Oct. 24, 2011
WASHINGTON - Senior women's tennis player Laure Greco (Oakmont, Pa./Shady Side Academy) put together one of the best performances in program history in ITA Regionals this past weekend. The event was hosted by Old Dominion University and lasted five days.
Greco won two qualifying matches to get into the main draw where she advanced to the quarterfinals defeating the No. 1 seeded player in the region along the way.
"This was just a great weekend for Lauren and for the program," said Georgetown Head Coach Gordie Ernst. "To go out and beat the top player in the region is really impressive and is huge for Georgetown."
Greco started the tournament in the qualifying rounds downing the University of Pittsburgh's Taylor Washington 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 before defeating Marshall University's Kara Kucin in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to move into the main draw.
Greco opened the round of 64 beating George Washington University's Mimi Hamling 6-4, 6-0 before face two seeded players. She defeated No. 13 Martha Blakely out of Virginia Tech University 6-1, 6-4 and was then matched up against the No. 1 seed in Lindsey Hardenbergh. The University of Virginia product is currently No. 18 in the nation and was the top player in the region. Greco took her down in two sets 6-4, 6-4.
On Monday, Greco faced Virginia's Hana Tomljanovic who was the fifth seed in the region and fell in the quarterfinals 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to end her impressive run.
"This was a great way for Lauren and the rest of the team to end the fall," said Ernst.
In doubles play, Greco and her partner freshman Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) won in the round of 64, 8-1, against a pair from Norfolk State University, but eventually fell in the next round by a score of 8-0 to a duo from Virginia.
In the main draw, sophomore Tina Tehrani (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) defeated her opening round opponent Melis Tanik from West Virginia University by a score of 7-5, 64. She fell in next round in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Panarese fell in qualifying singles play, but came back to win two matches in the consolation including a 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (6) victory over Gabby Winter from the U.S. Naval Academy in the quarterfinals and Katie Blow from Virginia Tech by a score of 7-5, 6-4 in the round of 32.
Also winning in the consolation was junior Vicky Sekely (Mississaga, Ontario/Lorne Park Secondary School) who defeated Ikttesh Chahal from West Virginia 6-2, 6-0.
The Hoyas have completed fall play and will return to the courts in January.
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