Colonial Spotlight: Maria Siopacha of Women’s Tennis
Rising senior represents Cyprus at 2018 Mediterranean Games
Maria Siopacha is used to playing on the national stage. A native of Limassol, Cyprus, Siopacha has previously represented her home nation at the Fed Cup for six consecutive years, making her the longest reigning member of the team, but this summer, she took her talent even further into the spotlight as a member of the Cyprus National Team at the 2018 Mediterranean Games.
Coming off of a standout junior season in which she tallied a 19-9 record exclusively at the No. 1 position, Siopacha garnered a trio of All-Conference awards, including Atlantic 10 Co-Most Outstanding Performer honors. The business economics and public policy major helped lead the squad to a program-best 6-1 A-10 record while pacing the team with a 19-11 doubles mark. With a great season behind her, Siopacha caught the eyes of the Cyprus National Federation, which chose the Colonial to represent Cyprus at the Mediterranean Games.
Siopacha took some time to share her experience in a blog post for GWsports.com.
The 2018 Mediterranean Games were an international multi-sport event held from June 22 to July 1, in Tarragona Spain. There were 26 nations participating and 4,541 athletes in total. Being invited to this prestigious event, being around some of the best and most known athletes of the world, and representing my country was a huge honor.
The draw was very tough, as almost every participant was a professional ranked player with a lot of experience on their backs. In the first round, I beat a ranked girl from Slovenia in two sets and then lost in the round of 16 in three sets to the No. 8 seed, a Spanish girl.
In doubles, we lost in the quarterfinals to the couple who ended up winning the gold medal, 6-7, 2-6. Despite the final result, the close score showed that even though we did not have the experience that our opponents had, we had a fair chance of winning a medal.
During these 10 days, I had the opportunity not only to compete but also to meet a lot of new athletes, explore the beautiful Tarragona, visit Barcelona and go the famous PortAventura Park (something similar to Disneyland).
Training every day at GW and competing there at a high level almost every single weekend kept me in a very good shape. This year, I managed to win the "Most Outstanding Performer" award for the conference, and that played a key role in the decision of the Cyprus National Federation to choose me as one of their representative to these games.
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