Women’s Tennis Slotted Eighth in ITA Atlantic Region
Maria Siopacha grabs year-end regional ranking
Complete ITA Atlantic Region Rankings
SKILLMAN, N.J. – The George Washington women’s tennis squad broke into the top-10 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) final regional rankings for the first time in program history, capping its 2017-18 season at No. 8 in the Atlantic Region. Rising senior Maria Siopacha also earned a spot in the regional rankings as the Atlantic’s No. 19 solo player, the first time a Colonial has appeared in the rankings since Fall 2016.
“To be named one of the best 10 teams in the region is a great accomplishment, especially with the strength and quality of the teams in this region,” said head coach Torrie Browning. “We are ranked amongst UVA, William & Mary, Old Dominion, and Maryland which are programs that are ranked inside the Top 75 nationally. We've come a long way in just a short amount of time and that is due to the commitment and strong work ethic of the players and staff.”
The Colonials closed the season with their most wins (14) since 2012 and posted a program-best 6-1 conference record during the regular season.
Siopacha garnered a trio of All-Conference honors, including Co-Most Outstanding Performer, after a standout season, in which she tallied a 19-9 record playing exclusively at the No. 1 position. The Limassol, Cyprus, native, finished the spring season on an eight-match win streak, including a 4-0 mark against conference opponents, and paced the team with a 19-11 doubles record. Earlier in the year, she also defeated William & Mary’s Rosie Cheng, who at the time was ranked 86th in the ITA rankings.
“Maria being ranked amongst the top players in the region is a credit for her drive and passion to constantly improve,” said Browning. “She has really been a pleasure to work with and I know she is only going to continue to improve.”
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