GW Women's Tennis Geared Up for Atlantic 10 Championship
Sixth-Seeded Colonials to Open Versus No. 11 Saint Joseph's for Second Straight Year
April 16, 2013
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The A-10 Women's Tennis Championship is now a 16-team event with the additions of Butler and VCU, and features a four-day, single-elimination format. The winner of the championship will receive the conference's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament.
GW earned the sixth seed after posting an overall record of 10-7 and a 4-1 mark against conference competition, and will face 11th-seeded Saint Joseph’s in the first round for the second straight year.
The Colonials cruised to a 4-0 first-round victory over the Hawks one season ago, then fell to eventual champion Richmond, 4-1, in the quarterfinals. First serve between No. 6 GW and No. 11 SJU is slated for Thursday at 6 p.m. Should the Colonials advance to the quarterfinals, they will face the winner of the No. 3 Massachusetts-No.14 Dayton match on Friday at 1 p.m. GW has won the A-10 Championship three times, in 1984, 1992 and 1993.
Conference newcomer VCU - which is ranked No. 38 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association - earned the championship's top seed, followed by second-seeded Xavier, third-seeded Massachusetts, fourth-seeded and four-time defending champion Richmond and fifth-seeded Charlotte. Following GW is Fordham (seventh), Saint Louis (eighth), Temple (ninth) and Duquesne (10th). Rounding out the field is Saint Joseph's (11th), Rhode Island (12th), Butler (13th), Dayton (14th), St. Bonaventure (15th) and La Salle (16th).
The Buff and Blue defeated Saint Joseph’s, 6-1, in their conference opener on Feb. 16. In the victory, the Colonials limited the Hawks to just four total doubles points while winning five singles matches in straight sets, highlighted by a 6-0, 6-0 sweep by senior Dorota Lysienia at the No. 5 position. GW also defeated conference foes Duquesne (4-3), Temple (5-2) and Fordham (4-3), with its lone league blemish coming in a 5-2 loss at Richmond.
Senior Mimi Hamling leads the Colonials with a singles record of 18-6 and a 14-3 dual-match mark. She is currently riding a five-match winning streak and has won 14 of her last 16 matches. Freshman Lana Robins sports a 15-10 overall record and is 11-5 this spring season, while classmate Stephanie Wei is 14-9 overall and 11-6 in dual-match competition.
The Boar's Head Sports Club boasts 26 USTA regulation courts, including 10 Outdoor Har-Tru courts that are maintained for seasonal play. Alongside the clay courts are an additional four Outdoor DecoTurf hard courts for year-round competition. Inside, the Boar's Head features a 12 DecoTurf hard courts complex, which plays to the high standards of the ATP and NCAA and serves as the host site of top tournaments. In January 2006, the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club were completed, including a six-court tennis stadium with the capacity to seat more than 1,200 spectators for tournaments and collegiate matches. The Boar's Head Sports Club has been the site of past ITA National Individual Indoor Championships and ITA Men's Mideast Regional Championships. The Boar's Head Inn, owned and operated by the UVa Foundation, is a staple of Tennis Magazine's annual "Top 50 Tennis Resorts" rankings.
Each of the A-10's 16 teams will begin competition on Thursday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m., with the final matches of the first round slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. Quarterfinal matches will be played Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Semifinal action with the final four teams commences on Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m., while the championship finale is set for Sunday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m.