GW Takes Ninth Place at Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championships
April 23, 2007
MONROEVILLE, PA - George Washington, the eighth seed, completed their season early Sunday morning, downing #11 Fordham University, 4-1, in the ninth-place match of the Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship.
The Colonials opened the competition Friday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to #9 Rhode Island in the first round. The Rams began the match by taking the doubles point for the early 1-0 advantage. GW won the first two matches in singles play, getting wins from Kendall Swenson (6-4, 7-6) and Madhuri Jha (6-4, 6-3), playing from the number one and two flights, respectively.
The close loss dropped GW into the consolation bracket, where they faced #13 Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials lost the doubles point but rebounded and won four of the singles matches to defeat the Hawks, 4-3. Swenson and Rachel Honig, playing from the sixth flight, both picked up their second individual wins of the Championship.
On the third and final day, GW cruised past Fordham, 4-1, to claim ninth place in the A-10. For the first time all tournament, the Colonials earned the doubles point. Leading 1-0, GW dropped the first singles flights before rallying for wins in the third, fourth and sixth flights, including straight set wins from Tracy Stecko and Rachel Honig. Two of the matches were not finished. Honig was the only Colonial to win all three of her singles competitions.
In the Championship match, #2 Richmond upended #1 Temple, 4-0. The Spiders earned their fifth A-10 title in the last six years and became the first program to win four straight Championships since Virginia Tech accomplished the feat from 1996-00. Richmond earns the league's NCAA automatic bid and will play in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on May 11.