GW Women's Tennis Edges Fordham, 4-3, on Senior Day
Seniors, Freshmen Come Up Big in Final Match of Regular Season
April 13, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s tennis team edged Atlantic 10 foe Fordham, 4-3, on Saturday in its final match of the regular season at the GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus.
No. 3 singles proved to be the deciding match in the five-hour battle as the Colonials (10-7, 4-1 A-10) and the Rams (9-7, 1-3 A-10) were locked at three points apiece. Freshman Stephanie Wei, who dropped her first set, 4-6, and went down 0-3 in the second, fought back to win the match, 6-4, 7-6 (3) over Fordham’s Angelika Dabu and lift GW to victory.
“Today’s match was an incredible way to finish our regular season and it was terrific preparation for next week’s A-10 Championship. We competed tremendously well and dug down deep to get wins, particularly at the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles positions,” said head coach Dawn Buth. “All four freshmen pulled out key wins for us in pressure situations, and it was great to get a final win for our seniors.”
The Colonials opened the contest with a 1-0 lead by clinching the doubles point. The No. 2 team of freshman Christina Carpenter and senior Dorota Lysienia defeated the Rams’ Bella Genkina and Anika Novacek, 8-4, and the No. 3 freshman duo of Egle Jakuciunaite and Wei earned a 9-8 (7-4) tiebreaker victory over Dabu and Julie Leong.
Senior Mimi Hamling closed her dual-match career in convincing fashion with a 6-3, 6-1 No. 4 singles victory over Genkina for GW’s second point of the afternoon. Freshman Lana Robins then won a three-set battle at the No. 2 spot, dropping the first set, 5-7, before bouncing back to win, 6-2, 6-2. Wei’s victory at the No. 3 spot pushed the Colonials past the Rams for their fourth conference win of the season.
The Buff and Blue return to action at the Atlantic 10 Championship at the indoor Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., from April 18-21.
George Washington 4, Fordham 3
No. 1 – Amy Simidian (FU) def. Leah Pascarella (GW) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 – Lana Robins (GW) def. Sarah Ali (FU) – 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Stephanie Wei (GW) def. Angelika Dabu (FU) – 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
No. 4 – Mimi Hamling (GW) def. Bella Genkina (FU) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 – Julie Leong (FU) def. Egle Jakuciunaite (GW) – 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 – Anika Novacek (FU) def. Christina Carpenter (GW) – 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 – Sarah Ali/Amy Simidian (FU) def. Mimi Hamling/Leah Pascarella (GW) – 8-3
No. 2 – Christina Carpenter/Dorota Lysienia (GW) def. Bella Genkina/Anika Novacek (FU) – 8-4
No. 3 – Egle Jakuciunaite/Stephanie Wei (GW) def. Angelika Dabu/Julie Leong (FU) – 8-7 (7-4)
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