GW women’s tennis endures rough start

The GW women’s tennis team opened the spring season with a pair of losses to James Madison University and the College of William & Mary last weekend in Williamsburg, Va.

GW fell to James Madison 8-1 Saturday and then lost 9-0 to William & Mary the following day.

Fourth-seeded freshman Katarina Stastny provided GW’s lone victory of both matches, beating James Madison’s Chrissy Travlos 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The match was closer than the score appeared, GW head coach Jeanne Gengler said.

“That was an outstanding win for Kat,” she said. “We were more competitive against JMU than in the past but it’s disappointing to lose four out of five three-setters.”

In No. 1 singles, junior Sarine Weingarten lost to the Dukes’ Sheri Puppo, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. At second singles, GW junior Ghada Skaff fell to Lauren Daulton, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. In the third spot, senior Holly Huntley lost to the Dukes’ Liz Simon, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. GW’s walk-on freshmen singles players, No. 5 Megan Goldsmith and No. 6 Laurel Lebby, rounded out the singles losses.

William & Mary’s top-seeded Tari Ann Toro began the Tribe’s rout of GW with a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing of Weingarten. No Colonial woman would win more than three games, as William & Mary swept the match.

“William & Mary is a national top 10 program,” Gengler said. “To have them on our schedule is great because it shows where we’re at and where we want to be.”

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