GW Women's Tennis Advances at A-10 Championship With 4-3 Win Over SJU
Sixth-Seeded Colonials to Face Third-Seeded Massachusetts on Friday at 1 p.m.
April 18, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The George Washing women's tennis team pulled out a 4-3 victory over Saint Joseph's on Thursday evening in the first round of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship.
The sixth-seeded Colonials (11-7) defeated the 11th-seeded Hawks (13-11) in a four-hour battle that came down to the wire in the No. 3 singles match. With the score knotted at 3-3, senior Mimi Hamling clinched the match for GW with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Devi Jadeja, as the Buff and Blue defeated Saint Joseph's in the first round of the championship for the second straight year.
GW will face third-seeded Massachusetts - which advanced with a 5-0 sweep over 14th-seeded Dayton - in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 1 p.m. The Colonials and Minutewomen last in 2008, when UMass came away with a 6-1 victory.
GW opened the match against SJU with a 1-0 lead after securing the doubles point in the Nos. 2 and 3 matches. The second-flight duo of senior Dorota Lysienia and Lana Robins rolled to an 8-2 win over Kristina Eisenbrand and Lauren Roy, and the No. 3 rookie tandem of Egle Jakuciunaite and Stephanie Wei earned an 8-6 win over Jadeja and Kelly Mulquin.
Wei pushed the Colonials' lead to 2-0 as she limited Eisenbrand to just two games in a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. Freshman Christina Carpenter claimed GW's third point of the night with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Roy in the No. 6 match, and Hamling lifted the Colonials to victory with the extra-set win over Jadeja.
The winner of Friday's GW-UMass contest will face the winner of the Fordham-Xavier match, which is slated for 1 p.m. The Colonials look to advance to the semifinals of the A-10 Championship for the first time since 2010.