Georgetown Women's Tennis Continues Hot Streak With Weekend Victories
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown's women's tennis team posted a sweep over BIG EAST Conference opponents West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Providence April 15-16 to finish the regular season with nine consecutive victories and an overall mark of 13-10.
GU defeated West Virginia for the first time ever with a 5-3 victory on Saturday, April 15, and also handed Pittsburgh a 5-0 thrashing. On Sunday, April 16, the Hoyas knocked off Providence 5-4. The Conference wins improved GU's BIG EAST record to 6-2.
Saturday's two contests were played at the Montclair Country Club in Dumfries, Va. after rain forced the matches indoors. Playing in a modified singles set called a Super Tiebreaker (if necessary, a third set is played like a tiebreaker but the winner must reach at least 10 points and win by two), Hoya freshman Sarah White (Westwood, Mass./Milton) rallied from a 0-5 and 9-6 deficit in the tiebreaker to defeat Katherine Agustsson, 6-2, 3-6, (14-12), at No. 6 singles and clinched a 5-3 win for the Hoyas over the Mountaineers.
Twin sisters Lucky (Sr., Lake City, Fla./Texas Tech) and Sarada Ravindra (Sr., Lake City, Fla./Texas Tech) captured victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, respectively. L. Ravindra downed Meghan Cornwall 6-3, 6-1 while S. Ravindra handed Maia Binder a 7-5, 6-1 loss. Sophomore Caroline Marshall (Pittsford, N.Y./Harley) defeated Andrea Pintaric 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to put GU ahead 3-0. West Virginia fought back with wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. At No. 4, Anna Mark Underwood bested Missy Mendes (Sr., Summit, N.J./Oak Knoll) 6-1, 5-7, (10-4) and her twin sister Lauren (Sr., Summit, N.J./Oak Knoll) fell to Emma Jeremiejczyk 7-5, 6-2 at No. 5.
Doubles began with White and Agustsson still in their singles contest and GU leading the team score 3-2. The Georgetown tandem of L. Ravindra and Marshall lost 8-0 to Cornwall and Binder at No. 1 doubles. S. Ravindra and M. Mendes registered an 8-4 win over Pintaric and Tracy Wolfe at No. 2 for a 4-3 Hoya advantage. White's win prevented play of the potential deciding doubles match at No. 3 and gave GU its first-ever victory over West Virginia.
GEORGETOWN 5 WEST VIRGINIA 3 Sat., Apr.15, Montclair Country Club Singles 1. Lucky Ravindra (GU) d. Meghan Cornwall (WV), 6-3, 6-1 2. Sarada Ravindra (GU) d. Maia Binder (WV), 7-5, 6-1 3. Caroline Marshall (GU), Andrea Pintaric (WV), 6-3, 6-2 4. Anna Mark Underwood (WV) d. Missy Mendes (GU), 6-1, 5-7, (10-4) 5. Emma Jeremiejczyk (WV) d. Lauren Mendes (GU), 7-5, 6-2 6. Sarah White (GU) d. Katherine Agustsson (WV), 6-2, 3-6, (14-12) Doubles 1. Cornwall/Binder (WV) d. L. Ravindra/Marshall (GU), 8-0 2. S. Ravindra/M. Mendes (GU) d. Pintaric/Tracy Wolfe (WV), 8-4 3. DNP
The Saturday afternoon match saw the Hoyas pound the Panthers 5-0. The contest began with a sweep at doubles. The duo of S. Ravindra and M. Mendes downed Pitt's Sarah Austin and Lindsay Carlson 8-6 at No. 1. The team of L. Ravindra and Marshall beat Dana Jararian and Nikki Borza 8-3 at No. 2. Freshmen Kim Wattrick (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./University Liggett) and Hadley Muckerman (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) won their match at No. 3 by a 8-0 score over Christin Grarioso and Nena Fiore.
Lucky and Sarada Ravindra won GU's final points in singles competition. L. Ravindra handed Austin a 6-3, 6-2 defeat at No. 1, while at No. 2, S. Ravindra dispatched Carlson 7-5, 6-0.
GEORGETOWN 5 PITTSBURGH 3 Sat., Apr.15, Montclair Country Club Doubles 1. S. Ravindra/M. Mendes (GU) d. Austin/Carlson (PITT), 8-6 2. L. Ravindra/Marshall (GU) d. Jararian/Borza (PITT), 8-3 3. Muckerman/Wattrick (GU) d. Grarioso/Fiore (PITT), 8-0 Singles 1. Lucky Ravindra (GU) d. Sarah Austin (PITT), 6-3, 6-2 2. Sarada Ravindra (GU) d. Lindsay Carlson (PITT), 7-5, 6-0 3. Caroline Marshall (GU) vs. Dana Jararian (PITT), DNF 4. Missy Mendes (GU) vs. Nikki Borza (PITT), DNF 5. Lauren Mendes (GU) vs. Christin Grarioso (PITT), DNF 6. Sarah White (GU) vs. Nena Fiore (PITT), DNF
After one night of rest, the Hoyas returned to action on Sunday morning to face BIG EAST foe Providence at the McDonough Tennis Courts. GU had a tough time with the Friars but managed to squeak out a 5-4 hard-fought victory.
Four of the six singles matches went two sets and a standard tiebreak. Sarah White won a decisive victory at No. 6 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over K. Lafayette. J. LeMasters defeated the Hoyas' Caroline Marshall at No. 3 by a 7-6(4), 6-3 score. The Ravindra's and Mendes' twins all played at a very high level with each twin set splitting a match. After losing the first set, Lucky Ravindra came back to win her match at No. 1 over B. Rubin 5-7, 6-3, (7-1). Sarada Ravindra wasn't as fortunate as she fell 6-2, 2-6, (10-8) to A. Carton at No. 2 singles. Missy Mendes' match, which went to two tiebreak sets, saw her beat G. Vlasek 6-3, 6-7(4), (7-5) at No. 4, while her sister Lauren Mendes lost to L. Gillooly by a score of 6-2, 4-6, (7-4).
Georgetown found itself in a usual position with the team score tied at 3-3 and three doubles matches remained. Two points away from the win, GU's doubles teams continued their excellent play with grueling wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and a tiebreak loss at No. 1. S. Ravindra and M. Mendes captured No. 2 doubles with a 8-5 win over LeMasters and Vlasek while the tandem of Hadley Muckerman and Kim Wattrick tallied a 8-4 win at No. 3 against Gillooly and Lafayette. With the match in hand at 5-3, the Hoyas looked for the doubles sweep but came up short as the Friars' Rubin and Carton bested L. Ravindra and Marshall 9-8(6) at No. 1.
GU, which was 4-10 at the beginning of the month (the loss to Howard was credited in February), has won nine-consecutive matches and is undefeated so far in April. The Hoyas conclude the regular season with a 13-10 mark and finish with a 6-2 BIG EAST record. GU now waits for seeded pairings in the upcoming BIG EAST Tennis Championships, which will be announced on April 17. The event will be held in Miami, Fla., Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 23.
GEORGETOWN 5 PROVIDENCE 4 Sun., Apr.16, McDonough Tennis Courts Singles 1. Lucky Ravindra (GU) d. B. Rubin (PU), 5-7, 6-3, (7-1) 2. A. Carton (PU) d. Sarada Ravindra (GU), 6-2, 2-6, (10-8) 3. J. LeMasters (PU) d. Caroline Marshall (GU), 7-6(4), 6-3 4. Missy Mendes (GU) d. G. Vlasek (PU), 6-3, 6-7(4), (7-5) 5. L. Gillooly (UP) d. Lauren Mendes (GU), 6-2, 4-6, (7-4) 6. Sarah White (GU) d. K. Lafayette (UP), 6-1, 6-1 Doubles 1. Rubin/Carton (PU) d. L. Ravindra/Marshall (GU), 9-8(6) 2. S. Ravindra/M. Mendes (GU) d. LeMasters/Vlasek (UP), 8-5 3. Muckerman/Wattrick (GU) d. Gillooly/Lafayette (UP), 8-4