Women's Tennis Claims Fifth at A-10 Championship with 4-1 Triumph Over Dayton

April 24, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, MD - Led by freshman Kendall Swenson (Shaker Heights, OH), the fifth-seeded George Washington women's tennis team won its second straight match at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 victory over sixth-seeded Dayton on Sunday to claim fifth-place in the conference at The Tennis Center in College Park.

"Today was a great finish to the season," first-year GW head coach Dawn Buth said. "We started off tentative in the doubles, but pulled ourselves right back together in the singles to finish fifth in the A-10 Conference. We gained significant experience this past year and still have a lot of room to grow for next season."

Despite dropping the doubles point and trailing 1-0 heading into singles action, the Colonials received victories at the second through fifth positions to post a decisive 4-1 win over the Flyers. Swenson remained unbeaten in her first A-10 Championship with a 6-0, 6-3 win at third singles to lead GW, while junior Sandra Simunic (Westerville, OH), and freshmen Michelle Alexander (Charlotte, NC) and Tracy Stecko (Lake Forest, IL) each notched straight-set victories.

Alexander and Stecko each played a big role for the Colonials in their first conference championship as well with each collecting two singles victories, while senior Natasha Bode (Paradise Valley, AZ), and juniors Anastasia Skavronskaia (Maimi, FL) and Simunic each recorded a pair of wins over the three-day tournament as well. GW concludes the season with a 7-9 overall mark.

#5 GW 4, #6 Dayton 1
1. Kirkland/McDowell def. SKAVRONSKAIA/SWENSON (GW) - 8-6
2. Detroy/Metzger def. ALEXANDER/WATKINS (GW) - 8-3
3. GONCA/STECKO (GW) vs. Mellion/Gray - 6-5 (DNF)

1. Anastasia Skavronskaia (GW) vs. Erin Kirkland - 6-4, 6-5 (DNF)
2. Sandra Simunic (GW) def. Courtney McDowell - 6-2, 6-4
3. Kendall Swenson (GW) def. Alyssa Detroy - 6-0, 6-3
4. Michelle Alexander (GW) def. Kate Mellion - 6-3, 6-3
5. Tracy Stecko (GW) def. Kara Metzger - 6-0, 6-0
6. Natasha Bode (GW) vs. Megan Gray - 6-2, 3-2 (DNF)


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