Women’s tennis wins one of three
Temple easily defeated the GW women’s tennis team this week, but the Colonial women were coming off a solid win against Rutgers University and a close loss to West Virginia University over the weekend.
Temple defeated GW 8-1 Tuesday at GW’s Mount Vernon campus. Holly Huntley posted the only victory for the Colonial women at No. 3, 6-1, 6-0.
“She’s just been playing beautifully for the last five matches,” GW head coach Jeanne Gengler said.
The loss came after GW’s biggest win of the season, a 5-4 victory over Rutgers at West Virginia’s campus April 10. GW swept the second, third and fourth singles positions, with Ghada Skaff, Huntley and Katarina Stastny all cruising to straight-set wins.
“Rutgers has always been a strong program,” Gengler said. “We knew we could be competitive with them, but it was just a great match for us to win.”
The match was tied at four with the final doubles match still on the court. GW’s No. 2 doubles team of Sarine Weingarten and Skaff trailed 7-2 in a pro-set format but came back to win, 9-8.
“Rutgers just relaxed for a bit, and they (Weingarten and Skaff) picked up their games,” Gengler said.
The day before, the Colonial women lost at West Virginia 5-4. Laurel Lebby won at No. 6 by default, but Stastny, a freshman, recorded GW’s only earned singles victory. She outlasted Shannon Price, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
“As a freshman, she was very poised throughout that whole match,” Gengler said. “To be able to play an emotional player like Shannon and come out the winner was amazing.”
Men’s tennis team splits pair
The GW men’s tennis team won 6-1 at St. Bonaventure April 10 while falling 6-1 at American University April 8.
The Colonials cruised against the Bonnies, winning eight of nine matches. In singles, No. 1 Anders Bergkvist won 7-5, 6-1, No. 3 Kevin Wright took his match 6-2, 6-2, and Kinzie Wright earned a 6-0, 6-0, victory at No. 4. Fifth-seeded Mike Stein won 6-0, 6-0, while No. 6 Jonathan Davidson also blanked his opponent, 6-0, 6-0. The Colonials earned three doubles victories as No. 1 Bergkvist and Davidson, No. 2 Stein and Kevin Wright, and No. 3 Nick Vikstrom and Kinzie Wright all won.
Against American, Bergkvist recorded GW’s lone win of the match, beating Mark Sibilla in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. Kevin Wright was the only GW player to take his match to three sets, falling 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) to the Eagles’ Jason Moon.