March 11, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's tennis team dropped its first match at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex this season, falling to the No. 42 University of South Florida Bulls on Saturday in BIG EAST Conference play. The Hoyas battled, but narrowly missed the upset by a score of 4-3. Georgetown is now 6-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Things started strong for the Blue & Gray as the squad picked up the doubles point. The No. 3 pair of freshman Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) and sophomore Madeline Jaeger (Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) came away with the solid 8-4 decision. At No. 2, sophomore Tina Tehrani (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and junior Vicky Sekely (Mississaga, Ontario/Lorne Park Secondary School) secured the doubles point for the Hoyas battling in the tiebreaker for the tight 9-8 victory.
Despite the 1-0 lead, the Bulls came out and win the first four matches in singles play to get the win over Georgetown. However, the Hoyas kept their heads up picking up a pair of wins at No. 5 and No. 6.
Jaeger won at No. 6 in exciting fashion. The sophomore took the first set, 6-4, before falling in the second, 7-5. She battled through the tiebreaker for the 10-8 victory. At No. 6, Panarese also won in three sets by outlasting her opponent. The freshman took the final two sets winning 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.
Georgetown will host the University of the District of Columbia on Wednesday in non-conference play. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.