. 1 – Leah Pascarella (GW) def. Alicia Doms (TU) – 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 – Lana Robins (GW) def. Yana Mavrina (TU) – 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Jordan Batey (TU) def. Stephanie Wei (GW) – 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 – Mimi Hamling (GW) def. Maame Ama Osei (TU) – 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 – Rebecca Breland (TU) def. Dorota Lysienia (GW) – 6-1, 1-6, 6-0
No. 6 – Christina Carpenter (GW) def. Minami Okajima (TU) – 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6)

No. 1 – Mimi Hamling/Leah Pascarella (GW) def. Cristina Grimaldi/Minami Okajima (TU) – 8-3
No. 2 – Dorota Lysienia/Lana Robins (GW) def. Jordan Batey/Alicia Doms (TU) – 8-6
No. 3 – Rebecca Breland/Yana Mavrina (TU) def. Christina Carpenter/Stephanie Wei (GW) – 9-7



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