April 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's women's tennis team (14-6; 3-3 BIG EAST) landed the seventh seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Championship. The Hoyas will face 10th-seeded Pittsburgh on Friday, April 18, at 9 a.m. on University of South Florida's Varsity Courts in Tampa, Fla. The championship runs from April 18-21, with the finals match being played Sunday, April 21, at 9 a.m.
Georgetown enters the tournament with a 14-6 overall record and a 3-3 mark in BIG EAST affairs. The Hoyas earned victories over 10th-seeded Pitt, 14th-seeded Seton Hall and 15th-seeded Villanova and suffered losses to 11th-seeded St. John's, second-seeded USF and sixth-seeded Rutgers. The Hoyas have lost their last two matches but have won seven of their last 10, including a 4-3 victory over No. 33 William & Mary.
The last time Georgetown faced Pittsburgh was on February 2, 2013 and GU won 4-2. GU lost the doubles point but won four singles matches to secure the victory.
Last year in the BIG EAST Championship Georgetown was seeded fifth and earned a 4-0 win over Seton Hall in the first round. A close 4-3 loss to DePaul ended the tournament for the Hoyas. Current Hoya Victoria Sekely (Mississaga, Ontario/Lone Park Secondary School) won both her singles matches on court three in the tournament. GU's best finish under Head Coach Gordie Ernst at the BIG EAST was in 2011 when the Hoyas placed sixth.
Senior co-captain Sekely leads the Hoyas into the championship for the fourth time in her career. Sekely has four BIG EAST Championship singles victories under her belt winning two matches in both 2012 and 2011. This season Sekely recorded a 12-10 overall mark in singles, mainly at no. 1, and had a team best 18-9 mark in doubles play. In her career Sekely has amassed 60 singles wins and 64 doubles wins.
Sophomore Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) led the Hoyas in singles wins this season with a 19-7 record. She has won seven of her last 10 outings and was 3-2 in conference play. Panarese also owns a BIG EAST Championship win earning it last season against DePaul. She went 17-10 in doubles.
Another BIG EAST Championship winner is junior Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach), who has three singles wins. Jaeger played the majority of the season as GU's third singles player and built a15-15 overall record. She was 13-8 in doubles. Fellow junior Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Philips Exeter Academy) was 12-14 in singles and 16-10 in doubles. Comolli played second singles most of the year.
In her lone season with GU, graduate student Elizabeth Hamlin (Haverford, Pa./The Episcopal School) went 7-3 in her last 10 matches and was 15-8 in singles and 16-9 in doubles. She was 8-1 at fifth singles. Also in her first year as a Hoya, freshman Taylor Perz (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) was 15-12 in singles play, mainly on courts five and six. Perz had a 10-6 mark in doubles action.
The winner of Thursday's match will play on Friday, April 19, at 9 a.m. against the winner of second-seeded USF or 15th-seeded Villanova.
For full results and the latest news from the 2013 BIG EAST Championship visit: http://www.bigeast.org/Sports/Tennis/2013WomensTennisChampionship.aspx