GW Women's Tennis Quartet Named to A-10 All-Conference Teams
Pascarella Becomes Fourth Colonials' Player to Garner Four Consecutive Postseason Honors
May 5, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Four George Washington women’s tennis players have been named to Atlantic 10 postseason teams, the league announced on Monday afternoon. Senior Leah Pascarella and sophomore Lana Robins earned spots on the A-10 All-Conference First Team, freshman Taylor Nederlander was tabbed to the All-Conference Second Team, and Robins and classmate Christina Carpenter earned All-Academic Team status.
"Leah and Lana are both such hard workers, and I wouldn’t expect anything less than First Team honors for them,” said Head Coach Greg Munoz. “Taylor certainly stepped up her game and she rightfully earned her positions at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. It was an enjoyable year pushing this team to its limits and I am excited about the future of women’s tennis here at GW.”
The Colonials wrapped their first season under Coach Munoz with an overall record of 9-6 and a conference mark of 5-2. The No. 3 seed in the 2014 A-10 Championship, GW reached the semifinal match for the first time since 2011.
A native of Frankfort, Illinois, Pascarella closed her final season with the Colonials with an overall singles record of 18-8 and a team-best record this spring of 12-3. She went 10-1 at the No. 2 singles spot and finished out the season winning 10 of her final 12 bouts. The senior standout also went 9-9 overall in doubles and 7-5 this spring, including a 7-3 record in the third flight. Pascarella was named A-10 Performer of the Week twice this season and four times over her career. She joins Jacqueline Corba (’12), Tracy Wei (’03) and Lisa Shafran (’96) as the only Buff and Blue players to receive four consecutive A-10 postseason honors, as she was named to the All-Conference Second Team following her freshman and sophomore campaigns and earned a spot on the First Team after her junior season.
Robins picks up her second postseason accolade after garnering All-Conference Second Team status after her freshman year. Competing primarily at the top spot in GW’s lineup, Robins posted an overall singles record of 17-10, and she went 8-6 on the spring while tallying three A-10 Performer of the Week nods. Robins upset the first nationally ranked opponent of her career in Virginia Tech’s No. 121 Raluca Mita at the 2013 USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships and subsequently entered the 2014 season with a No. 17 ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Atlantic Region. An international affairs major, Robins has been named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW Athletics Dean’s List each of her three semesters, which was highlighted by an unblemished 4.0 grade-point average in the spring of 2013. She also earned the university’s distinguished Outstanding Academic Achievement Award this year for being in the top two percent of sophomores in GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
A rookie competing primarily at the No. 3 spot, Nederlander compiled an overall singles record of 17-9 and an 8-6 dual-match mark to pick up her first postseason award. She went 5-1 against her A-10 foes and was named the conference’s Rookie Performer of the Week on April 1. Nederlander also went 8-9 in doubles action, and she and senior Isabella Escobar went 5-5 as the Colonials’ top duo.
Carpenter earns her first A-10 postseason honor as a sophomore. She went 7-5 overall in singles and 4-3 in dual matches this spring. She also produced an 8-4 doubles record and went 3-2 at the No. 3 position. A business administration major with a concentration in finance, Carpenter has been named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List every semester. She maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring of 2013, and this year she earned the university’s distinguished Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for being in the top two percent of her class in GW’s School of Business.