The women’s tennis team fell 5-2 to George Washington Saturday in Washington, D.C in both teams’ first outdoor match of the spring.
The Owls fall to 5-11 (2-5 Atlantic 10 Conference) with six matches remaining in the fall. The Colonials improve to 9-5 (3-1 A-10).
“It was difficult for our girls,” coach Steve Mauro said. “It was the first time we’d played a match outside since the fall. We just started practicing outside with the weather being the way it was. I think that had something to do with it.”
In the top singles flight, junior Alicia Doms fell 7-5, 6-1 to junior Leah Pascarella. Junior Yana Mavrina fell to freshman Lana Robins in the second flight 6-0, 6-2. Junior Jordan Batey defeated freshman Stephanie Wei 6-4, 7-5 in flight three.
In flight four, sophomore Ama Osei lost 6-2, 6-4 to senior Mimi Hamling. In the fifth flight, sophomore Rebecca Breland triumphed over senior Dorota Lysienia 6-1, 1-6, 6-0. Freshman Minami Okajima dropped a 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (6-0) decision to freshman Christina Carpenter.
“She played pretty well,” Mauro said of Okajima.
Okajima and sophomore Cristina Grimaldi lost the first flight doubles match 8-3 to Hamling and Pascarella. This was Grimaldi’s second match of the season, after missing time due to injuries.
“The trainers gave her the okay to play,” Mauro said, saying that Grimaldi’s injuries were “numerous.” “Doubles is more her specialty.”
Batey and Doms fell 8-6 to Lysienia and Robins in the second flight. In flight three, Breland and Mavrina defeated Carpenter and Wei 9-7.
“It takes little while of an adjustment period to get used to playing outside,” Mauro said. “I think the girls will be fine, but we just will need to play more outside.”
Temple is next in action on Saturday, April 6 at Massachusetts at 12:30 p.m.
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