Women's Tennis Opens Fall Season at the DC Metro Championships
Colonials Produce Three of Four Semifinalists in Flight A
Oct. 3, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University's women's tennis team competed in the DC Metro Tournament from Saturday, September 27 to Tuesday, September 30, turning in a rather strong performance. Three of the four semifinalists in flight A singles were from GW and two of the four semifinalists in flight B were Colonials. GW also placed finalists in both flight A and B doubles, unfortunately, only the flight A singles final could be completed due to scheduling conflicts.
In flight A, seniors Lindy First (San Diego, CA/La Jolla) and Nazli Gencsoy (Istanbul, Turkey/Lycee de Galatasaray) and junior Natasha Bode (Paradise Vally, AZ/Xavier Prep) all won at least two matches to reach the semifinals. First and Bode squared off in one semifinal, with First coming out on top 6-1, 6-3. Gencsoy took on Kristen Harris, but fell to her, 6-2, 6-0. First battled Harris in the final but was unable to overtake her, losing 6-2, 6-1.
In flight B, sophomore Estee Bartell (Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Torrey Pines) and freshman Mara Frisch (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) squared off in one semifinal, with Bartell advancing, 6-4, 6-0. Bartell was scheduled to play in the final but due to scheduling conflicts, the match was unable to be played.
In A doubles, the team of Bode and Gencsoy wonthree matches to reach the finals. In order to reach the finals, the team from GW beat a team from George Mason as well as two teams from Loyola College. In B doubles, GW placed two teams in the semifinals. Teams of Bartell and freshman Anne Watkins (Naples, FL/Community School of Naples) and Frisch and fellow freshman Leah Woodard (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley) each won two matches before the tournament was halted.
The GW women will hit the courts again on Friday, October 3 when they travel to West Point, NY to play in the Army tournament.