Feb. 22, 2014
Pitt’s tennis team suffered its first match of the season on the road at No. 47-ranked Virginia Tech, 6-1. The Panthers fell to 3-1, while the Hokies improved to 7-2.
“In doubles we didn't start with the best energy,” said head coach Alex Santos. “We got down early on two courts and although we fought back it ended up being too little, too late and ultimately the slow start cost us the doubles point. However, we showed that we are definitely competitive and tomorrow we will need to start with the same level that we finished with in doubles today.
“In singles we weren't able to execute with the level of perfection that we needed during a few particular moments,” continued Santos. “I give credit to Virginia Tech for having the experience and the maturity to handle those moments better than we did. I really like the way this team is growing and most importantly the pace at which we are doing so. Tomorrow we have another great test in front of us in Wake Forest and our ability to be successful will depend upon our ability to improve some of the details we have discussed in our team meeting.”
Pitt won at No. 2 doubles as Audrey Ann Blakely and Amanda Wickman defeated Ilinca Stoica and Kelly Williford, 8-5. The Panthers dropped the doubles point, however, falling at No. 1 (8-4) and at No. 3 (8-4).
Pitt picked up its point at No. 5 singles as junior Amanda Wickman defeated Raluca Mita, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. One other singles matches went into a tie breaker as Molly Wickman fell at No. 6 to Carol Kahoun in a hard-fought 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6) match.
Jocelyn Lu at No. 1 singles fell to the No. 90-ranked player in the nation in a tight match, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. On court two, Blakely fell in her first singles or doubles match of the season, 6-0, 6-1, to Stocia. At No. 3, freshman Lolade Ogungbesan fell to Williford, 6-4, 6-2, and at No. 5 Katherine Castro fell to Isel Martinez-Marcos, 7-5, 6-4.
Pitt continues its road trip on Sunday with a noon match at No. 50 Wake Forest.
No. 1 Francesca Fusinato/Raluca Mita (VT) def. Jocelyn Lu/Taylor Washington (Pitt) 8-4
No. 2 Audrey Ann Blakely/Amanda Wickman (Pitt) def. Ilinca Stoica/Kelly Williford (VT) 8-5
No. 3 Tea Ivanovic/Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) def. Lolade Ogungbesan/Molly Wickman (Pitt) 8-4
Order of finish: 3,2,1*
No. 1 #90 Francesca Fusinato (VT) def. Taylor Washington (Pitt) 7-6 (6), 6-3
No. 2 Ilinca Stoica (VT) def. Audrey Ann Blakely (Pitt) 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 Kelly Williford (VT) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (Pitt) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Isel Martinez-Marcos (VT) def. Katherine Castro (Pitt) 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 Amanda Wickman (Pitt) vs. Raluca Mita (VT) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
No. 6 Carol Kahoun (VT) def. Molly Wickman (Pitt) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (6)
Order of finish: 2,3,1*,4,5,6