GW Women's Tennis Falls to Saint Louis, 4-2, in A-10 Semifinal
Colonials Wrap Season After Reaching Conference Semifinal for First Time Since 2011
April 26, 2014
MASON, Ohio – Third-seeded George Washington fell to second-seeded Saint Louis by a narrow 4-2 decision in the semifinal match of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The Colonials, who reached the semifinals of the conference championship for the first time since 2011, wrap the season with an overall record of 9-6 under the direction of first-year women's Head Coach Greg Munoz.
GW opened the match with a hard-fought doubles point to take a 1-0 lead over Saint Louis (17-4). The No. 1 doubles team of senior Isabella Escobar and freshman Taylor Nederlander defeated Stephanie Hollis and Brooke Urzendowski, 8-6, and the No. 3 duo of sophomore Christina Carpenter and senior Leah Pascarella clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Maria Toro and Natalia Yacaman.
Saint Louis tied it up at 1-1 after Nederlander fell, 0-6, 4-6, in the No. 3 singles spot, and took a 2-1 lead after Madison Cook downed Carpenter 5-7, 4-6 in the sixth flight. The Billikens extended their lead to 3-1 after a three-set battle at the No. 1 singles spot. GW sophomore Lana Robins dropped the first set to Aspen Cervin, 0-6, then fought back for a 6-3 win in the second set, but was ultimately edged in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-7 (1).
Pascarella earned GW’s second point of the afternoon with a three-set win in the No. 2 match. She first fell to Hollis, 3-6, then closed the match with 6-4, 6-4 scores in the second and third sets to secure the win. SLU clinched the match with its fourth singles victory in the No. 5 slot. Escobar dropped the first set to Toro, 1-6, and bounced back for a 7-5 win in the second, but fell in the third set, 1-6.
GW will lose Escobar and Pascarella to graduation this spring and is slated to return seven players to the squad.