March 7, 2014
The Pitt tennis team dropped a 6-1 match to No. 13 Miami on Friday afternoon at home, moving to 3-4 on the season. Freshman Audrey Ann Blakely earned a win at No. 1 over the 40th-ranked player in the nation, Kelsey Laruente.
Despite dropping the doubles point, the Panthers were extremely competitive on courts two and three. Miami’s 24th-ranked team of Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno defeated Blakely and Amanda Wickman, 8-2 on court one.
Pitt’s doubles team of Kimmy Borza and Jocelyn Lu held the lead most of the set, but the Hurricanes’ squad of Stephanie Wagner and Lina Lileikite came back to win 8-5 on court three. No. 2 doubles was left unfinished as Melissa Bolivar and Laruente held a slight 6-5 lead on Pitt’s Molly Wickman and Lolade Ogungbesan.
Blakely fought hard for her first set victory, earning the 7-5 set. She cruised through the second set, winning 6-1 and giving the Panthers their lone point of the match.
Pitt returns to action on Sunday at 10 a.m. as it hosts No. 15-ranked Clemson at Alpha Tennis and Fitness. Admission is free to the public.
No. 1 #24 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Audrey Ann Blakely/Amanda Wickman (PITT) 8-2
No. 2 #48 Melissa Bolivar/Kelsey Laruente (UM)vs. Molly Wickman/Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) DNF (6-5)
No. 3 Stephanie Wagner/Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Jocelyn Lu/Kimmy Borza (PITT) 8-5
Order of finish: 1,3*
No. 1 Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT) def. #40 Kelsey Laruente (UM) 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 #71 Stephanie Wagner (UM) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Amanda Wickman (PITT) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Molly Wickman (PITT) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Melissa Bolivar (UM) def. Kimmy Borza (PITT) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Monique Albuquerque (UM) def. Jocelyn Lu (PITT) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 2,3,4*,6,1,5
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