Women's Tennis Kicks Off Fall Campaign at Army Eastern Intercollegiate Championships

Sept. 20, 2004

WEST POINT, NY - The George Washington University women's tennis team opened its fall season this past weekend, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 17-19, at the Army Eastern Intercollegiate Championships at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center in West Point. Freshman Tracy Stecko (Lake Forest, IL) advanced as far as the semifinals in Flight "C" singles, while senior Natasha Bode (Paradise Valley, AZ) made it to the quarterfinals in Flight "A" singles to highlight action for the Colonials.

Bode, seeded third in the Flight "A" singles draw, opened with a straight-set, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Anna Perevezentseva of St. Bonaventure in the Round of 16 after a first-round bye. In her quarterfinal match, Bode fell to fifth-seeded and eventual runner-up Christine Ong of Army, 6-0, 6-3.

Freshman Michelle Alexander (Charlotte, NC) opened Flight "B" singles action with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Doina Sandor of Fordham, then proceeded to defeat third-seeded Alexis Jacobi of Lehigh, 7-6 (1), 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals. Alexander fell to eventual winner Jelena Koprivica of Binghamton, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarters.

Stecko, competing in Flight "C" singles, won her first two matches in straight sets to breeze into the quarterfinals. She opened with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Erin Godly of Marist, followed by a 6-2, 6-4 win over Molly Gilbride of Providence. In the quarters, Stecko won a tough, three-set match over Ellenoira Featherston of Fordham. She won the first set, 6-1, before Featherston rallied to take the second set, 6-1, then battled back and won the decisive third set, 13-11. Fourth-seed and eventual runner-up Ebru Burduroglu of Seton Hall proved to be too much for Stecko in the semis, winning 6-3, 6-3.

Sophomore Leah Woodard (Wellesley, MA) fell to Daniella Shtemberg of Bucknell, 6-0, 6-1, in the Round of 16 after an opening round bye in Flight "D" singles to place her in the consolation bracket. In her first match in consolation play, Woodard defeated Megan Gureck of Marist, 8-4, before retiring to Shella Dangout of Niagra in the semis.



In doubles play, sophomores Mara Frisch (Tucson, AZ) and Anne Watkins (Naples, FL) defeated Chistina Chacharone and Cristin Zaccareo of Fairfield, 8-4, to advance to the quarterfinals, but were turned away by third-seeded Veronica Brown and Nada Curcic of Bucknell, 8-3.

The Colonials return to action this weekend and will have their team split between the Maryland Invitational, Sept. 24-26, in College Park, and the DC Metro Tournament, Sept. 24-27, held at Georgetown and American University.

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