GW Women's Tennis Adds Three to 2013-14 Roster

Grace Egger is one of three players to commit to GW for the 2013-14 season.

Jan. 30, 2013

WASHINGTON – The George Washington women’s tennis team has added three student-athletes to the 2013-14 roster, ninth-year head coach Dawn Buth announced. Grace Egger, Allison Hansen and Brydie O’Connor will join the Colonials’ squad during the fall 2013 season.

“We are thrilled to announce the commitments of Grace, Brydie, and Allison,” Coach Buth said. “Each of these young women encapsulate the work ethic, competitiveness and integrity that encompass our team and we are delighted to welcome each of them to the program.”

Grace Egger comes to GW from Issaquah, Wash., and was ranked amongst the top-100 recruits in the nation for the class of 2013. She was also dubbed the No. 1 recruit state of Washington as well as the Pacific Northwest Region. Off of the court, Grace was named to the Mountlake Terrace honor roll each year.

“Grace has a unique combination of consistency, offensive capacity, mental focus and determination,” Coach Buth said. “In addition to her singles experience, Grace has also had strong national doubles success and we are looking forward to the positive impact she will make to our team culture and to our lineups next year.”

Grace Egger was born on Oct. 21, 1994 in Issaquah, Wash. She is the daughter of Nadine and Phillip Egger and has three brothers and one sister. Her older brother, Emmett, plays tennis for Washington University. Grace intends to major in business administration at GW.

A native of Champaign, Ill., Allison Hansen comes to GW after a record-setting career at Centennial High School where she was a two-time captain and three-time team MVP. Competing at the No. 1 singles position all four years, Allison set a new school record for victories in a career after compiling an overall mark of 102-18. She won the conference championship at the No. 1 singles position her sophomore, junior and senior seasons and claimed the sectional title during her senior year. Allison won the conference championships at No. 1 doubles during her sophomore year and qualified for the state championships three straight seasons. In addition to her success on the court, Allison also participated in band and was a member of the National Honors Society and the Mu Alpha Theta math honors society. She was a two-time recipient of Centennial’s Math Excellence Award and was a three-year academic letter honoree. Allison earned the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete Award for three straight years and earned the Illinois High School Association of Scholastic Achievement award her junior and senior years. At the end of her junior year Allison was ranked No. 1 out of her 309-member class.



“Allison will bring a tremendous work ethic and a lot of positivity to our program,” said Coach Buth. “The discipline and commitment of collegiate tennis will be a great fit for Allison’s strong technical and mental base and will allow her to grow as a player.”

Allison Lee Hansen was born on July 22, 1995 in Park Ridge, Ill. She is the daughter of LuAnn and Steven Hansen and has one younger brother, Graham. Allison intends to major in biomedical engineering at GW.

Brydie O’Connor, a product of Leawood, Kan., helped her Notre Dame de Sion squad win four straight district championships. A four-time all-state honoree, Brydie claimed district doubles championships during her freshman, sophomore and senior seasons. In 2011 she finished as the district singles runner-up. Brydie guided her team to a runner-up finish at the 2009 Missouri State Championship and a third-place finish in 2010. Brydie also competed for Kansas City United Tennis and was a member of her school’s National Honors Society.

 “We’re really excited about the commitment and enthusiasm Brydie will bring to the program. She has a strong, consistent foundation from the baseline and made some excellent gains in her game this past year,” Coach Buth said. “With the dedication she has demonstrated, Brydie’s best tennis is certainly ahead of her.”

Bridget Kathryn O’Connor was born on Feb. 2, 1995 in Kansas City, Mo. She is the daughter of Kathryn and Edward O’Connor and has one younger brother, Joe. Brydie’s intended major at GW has not been decided.

GW looks to bounce back from a season-opening loss at Old Dominion last weekend when the squad hosts district foe Howard on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Army Navy Country Club. Action in Arlington, Va., is slated for 11 a.m.

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