GW Women's Tennis Earns No. 3 Seed for 2014 A-10 Championship
Colonials to Compete at Lindner Family Tennis Center for First Time
April 22, 2014
WHO: GW Women's Tennis | No. 3 Seed
MASON, Ohio - George Washington heads to Mason, Ohio this week as the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship, held from Thursday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The Colonials enter the championship with an overall record of 8-5 and a conference mark of 5-2. After earning the sixth-seed for the past two years and falling in the quarterfinal round, the third-seeded squad has a first-round bye and will face sixth-seeded Saint Joseph's on Friday at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
VCU has earned the league's top seed while Saint Louis is seeded second. Behind GW are fourth-seeded Richmond, fifth-seeded Massachusetts, sixth-seeded Saint Joseph's and seventh-seeded Duquesne. Fordham has earned the No. 8 seed, followed by Rhode Island (ninth), St. Bonaventure (10th), George Mason (11th), Dayton (12th) and La Salle (13th).
GW is coming off a convincing 6-1 win over A-10 newcomer George Mason in its regular-season finale, and looks to carry that momentum into weekend action. Senior Leah Pascarella capped her career at the GW Tennis Center in notable fashion on Saturday as she teamed up with sophomore Christina Carpenter for an 8-3 No. 3 doubles win before she held the Patriots' Brittany Pilkington scoreless in a 6-0, 6-0, No. 1 singles victory. Sophomores Lana Robins and Carpenter nearly swept their opponents as Robins' No. 2 match and Carpenter's sixth-flight match were won by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores. Sophomore Egle Jakuciunaite almost blanked her No. 4 singles opponent with a 6-2, 6-0 decision, and rookie Taylor Nederlander won at the No. 3 spot, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Robins owns an overall record of 17-9 and a dual-match record of 8-5. She has gone 7-3 in her last 10 matches and owns a 4-3 record against A-10 competition. Pascarella leads the squad this spring season with a 10-3 record and an overall mark of 16-8. She has gone 5-2 against A-10 foes and 8-2 in her last 10 bouts. Nederlander also owns an overall record of 16-8 in her first season with the Colonials, and she has gone 7-5 this spring and 6-3 in her last 10 matches. She is also 5-1 against A-10 opponents.
The No. 1 doubles team of senior Isabella Escobar and Nederlander are 3-5 this spring, while the No. 2 tandem of Robins and freshman Grace Egger are 14-6 overall and 6-3 in dual-match action. Pascarella and sophomore Stephanie Wei are 4-2 this spring at the No. 3 doubles spot.
GW last reached the semifinals in 2011 and looks to return to the A-10 title match for the first time since the 2010 season. The Colonials have won league crowns in 1993, 1992 and 1984.
Following three straight years at the indoor Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., the conference championship has moved to the outdoor Lindner Family Tennis Center. The A-10 Championship is a 13-team, single-elimination event and the winner of the 31st annual championship will receive the conference's automatic bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament. Competition for the Nos. 4-11 seeds begins on Thursday, April 24 at 9 a.m. with the final match of the day set to begin at 3 p.m. The remaining teams will open competition on Friday morning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.