Despite chilly temperatures, the gleaming sun and breezes that could wreak havoc on the ball, the GW women’s tennis team rebounded from a Friday loss to beat Saint Joseph’s 6-1 Saturday in the team’s first outdoor match of the year.
The Colonials were off to a good start Saturday, winning the doubles point handedly. No. 1 doubles pair freshman Mimi Hamling and sophomore Zoe Krohn continued their recent winning ways with an impressive 8-4 win over their Saint Joseph’s counterparts, also the Hawks’ No. 1 and 2 singles players.
Both teams demonstrated strong forehands and crisp net play, before Hamling and Krohn pulled away winning the last four games, including breaking the Hawks in the last game off of two double faults. The duo has now won seven of its last nine matches.
Sophomore co-captain Jacqueline Corba teamed with freshman Sasha Gluck at No. 2 doubles and freshman Dorota Lysienia paired with sophomore Meg Tyner for the No. 3 doubles match. Both were first-time pairings and both pairs won their inaugural matches by 8-1 scores.
The dominating day continued with junior Jennifer Hirsh and Krohn both posting 6-0, 6-1 victories over their opponents, while Tyner scored a double bagel over her opponent 6-0, 6-0, and Gluck came in with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.
The Hawks’ lone point came when GW’s Lysienia lost a tough match featuring strong groundstrokes in a third-set tiebreak, 4-6, 6-2 (6-10).
Corba scored a 6-3, 7-5, win over her opponent in a match marred by questioned line calls and scoring disputes. Corba said she didn’t let these distractions, her opponent’s apparent ankle injury or “the tough weather conditions” deter her.
“I didn’t really pay attention,” she said. “It made me more competitive.”
Corba lost the first three games before finding her rhythm and rounding up the next seven games before her opponent was able to level off the match.
The Colonials were also able to play a few exhibition matches, with senior Michele Style and freshman Hilary Kustoff winning a doubles match 8-0, freshman Sarah Smith winning the No. 7 singles 8-1, and Kustoff winning the No. 8 singles 8-2.
“It was a good match for the team,” Corba said.
GW will next play St. John’s Wednesday in nonconference play. The match will begin at 9 a.m. at the Mount Vernon tennis courts.