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March 11, 2017

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt tennis team earned their third win of the season, defeating Dayton, 6-1, Saturday at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center.
 
Pitt recorded five singles victories after clinching the double point in dominate fashion.
 
The Panthers breezed through doubles, winning both matches 6-0. On court two, senior Audrey Ann Blakely and sophomore Clara Lucas knocked off the Dayton duo of Mandy Marchant and Jade Kawamoto. Shortly after, redshirt senior Amber Washington and junior Callie Frey swept their match on court one over Marlys Bridgham and Mattea Kilstofte. The tandem of Gabriela Rezende and Natsumi Okamoto led their match 4-2 when the Panthers clinched the doubles point.
 
Leading 1-0 after doubles, Pitt captured their first point in singles when Washington defeated Bridgham 6-2, 6-1. Washington held a 3-2 lead in the first set before she rattled off three straight games to win 6-2. She carried that momentum into the second set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before finishing off the match with a 6-1 victory. Her 12th win of the season gave Pitt a 2-0 lead.
 
Dayton captured their first point when Jackie Kawamoto defeated Okamoto at No. 6, 6-4, 6-1. After falling behind 4-1 in the first set, Okamoto battled back to tie the set a 4-4 before dropping the next two games.
 
Pitt responded as Blakely earned her 10th win of the season, defeating Alex Townsend 6-3, 6-3 on court two. Blakely battled to a 3-3 tie in the second set before winning the final three games of the match to regain the two-point lead for the Panthers.
 
The Panthers roll continued when Frey defeated Jade Kawamoto 6-3, 6-3. The two sets were nearly identical as Frey jumped out to a 4-2 lead in both. Kawamoto made it 4-3 in the first set before Frey won the ensuing two games. Frey's 14th win of the season expanded the Panthers lead to 4-1.
 
Rezende added a win of her own on court three, 7-6, 6-2 over Kilstofte. After opening a 4-0 lead in the first set, Rezende dropped six of the next eight games, forcing a tiebreak. The sophomore won the tie break convincingly by a score of 7-3 to capture the first set. There was less drama in the second set as Rezende would again hold an early lead of 4-1, but would only drop one more game en route to giving Pitt a 5-1 lead.
 
Pitt concluded the dominant match with their fifth singles victory as Lucas defeated Natalie Allen 7-6, 6-3. Lucas found herself in a first set battle, trailing 4-3, before battling back to take a 5-4 lead. Dayton's Allen wouldn't go away quietly and forced a tiebreak in which Lucas would prevail in a close 7-5 decision. Set two was dominated early by Lucas, taking a 4-0 and not looking back on her way to a 6-3 win, giving Pitt their sixth point of the match.
 
The Panthers resume action Friday, March 17 as they host Boston College at 4 p.m. at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center.
 
Singles
1. Amber Washington (UP) def. Marlys Bridgham (UD) 6-2, 6-1
2. Audrey Ann Blakely (UP) def. Alex Townsend (UD) 6-3, 6-3
3. Gabriela Rezende (UP) def. Mattea Kilstofte (UD) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
4. Callie Frey (UP) def. Jade Kawamoto (UD) 6-3, 6-3
5. Clara Lucas (UP) def. Natalie Allen (UD) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
6. Jackie Kawamoto (UD) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-4, 6-1
 
Doubles
1. Amber Washington/Callie Frey (UP) def. Marlys Bridgham/Mattea Kilstofte (UD) 6-0
2. Audrey Ann Blakely/Clara Lucas (UP) def. Mandy Marchant/Jade Kawamoto (UD) 6-0
3. Gabriela Rezende/Natsumi Okamoto (UP) def. Alex Townsend/Natalie Allen (UD) 4-2
 
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,2,4,3,5)
Pitt Cruises Past Dayton, 6-1

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