Fresh off a victory against the Morgan State Bears on Wednesday, the Georgetown University women’s tennis team is gearing up for a rivalry match against the George Washington Colonials (5-3, 0-2 A10) at Yates Field House on Friday. Georgetown’s victory against Morgan State marks the team’s third consecutive victory.
Georgetown’s (4-1) win against Morgan State (0-9) featured strong performances from some of the team’s top players. Georgetown’s senior Victoire Saperstein, junior Sara Swift and sophomore Risa Nakagawa — playing positions one through three, respectively — recorded three straight-set victories against Morgan State’s top three players.
However, the Hoyas also received key contributions from a pair of new faces. Junior Daphne de Chatellus and senior Madeline Foley both made their singles debuts for the season. The duo defeated its Morgan State competitors, notching 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-1 victories.
While Georgetown has won four of its first five matches, Morgan State has struggled to start the season, as the team remains without a win in its nine matches. The Bears seemed to be no match for the Hoyas, as all five of the Hoyas’ singles victories came in straight sets.
Georgetown looks to ride the momentum from its victory against Morgan State into its match against GWU.
Similar to Georgetown, GWU currently has its own winning streak. The Colonials struggled to open the season, losing three of their first four matches, but have since rebounded to win four straight matches, including a victory against Morgan State Feb. 18. Just as the Hoyas dismantled the Bears on Wednesday, the Colonials handily defeated the Bears by a score of 6-1.
The spark for GWU’s sharp turnaround is the performance of the top-half of its team. During the team’s three straight losses, its top three players went 2-7. However, during the Colonials’ four game winning streak, their top three players are a combined 10-2.
In contrast, Georgetown’s success this season has largely been due to victories from the latter half of its lineup. Although Saperstein — the team’s number -one player, has won her last three matches — Georgetown’s back-end has also succeeded. Although sophomore Cecilia Lynham and junior Drew Spinosa received a break from singles competition against Morgan State, the pair has provided stability to the latter half of the lineup throughout the season, as both players are 4-0 so far.
Georgetown’s Saperstein, Nakagawa and Swift look to stop the momentum of GWU’s top three performers, while Lynham and Spinosa look to continue their dominance.
Friday’s matchup against GWU is set for 12 p.m.
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