March 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's tennis program earned its best win in program history on Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 33 William & Mary, 4-3. On Friday the Hoyas split a pair of matches, defeating Bryant and falling to James Madison. The Hoyas overall dual match record stands at 9-4. The last time Georgetown earned a victory over a ranked team was last season when GU defeated #57 Syracuse, 5-2.
"A true judge of character is how one deals with adversity," commented Head Coach Gordie Ernst. "The team has lost heartbreakers this year at St. Johns and last night versus JMU. These losses only fueled their desire to win more."
With a possibility of rain the William and Mary match began with singles play. The Tribe started strong with quick wins on courts 1 and 3. Georgetown responded when freshman Taylor Perz (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) won in three sets on court 6 to make the score 2-1. William and Mary eked out the match on court 2 in two close sets to bring the Tribe within one point of the team win.
Graduate student Elizabeth Hamlin (Haverford, Pa./The Episcopal School) on court 5 accounted for Georgetown's second point of the day with a close 7-5, 6-4 victory. As she has done all year, Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) came through in a close straight sets win on court 4 to tie the match at three.
With the match on the line, Georgetown moved onto the doubles court with belief and intensity. Court 1 duo of Victoria Sekely (Mississaga, Ontario/Lone Park Secondary School) and Hamlin powered their way to an 8-3 victory, leaving Georgetown one victory away from the upset. Perz and Panarese found themselves 4-1 down on court 3 but fought hard to rally back and win 8-6. The close victory clinched the match 4-3 for the Hoyas.
On Friday the Hoyas played a double header facing Bryant in the morning and James Madison in the afternoon. GU earned a 5-0 win against Bryant before falling 5-2 to JMU.
Against Bryant in a 4x1 format the Hoyas swept all four singles along with the one doubles match. Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Philips Exeter Academy) won 6-3, 7-5 at one singles. Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) played two singles and earned a 6-0, 6-4 win. At three Panarese won 6-0, 6-1 and Perz earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at four. In doubles the combo of Hamlin and Sekely recorded an 8-2 victory.
In the afternoon match versus JMU the Hoyas fell behind early by losing two of three doubles, only earning a victory at three doubles by Panarese and Perz, 8-3. Down 1- 0 after doubles the Hoyas managed to win two singles matches. No. 1 singles player Sekely won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Earning GU's second point against the Dukes was Hamlin at fifth singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Georgetown travels to Richmond on Thursday, March 21, for a match with the Spiders. Match time is still to be determined.