Jan. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown women’s tennis squad split their Friday decision as they defeated the Campbell Camels, 3-2, but lost to the host team, the VCU Rams, 5-0, at the 4-1 Invitational in Richmond, Va. The event was played at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
The women kicked off their 2014 debut at 11 a.m. on Friday. Freshman Sophia Barnard (Mill Neck, N.Y./Portledge School) defeated Campbell’s Ana Maria Ortiz in straight sets, 6-4; 6-1, to help the Hoyas on their way to victory. Barnard won a team best six matches in the fall of her freshman campaign.
Senior co-captain Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) helped Georgetown split the singles decisions as she downed Natasha Afridi in three sets, 6-1; 2-6; 6-3. Jaeger clinched the match against Campbell for the second-straight year. Georgetown played both Campbell and VCU last year at this time in the same Invitational in Richmond, Va.
Georgetown freshman Victoire Saperstein (Las Vegas, Nev./Odyssey Charter School) and sophomore transfer Liselot Koenen (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) dropped the Camels double pair, 6-3; 6-0, in their Hoya debut as the Blue & Gray went on to win 3-2. Saperstein and Koenen did not appear in any matches during the fall.
The women did not fare as well in their second matchup of the day when they played VCU at 3 p.m. Georgetown was not able to win a match against the host team as they went up against some stiff competition. VCU defeated the Hoyas, 5-0, across the four singles decisions and one doubles match.
Virginia Commonwealth’s Cindy Chala, who boasts an ITA Top-50 rank, defeated Georgetown’s Koenen in her singles debut for the Hoyas.
Senior co-captain Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Phillips Exeter Academy) fought VCU’s Ludivine Burguiere in a long three set match. Comolli won the first set 7-6(5), but dropped the final two, 10-5; 10-8, respectively.
Georgetown’s Jaeger also forced her match to three sets as she won her second set, 6-4, to push the match to a deciding 10-4 set, which she lost to Olga Terteac of VCU.
Hoya junior Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) was paired with Saperstein, but they could not get the victory against the VCU pair.
The women are back in action on Sun., Jan. 26 when they scheduled to play Navy in Annapolis, Md. at 11 a.m. Georgetown played Navy at the Blue & Gold Invite in Annapolis in rain shortened, mid-October affair.
11 a.m. Results
Georgetown Women def. Campbell, 3-2
1) Karolina Chernaya (CU) def. Kelly Comolli (GU), 6-3; 2-6; 6-3
2) Sophia Barnard (GU) def. Ana Maria Ortiz (CU), 6-4; 6-1
3) Madeline Jaeger (GU) def. Natasha Afridi (CU), 6-1; 2-6; 6-3
4) Tamara Stanic (CU) def. Sophie Panarese (GU), 6-4; 6-2
3 p.m. Results
VCU def. Georgetown Women, 5-0
1) Cindy Chala (VCU) def. Liselot Koenen (GU), 6-2; 6-0
2) Ludivine Burguiere (VCU) def. Kelly Comelli (GU), 6-7(5); 10-5; 10-8
3) Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Sophia Barnard (GU), 6-3; 6-1
4) Olga Terteac (VCU) vs. Madeline Jaeger (GU), 6-2; 4-6; 10-4