Tournament Results (PDF)
• Sydney Green
and Hannah Yang
combined to place second in the event
• Freshmen Brianna Gibbs
and Hannah Cianciola
• The Patriots return to action Oct. 6-8 at the Navy Blue & Gold
The George Mason University women's tennis team made the most of a unique competitive format, putting together a series of strong performances at the Loyola Fed Cup this past weekend.
The event format was based on the International Fed Cup, the premier team competition in women's tennis. Duos from Loyola (Md.), Lafayette, Mt. St. Mary's and the Patriots combined to play in pods featuring one doubles match and a pair of singles matches. The team with the best record in each pod would move on to the quarterfinals, then semifinals and so on.
"I was pleased with our performance this weekend," head coach Stephen Curtis
said. "We are definitely getting better as a team. We still have some areas that need work but I certainly like our progress thus far."
Mason's dynamic duo of junior Sydney Green
and freshman Hannah Yang
led the way, placing second overall in the field. The team took their opening round matches in a perfect 3-0 sweep. They combined to defeat the Mountaineer team of Barbato and Powell, 6-0, while Green defeated Powell in singles (6-0, 6-2) and Yang upended Barbato (6-2, 6-3).
In the quarterfinals, Green and Yang again went 3-0 against the Lafayette tandem of Grace Conrad and Alexa Cook. Mason's duo won the doubles match, 6-3. Then, Green defeated Conrad, 6-2, 6-3, while Yang won over Cook (6-1, 6-0).
The semifinal matchups proved to be closer, with Yang and Green advancing, 2-1, over their Mason teammates, freshmen Brianna Gibbs
and Hannah Cianciola
. Green and Yang fell in the doubles match (6-2), but swept the singles. Green defeated Gibbs, 8-4, while Yang knocked off Cianciola, 8-5.
In the championship matchup with Loyola's Kateri Martin and Amanda Lanciano, Mason came close to the team victory. After falling 7-6 in the doubles match, Yang earned the singles victory over Lanciano, 6-2, 6-2. But Green fell in two sets (7-5, 6-3) to Martin as Loyola claimed victory.
The Gibbs/Cianciola duo earned the third-place showing on the strength of a 3-0 sweep in their opening round over Loyola's duo of Nicole Eberle and Julie Clark. Cianciola and Gibbs won the doubles match, 7-5. Then, Gibbs knocked off Eberle (6-3, 6-0) and Cianciola took down Clark (6-1, 6-1). After advancing 2-1 in the quarterfinals, the duo fell in the semis to Gibbs and Cianciola, 2-1. They finished third after winning a pod battle with teammates Christine McCarthy
and Rachel Lee
. Gibbs and Cianciola won the doubles (7-2) and Cianciola defeated Lee in singles (8-4). McCarthy earned her team's point with a 8-4 singles win over Gibbs.
Gibbs and Lee, placed fourth in the overall event. Their weekend was highlighted by 2-1 victories in the opening round and quarterfinals. The team's strength focused in doubles, where they won matches over the Boustany/Granato team from Loyola (6-1) and the Snyder/Lesnick team from Lafayette (7-6).
Mason's team of freshman Kayleigh Hahn
and sophomore Liz Lowe
finished seventh. Their best performance came in the opening round, where they advanced with a 2-1 victory. That included a pair of singles wins. Hahn defeated Hannah Davis of Mt. St. Mary's (6-7, 6-3, 10-8), while Lowe knocked off Sruthi Kamprath (6-3, 6-4).
The Patriots are back in action next weekend (Oct. 6-8) at the Navy Blue & Gold in Annapolis, Md.