May 30, 2012
WASHINGTON – George Washington women’s tennis coach Dawn Buth has announced Egle Jakuciunaite will join the Colonials for the 2012-13 season, alongside fellow National Letter of Intent signees Lana Robins and Stephanie Wei.
“We are very excited to welcome Egle to our program,” Coach Buth said. “She has demonstrated singles and doubles success on a national and international level and she will immediately impact our program. Egle also shares our program’s philosophy of bringing a strong work ethic, determination to win and mental toughness necessary for GW to compete and be successful at the highest levels.”
GW is set to return five players to the lineup from last season’s 16-7 team.
Jakuciunaite comes to Washington, D.C., from Vilnius, Lithuania, where she is ranked the No. 4 women’s tennis player in the country by the Lithuanian Tennis Union. She previously held the No. 1 Under-18 juniors ranking and won the Lithuanian U-18 singles and doubles championships in 2011. She was also crowned the junior doubles champion in 2009. In 2010 Jakuciunaite was the Lithuanian women’s singles championship runner-up. She also represented her home country at the 2011 European Junior Championships.
Born on March 10, 1993, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Jakuciunaite is the daughter and only child of Rita Jakuciuniene and Alvydas Jakuciunas. She intends to major in international affairs at GW, after attending Vilnius Lyceum, an international baccalaureate school in Vilnius.