Feb. 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - This past weekend the Georgetown University women's tennis team traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Duquesne University and open BIG EAST Conference play against the University of Pittsburgh. The team was victorious in both matches improving to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in BIG EAST play.
On Friday, the Hoyas opened play against Duquesne. The last time these two teams met was in 2008, with the Hoyas dominating. 6-1. The story was much of the same this time around as the squad did not drop a point winning, 7-0.
The duo of junior Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) and sophomore Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) got off to a quick start No. 2 doubles winning by a score of 8-1. After losing on Court 3, the match came down to the No. 1 pairing of senior captain Vicky Sekely (Mississaga, Ontario/Lorne Park Secondary School) and junior Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Philips Exeter Academy) where they came out on top, 8-4.
After securing the doubles point, Sekely got a quick win at the No. 1 singles position against Judy Li, 6-1, 6-1. After winning at the No. 4 singles position, the match was then clinched by Jaeger in three sets. Wins followed at the rest of the singles positions where freshman Liz Hamlin (Haverford, Pa./The Episcopal School) and freshman Taylor Perz (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) picked up their first singles wins as Hoyas.
Georgetown came out strong the next day taking on BIG EAST foe, Pitt. Winning the last two meetings convincingly, the team looked to repeat the feat.
After losing the doubles point, the Hoyas started strong in singles play. Once again, it was Sekely getting the first point on the board beating Taylor Washington, 6-1, 6-2. The next victory came from Comolli to put the team up 2-1.
Perz came up with a huge victory coming back from 5-0 down in the second set to put the team in a winning position. Jaeger closed out her opponent in a close three-set match to secure the 5-2 win for the Hoyas. Panarese followed with a victory to conclude a successful weekend.
"This team has as much heart and grit as any team I've ever coached," said Georgetown Head Coach Gordie Ernst. "To open the BIG EAST schedule on the road playing a tough Pitt team, battling through some injuries and illnesses, shows tremendous strength of character and competitiveness."
The Hoyas will use the week to prepare for cross-town rival George Washington University which will come to campus on Saturday.