GW Women's Tennis Reveals 2013 Spring Schedule
Jan. 3, 2013
WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s tennis team has announced its 2013 spring schedule, highlighted by a Spring Break trip to California, as part of a 17-match lineup, ninth-year head coach Dawn Buth said.
“We put together a very strong schedule this year and we are excited to hit the court and play,” Buth said. “With five tough Atlantic 10 schools on the schedule, along with great non-conference competition, we plan to enter the conference championship in April as prepared as we can be.”
The Colonials lost three players to graduation last spring and return four letterwinners from the 2011-12 squad that posted a 16-7 overall mark and a 3-3 record in the A-10. GW returns two-time All-Conference Second Team selection junior Leah Pascarella to the lineup, in addition to classmate Isabella Escobar and seniors Mimi Hamling and Dorota Lysienia. The Colonials also welcome four freshmen in Christina Carpenter, Egle Jakuciunaite, Lana Robins and Stephanie Wei, all of whom garnered playing experience for the Buff and Blue throughout tournaments this fall.
GW hosts eight matches this spring, including five at the outdoor GW Tennis Center and three inside at the Montclair Country Club (MCC) in Montclair, Va., which serves as the Colonials’ home court during the winter months. The Buff and Blue will spend its Spring Break week on a West Coast swing, competing against California competition in addition to having the unique opportunity to attend the BNP Paribas Open, a professional tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Colonials open the 2013 season with four straight matches against local rivals. GW kicks off the year in Norfolk, Va., on Jan. 26 when it faces Old Dominion at 1 p.m., before returning home to host District foe Howard on Feb. 2 for a 5:30 p.m. match at MCC. GW then heads to nearby Georgetown for an 11 a.m. match on Feb. 9, then returns to MCC to host George Mason on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
“ODU is a very competitive team so it will be a good litmus test for us,” said Buth. “Howard has improved its program considerably over the past few years so that match will also be competitive. We haven’t faced Georgetown during the spring season since 2009 but we competed well against the Hoyas this fall. We are definitely going to see what we are made of with these opening matches.”
The Colonials hit the road for Pittsburgh, Pa. where they will open A-10 play with back-to-back matches. GW faces Saint Joseph’s at 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 before taking on host Duquesne at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17. After returning home to MCC to host a 5:30 p.m. match with nearby UMBC on Feb. 24, GW travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to face Drexel at 1 p.m. on March 2.
The Colonials’ host UMES in its outdoor home opener at the GW Tennis Center on March 3 at 12 p.m.
“We are thrilled to have five matches on our outdoor courts because it gives fans an opportunity to not only come watch us play and cheer us on, but also get to know our eight terrific GW tennis student-athletes,” said Buth. “Our matches at home are definitely our most exciting; we always look forward to competing on our home court on the beautiful Mount Vernon Campus.”
From March 10-16 the Colonials take on two California teams in Cal State Fulerton and UC Santa Barbara. The Colonials face the Lions on March 12 at 2 p.m. and the Gauchos on March 15 at 2 p.m.
“Our trip to California will be a great chance for our players from the West Coast to compete in front of their families and friends,” Buth said. “We will also spend a lot of time connecting with alumni and watching great tennis. West Coast teams tend to be strong because they play outdoors year round so it will be good for our players to see other areas of the collegiate playing environment.”
On March 23 the Colonials travel to Richmond, Va., to take on the reigning A-10 Champion Spiders – who have claimed the conference title each of the past four years and nine times in the past 11 seasons – at 2 p.m. GW then returns home for three straight matches when they will host Morgan State at 11 a.m. on March 24, conference foe Temple at 12 p.m. on March 30 and East Carolina on April 5 at 2:30 p.m.
GW travels to James Madison for its final road match of the season on April 6 at 1 p.m., and returns home for its regular-season finale and Senior Day match against Fordham at 12 p.m. on April 13.
For the third straight year the Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at the indoor Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., from Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21. The championship will feature a four-day, single-elimination format for the second straight year, and the winner of the Championship will receive the Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
“This is a really tough conference but we always enter the tournament with the mindset that we can win,” said Buth. “Teams continue to get stronger and stronger every year but we know we can compete and have a good shot at claiming that title.”