The University of Mary Washington women’s tennis team is ranked 14th in the nation among Division III teams, and this past Sunday they knocked off a Division I opponent as they defeated Towson University 4-3.
“The team played a terrific match on Sunday,” said women’s tennis Head Coach Patrick Catullo. “It was our first match of the season, so we were a little tight and there are things we can do better, but I think we are off to a good start.”
The Eagles top two players, junior Courtney Goimarac and sophomore Katie Schafer, took care of business as the two ladies won three matches en route to the win for UMW.
Goimarac knocked off Towson’s No. 1 player, sophomore Aandria Carr, 7-5, 6-1. Schafer was even more impressive in her victory against Towson senior Cassandra Ng, as the talented UMW sophomore didn’t even drop a game as she breezed past Ng 6-0, 6-0.
Goimarac and Schafer also teamed up in the doubles competition to knock of the Tigers top doubles combination of Carr and junior Katie Young, 8-6. Catullo recognized the outstanding play of his top two players and expressed his confidence in them going forward.
“Courtney Goimarac and Katie Schafer did a terrific job on Sunday,” Catullo said. “I was most impressed with the way they both showed command of the court through the entire match. That sometimes does not happen so early in the season.”
The Lady Eagles host two more matches this weekend at the UMW tennis center. The first match is against another Division I opponent in George Mason University and the second match is against conference rival, York College, which is the first CAC opponent Mary Washington will face this season.
Catullo has led the women’s tennis team to five straight CAC titles, and his team has not dropped a conference match in that span. But despite all the success that his team’s have had under his tutelage, Catullo remains humble.
“Like in years past, I am very fortunate to have a talented, hard working team,” Catullo said. “If we continue to stay focused on the tasks at hand, we will have another successful season.”