Sports Briefs

Women's Tennis team sweeps weekend in two close matches

AU Women's Tennis won two matches on Sunday, beating both East Carolina University and East Tennessee State by scores of 3-2. Senior Kristina Georgieva set the tone by winning the No. 1 singles match in straight sets in both meets.

Against East Tennessee State, senior Katarina Kollarova followed Georgieva's win with a hard-fought victory over Sylwia Ziolkowska, by a score of 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4. Then, after East Tennessee State came back to win No. 3 and 4 singles, AU won the deciding doubles match, as the combination of junior Sasha Zerkalova and freshman Julia Colarusso vanquished East Tennessee State's team.

Colarusso won the No. 3 singles match against ECU, while AU dropped the No. 2 and No. 4 singles games. That set up another deciding doubles match, where sophomore Brandi Kligman and freshman Rachael Honig steamrolled ECU's Ashley Perkinson and Sara Boseman by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

AU's next meet will be against Seton Hall University on Feb. 6. It will take place at Army, in West Point, N.Y.

- ELLIOT SMILOWITZ

Women's Hoops beaten at University of Maryland-Eastern Shore 80-73, fall to 10-10 record overall, 5-2 PL

The AU Women's Basketball team made a run late in the game at University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Wednesday night, but it was too little, too late.

The Eagles fell to the Lady Hawks 80-73, despite junior Chanel Hunt scoring a game-high 17 points and senior Chanel Spriggs adding 15 points and five rebounds.

Md.-Eastern Shore dominated most of the game on both sides of the court, yet only led by eight points at halftime, 40-32.

Senior guard Kaitlin Schuyler rallied AU early in the game, drilling a three-pointer to give her team its largest lead of the game in the first half. Schuyler finished with 11 points.

The Lady Hawks responded quickly and went on a 21-4 run that lasted over four minutes.

During the second half, the Lady Hawks came out strong, building a lead as large as 19 points. Md.-Eastern Shore went 8-for-12 from the foul line down the stretch to secure the win.

Hunt missed two straight jumpers that would have brought AU within three points, and AU could not get an offensive rebound.

The Eagles return to Patriot League action Saturday at 1 p.m. against Bucknell.

- LAURA RANDISI

AU serves George Washington University with a 6-3 defeat

AU Men's Tennis, led by a strong doubles performance, beat George Washington 6-3 for its first victory of the season.

Senior Andreas Kulscar led the team, first teaming with senior Tushar Garg to win No. 1 doubles, and later beating Will Timmons by a score of 7-5 and 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

AU opened the meet by sweeping the doubles matches. Senior Guillaume Tarralle and sophomore Juancarlo Vazquez won No. 2 doubles, and seniors Ruben Rivero and Jonah Fliegelman took the No. 3 doubles match. Following that, GW took the top three singles matches, leading up to Kulscar's big victory.

Fliegelman won the No. 5 singles match to clinch victory, and sophomore Sebastian Proisy finished the day with a victory in No. 6 singles.

AU's next meet will be against Hampton College at College Park, Md., on Feb. 7.

- E.S.

Eagle runners named PL Scholar Athletes of the Year

AU Cross Country runners Keira Carlstrom and Patrick MacAdie have been named Patriot League Women's and Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Carlstrom, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, has compiled a 3.50 GPA at AU while leading the Eagle runners. She was AU's top finisher in every cross-country race in the 2003 season, and won three of the five races she entered, including the PL Championship meet. She also placed 16th at the NCAA Championship meet, earning All-American honors.

MacAdie, a junior in the School of Communications, was named All-Region, as well as Runner of the Meet at the PL Championship. He also has a 3.64 GPA and is a six-time member of the PL Honor Roll.

A scholar-athlete nominee must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and be a key player in his or her sport. Winners are selected in a vote of the PL's sports information directors.

- E.S.

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