Georgetown Battles Past Pirates 4-3

Melis Tanik

April 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Liz Hamlin and Victoria Sekely's 9-8 victory over Nicole LaDuca and Neena Wanko in a No. 1 doubles match earned the Hoyas' opening point before Hamlin added the match clincher in a three-set No. 5 singles battle to lift Georgetown to a 4-3 non-conference win over East Carolina Saturday afternoon at the McDonough Outdoor Tennis Complex.

The Hoyas, who won for the sixth-straight time, improved to 13-4 with the triumph while the setback dropped the Pirates' record to 12-9.

Hamlin and Sekely's victory followed Abby Richmond and Danielle Terpko's 9-7 win over Sophie Panarese and Taylor Perz in a No. 3 meeting that evened pairs play for ECU.

East Carolina opened singles action by taking three of the first five matches to pull into a 3-3 tie, but Hamlin rallied back from a second set loss to outlast LaDuca 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in a No. 5 battle that featured four tie-breakers and secure the team win for GU.

Melis Tanik, who won for the ninth time in her last 10 outings, pushed her team-best spring singles mark to 16-4 with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Kelly Comolli at No. 2, Zhang produced a similar 6-1, 6-2 decision over Madeline Jaeger at No. 3 and Richmond cruised past Perz 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 to give the Pirates a 3-2 edge. The Hoyas rallied back with with a pair of three-set wins, including Hamlin's match-decider.

Head coach Tom Morris' squad will close out its 2013 home schedule by hosting UNC Greensboro Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m.

Singles Play
No. 1 - Victoria Sekely (GU) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Kelly Comolli (GU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Madeline Jaeger (GU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 - Sophie Panarese (GU) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Liz Hamlin (GU) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 7-6, 6-7, 7-6
No. 6 - Abby Richmond (ECU) def. Taylor Perz (GU) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles Play
No. 1 - Hamlin/Sekely (GU) def. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) 9-8
No. 2 - Comolli/Jaeger (GU) def. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) 8-4
No. 3 - Richmond/Terpko (ECU) def. Panarese/Perz (GU) 9-7
Team Records: East Carolina 12-9, Georgetown 13-4