Sept. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON – The Hoyas played their fall-opener this past weekend when they hosted the Georgetown Classic at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Courts.
Sophia Barnard opened her freshman campaign against Sacha Espiriot of ASA in the round of 64. Barnard defeated Espirito, 6-1; 6-2. The first win helped propel Barnard all the way to the semifinals. Along the way, she downed George Washington’s Stephanie Wie, 6-4; 6-2, Norfolk State’s Liza Gordeeva, 7-5; 6-2, and George Washington’s Taylor Nedelander, 6-4; 6-4. Barnard did not lose a singles set until she lost to George Washington’s Lana Robbins, 6-0; 6-4, in the semifinals. Barnard was the lone Hoya to reach past the quarterfinals.
After receiving a bye in the round of 64, co-captain Madeline Jaeger defeated Adriana Aldunate of UMBC in the round of 32, 6-0; 6-0. Jaeger moved to the quarterfinals after her opponent, Julia Sauer of UMBC, withdrew in the round of 16. George Washington’s Leah Pascarella defeated Jaeger in a three-set quarterfinals match, 1-6; 6-2, 10-7.
Sophie Panarese downed George Washington’s Brydie O’Connor, 6-2; 6-4, in her first match and then went on to beat UMBC’s Isabel Aldunate after dropping the first set, 3-6; 6-4; 10-3. Panarese eventually lost to Dayana Agasieva of ASA in the quarterfinals, 1-6; 6-2; 10-7.
Co-captain Kelly Comolli started her senior season with a win against Norfolk State’s Mafalda Lhorca without losing a game, 6-0; 6-0. She went on to defeat George Washington’s Grace Egger in straight sets, 6-1; 6-1, before losing to George Washington’s Lana Robbins, 6-4; 6-3, in the quarterfinals.
Taylor Perz opened up the round of 64 with a bye and then beat UMBC’s Madlena Kurasz in the round of 32, 6-4; 6-1. Perz then lost to eventual finalist, George Washington’s Lana Robbins, 7-6(4); 6-2, in the round of 16.
Mimi Lynham started in the round of 32 after her round of 64 opponent, Morgan State’s Jasmine Edwards withdrew from the tournament. Lynham lost to George Washington’s Grace Egger, 6-2; 6-1. Lynham moved onto the consolation bracket, but lost to UMBC’s Shannon Clearly in the first round, 7-5; 6-4.
Madeline Foley lost to George Washington’s Taylor Nedelander in the round of 64, 6-3; 6-1. Foley moved onto the consolation bracket where she defeated Norfolk State’s Krystal Scott, 6-0; 6-2. Foley then lost of Diana Perez of ASA, 6-4; 7-6(4).
George Washington’s Leah Pascarella, who defeated Georgetown’s Madeline Jaeger in the quarterfinals, won the singles tournament when she defeated her fellow teammate Lana Robbins, 6-3; 4-6; 10-5.
Georgetown’s Sophie Panarese and Sophia Barnard won a doubles match against George Washington’s Egle Jakuciunaite and Brydie O’Connor, 8-3, before losing to a pair, and eventual winners, from ASA in the quarterfinals, 8-5.
Mimi Lynham was paired with Norfolk State’s Ana Jovanovic in the doubles bracket. They lost to Allison Hansen and Christina Carpenter of George Washington, 8-1.
Fellow team captains Kelly Comolli and Madeline Jaeger beat UMBC’s Julia Sauer and Adriana Aldunate in their first doubles match of the season, 8-4. But then they were tripped up by Lana Robbins and Grace Egger of George Washington in the quarterfinals, 8-7; 7-2.
Diana Perez and Dayana Agasieva of ASA, who beat the Georgetown pair of Panarese/Barnard in the quarterfinals, went on to win the doubles bracket when they defeated a pair from UMBC, 8-4.
The women next play Sun., Oct. 6 in Flushing, N.Y.