March 15, 2014
The Pitt tennis team (4-5) earned a 5-2 win on Saturday afternoon against crosstown rival Duquesne (5-6) at Alpha Tennis and Fitness.
The Panthers picked up the doubles point with two wins in the tiebreak. On court one for doubles, Audrey Ann Blakely and Taylor Washington were up 7-3 at one point, but the Dukes’ Sarah Shashura and Zuzanna Stelmaszak fought back to tie it up at 7-7. Pitt took the 8-7 lead and won the tiebreak 7-2. Pitt secured the doubles point on court three when Pitt seniors Kimmy Borza and Jocelyn Lu battled from a 7-4 deficit to take the 8-7 lead and went on to win the tiebreak 7-3.
In No. 1 singles, 86th-ranked Audrey Ann Blakely dropped her first set 6-2 to Judy Li of Duquesne, but clawed back, taking the 7-5 win in set two and won the tiebreak 6-1.
Senior Taylor Washington also had to fight for her win on court two, taking the first set against Alexa Miller, 6-4. Miller responded with a 6-4 win in the second set and Washington secured the match victory for Pitt with a 6-2 tiebreak.
Borza and freshman Lolade Ogungbesan dominated in their matches as Borza won 6-0, 6-0 over Spencer Caravaggio on court 5 and Ogungbesan won 6-1, 6-1 on No. 3 against Zuzanna Stelmaszak.
The Panthers return to conference action next weekend when they travel to No. 45 Boston College on March 21 and No. 5 Virginia on March 23.
No. 1 Audrey Ann Blakely/Taylor Washington (PITT) def. Sarah Shashura/Zuzanna Stelmaszak (DU) 8-7 (7-2)
No. 2 Molly Wickman/Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) vs. Judy Li/Alexa Miller (DU) 6-6, DNF
No. 3 Kimmy Borza/Jocelyn Lu (PITT) vs. Chandler Consonery/Megan Wasson (DU) 8-7 (7-3)
No. 1 #86 Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT) def. Judy Li (DU) 2-6, 7-5 (6-1)
No. 2 Taylor Washington (PITT) def. Alexa Miller (DU) 6-4, 4-6 (6-2)
No. 3 Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) def. Zuzanna Stelmaszak (DU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Chandler Consonery (DU) def. Katherine Castro (PITT) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Kimmy Borza (PITT) def. Spencer Caravaggio (DU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 Sarah Shashura (DU) def. Amanda Wickman (PITT) 6-3, 6-3