Feb. 4, 2012
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.--Pitt head coach George Dieffenbach achieved his 500th career win, guiding the University of Pittsburgh women's tennis team to a 6-1 victory over Bucknell at the West Branch Tennis Club Saturday evening. The Panthers improved to 3-1 on the year.
Dieffenbach recorded 189 victories as the head coach of the men's program and has collected another 311 wins at the helm of the women's team.
He led the Panthers to their eighth-consecutive victory over the Bison this evening.
"Today's win was a strong team effort against an improved and intense Bucknell team," Dieffenbach said. "Competing hard and earning the doubles point helped. It also showed how much teamwork our program possesses."
The Panthers swept the doubles matches to earn the first point of the contest. The team of sophomores Jocelyn Lu and Taylor Washington were dominant in the No. 1 slot. They posted an 8-2 victory in their fourth win as a pair this season.
Junior Gabrielle Catanzariti and sophomore Kimmy Borza got the best of Bucknell's No. 2 doubles team with a score of 8-4. Similarly, Pitt's No. 3 pairing of freshmen Amanda Wickman and Molly Wickman captured an 8-4 victory.
In singles action, four Panthers recorded two-set wins. Lu gave up just one game in the No. 1 spot and tallied her 27th career singles win.
A. Wickman was also stingy as she limited her Bucknell counterpart to one game in each frame during No. 4 singles. A. Wickman's singles record moved to 7-3 overall.
In No. 3 singles, Washington shutout her opponent in the first stanza. She then posted a 6-3 tally in the second contest to secure her 10th singles victory' of the season, which includes a 7-2 fall record.
Borza registered a two-set win, claiming the match with scores of 6-2 and 6-4 in No. 6 singles. Her record now stands at 18-12.
In the No. 5 slot, M.Wickman earned a shutout in the first frame. In the second stanza she was bested 6-2, but rebounded with a 10-5 tally to secure the sixth team point for the Panthers.
Pitt returns to action on Friday, Feb. 10, hosting St. Francis (11 a.m.) at Alpha Tennis and Fitness Club in Harmarville, Pa.
"Pitt played strong in the doubles and followed that with smart decisions in the singles matches to clinch the victory," Dieffenbach added. "We now look forward to this weekend's three-straight contests at home."
1 Jocelyn Lu/Taylor Washington (Pitt) def. Daria Tuzhikova/Dumitrita Iepuras (BU) 8-2
2 Gabrielle Catanzariti/Kimmy Borza (Pitt) def. Courtney Casey/Elena Vidrascu (BU) 8-4
3 Amanda Wickman/Molly Wickman (Pitt) def Alyssa McAndrew/Jen Bush (BU) 8-4
1 Jocelyn Lu (Pitt) def Courtney Casey (BU) 6-1, 6-0
2 Dumitrita Iepuras (BU) def Gabrielle Catanzariti (Pitt) 1-6, 7-5, (10-8)
3 Taylor Washington (Pitt) def Elena Vidrascu (BU) 6-0, 6-3
4 Amanda Wickman (Pitt) def Alyssa McAndrew (BU) 6-1, 6-1
5 Molly Wickman (Pitt) def Jen Bush (BU) 6-0, 2-6, (10-5)
6 Kimmy Borza (Pitt) def. Lydia Colvin (BU) 6-2, 6-4