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GW Women's Tennis Opens A-10 Action Against UMass, Fordham

Senior Leah Pascarella owns a team-best 3-1 dual-match singles record.
Senior Leah Pascarella owns a team-best 3-1 dual-match singles record.

Feb. 28, 2014

WASHINGTON – George Washington women’s tennis heads to the Bronx, N.Y., this weekend to face a pair of Atlantic 10 foes in Massachusetts and Fordham at the indoor Stadium Tennis Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Returning to the courts for the first time in two weeks, the Colonials open conference action against the Minutewomen on Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. first serve against Fordham on Sunday.

GW (1-3) is coming off its first win of 2014, a dominating 6-1 decision over UMBC on Feb. 16. The Colonials jumped out to a 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point in the Nos. 1 and 2 matches, then rolled to singles victories in flights 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 to top the Retrievers.

Senior Leah Pascarella paces GW with a 3-1 dual-match record this spring while sophomore Lana Robins and rookie Taylor Nederlander are both 2-2. The doubles duo of Robins and freshman Grace Egger has gone 2-1 on the young season and the team of Nederlander and senior Isabella Escobar are 1-0.

Massachusetts is 4-4 overall, 2-4 this spring season, and is coming off consecutive losses to Dartmouth (7-0) and Boston College (4-3). The Minutewomen are led in singles this spring by Chanel Glasper (5-3) and Aarzoo Malik (4-2), and the doubles team of Malik and Jessica Podlofsky are undefeated at 2-0 in dual-match play. GW looks to avenge a 4-2 defeat by UMass in last season’s A-10 Championship quarterfinal match.

Fordham, which is currently 4-1 overall and 3-1 this spring, is coming off a 4-2 win over Binghamton on Sunday. Angelika Dabu and Julie Leong own 4-1 dual-match records this spring and the Rams’ top doubles pair of Sarah Ali and Elliesa Ball are 4-1 overall. GW defeated Fordham, 4-3, in its regular-season finale one year ago in a five-hour battle as then-freshman Stephanie Wei fought back to win a three-set thriller and lift the Buff and Blue to victory. The Rams host the Minutewomen on Friday before welcoming the Colonials on Saturday evening.



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