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Blackwell Honored As Women's Tennis Concludes Regular Season
Courtesy: George Mason Athletics
Release: 04/16/2012

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Fairfax, Va.--The George Mason women's tennis team closed out their regular season on a tough note, falling to CAA foes Drexel, JMU, and Delaware over the weekend at the RAC tennis courts.

Mason pushed Drexel to the brink on Friday, but ultimately fell 4-3.  Alison Wingo, Brooke Blackwell, and Kiersten Pappas all notched singles wins giving them eight, 13, and eight wins total in singles play for the regular season.

The Patriots then lost to JMU 7-0 on Saturday, and Delaware 6-1 on Sunday.  Tori Zalewski won the lone point for the Patriots against Delaware, giving her a 10-win freshman season.  Zalewski had the third most singles wins on the team behind Blackwell (13), and Kate Desiatnikova (11).

The team honored their lone senior, Brooke Blackwell before Sunday's match.  It can be argued that Blackwell will leave Mason as one of the best and most consistent players in program history.

Blackwell set the Mason singles record with 66 career wins and combined with her doubles total she also set the record for total number of wins at 103.  Blackwell eclipsed former teammates Aryn Christman (59 career singles wins), and Lindsay Gray (99 career total wins), who both graduated last year.  However, Blackwell's most remarkable achievement was a 21-match winning streak that extended from her sophomore year into her junior year.

Head coach Stephen Curtis gave Blackwell the start in the No. 1 singles position, but after suffering an ankle injury, Blackwell was pulled.

"It was a tough decision to pull Brooke on her senior day," said coach Curtis.  "But her health going into CAA's this week is more important."

Despite a peaks and valleys statistical season and a plethora of injuries, coach Curtis is proud of his team's resiliance.  The Patriots will prepare this week to get ready for the CAA Championships against another year of strong conference competition.