No. 5 Georgetown Set to Compete at BIG EAST Championship


April 23, 2014

Thursday, April 24 to Sunday, April 27
BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Championship Central for Seeds and Results

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WASHINGTON – Georgetown women’s tennis (10-10, 3-2 BIG EAST) is scheduled to open the 2014 BIG EAST Championship presented by NEW YORK LIFE on Friday, April 25 when the squad plays No. 4 St. John’s at 11 a.m. The Blue & Gray comes into the championship as the No. 5 seed. Matches will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., from Thursday, April 24 until the championship match on Sunday, April 27.

The Hoyas come into the championship with a 3-2 mark against BIG EAST opponents. GU lost to St. John’s in its conference opener on February 7 by the score of 5-2. Jaeger and Saperstein each earned singles victories from the No. 4 and 5 positions, respectively, in the match. GU was also swept in doubles play, 3-0.

Georgetown dropped its second conference match to DePaul, the No. 1 seed, before winning three-straight conference matches against Providence, Seton Hall and most recently, Villanova on April 16 in the Hoyas’ regular-season finale.

After opening its duals schedule with a 1-6 record, Georgetown turned its season around in late February against Montana State in a neutral-site match. The Hoyas would go on to win three road matches in a California trip from March 8 to March 13 before closing out the six-match win streak at home over Richmond and Providence on March 22.

In the squad’s final six matches, the women have earned two wins at home and one on the road at UMBC.

Georgetown freshman Victoire Saperstein (Las Vegas, Nev./Odyssey Charter School) took over the No. 1 position for the squad at the start of its six-match win streak against Montana State. The freshman has gone 6-6 since that match.

Senior co-captain Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Phillips Exeter Academy) owns a 7-6 mark from the No. 2 position this season and comes into the BIG EAST Championship having won her previous three matches.

Fellow senior co-captain Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) is 6-6 from the No. 3 spot.

In the No. 4 position, freshman Sophia Barnard (Mill Neck, N.Y./Portledge School) is 8-4 where she has had three and four-match winning streaks. The freshman has also played at the first three singles positions at different times this season.

Junior Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) has played 16 of 18 matches for the Hoyas from the No. 5 position where she is .500 with an 8-8 mark.

Liselot Koenen (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North), who came to Georgetown this year as a transfer from the University of Houston, is 10-1 from the No. 6 spot.

GU owns at least .500 records in both the No. 5 and 6 singles positions.

St. John’s comes into the championship with a 10-8 overall record and a 4-0 mark in BIG EAST play.

In order from matches played this spring, the Red Storm has a projected No. 1-6 singles lineup of Nastya Polyakova (4-5 at No. 1), Anna Morozova (6-3 at No. 2), Yanita Arnaudova (4-4 at No. 3), Diamond Adams (9-9 at No. 4), Stephanie Elgegren (4-5 at No. 5) and Puck Vlaskamp (1-5 at No. 6).

The winner of the Georgetown-St. John’s match will take on the winner of DePaul-Providence-Villanova at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 while the loser will take on one of those three teams at 1 p.m., on the same day.

The women’s championship match is set for Sunday, April 27 at 9 a.m.



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