March 30, 2014
The Pitt tennis team (4-9, 0-9 ACC) picked up a point against No. 1-ranked Duke, but fell to the Blue Devils 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Alpha Tennis and Fitness.
Assistant Coach Emily Fraser
In doubles, Duke captured the point with two easy victories. The No. 6-ranked team of Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar defeated Pitt’s Taylor Washington and Audrey Ann Blakely, 8-2. On court three, Amanda Wickman and Kimmy Borza dropped an 8-1 decision to Duke’s Annie Mulholland and Marianne Jodoin.
On court three, Pitt picked up a huge point as freshman Lolade Ogungbesan defeated 31st-ranked Hanna Mar of Duke, 1-6, 6-4, 10-7. Ogungbesan got off to a bit of a slow start, but battled back to win the second set. In the third, she quickly pulled away and held control to earn the win and the point for the Panthers.
Pitt has now had wins over ranked players by three different Panthers this season including Ogungbesan, Audrey Ann Blakely and Taylor Washington.
Freshman Lolade Ogungbesan
At No. 2, Taylor Washington cruised in the first set 6-2 against Chalena Scholl but the roles were reversed in the second set as Scholl won 6-1. In the third set Duke picked up the win with the 6-2 decision off a strong set by Scholl.
held her own against No. 89-ranked Alyssa Smith on court four, keeping it close in the first set. Smith scored the final two points in the first set to take it 6-3. She went on to win the second set 6-2 and earn the match point for the Blue Devils.
On court one, Audrey Ann Blakely was up 5-2 in the first set on 24th-ranked Ester Goldfeld, but Goldfeld fought back and earned the first set win 7-6 (4). She went on to win the second set 6-1 to capture the point for Duke.
At No. 5, Amanda Wickman was forced to forfeit due to an injury with the score 6-1, 3-0 in favor of Duke’s Annie Mulholland. On court six, senior Jocelyn Lu fell to Duke’s Marianne Jodoin, 6-0, 6-0.
1. #6 Beatrice Capra/Hanna Mar (Duke) def. Taylor Washington/Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT) 8-2
2. #24 Ester Goldfeld/Alyssa Smith (Duke) vs. Jocelyn Lu/Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) 5-4 unfinished
3. Annie Mulholland/Marianne Jodoin (Duke) def. Amanda Wickman/Kimmy Borza (PITT) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1
1. #24 Ester Goldfeld (Duke) def. #114 Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT) 7-6 (4), 6-1
2. Chalena Scholl (Duke) def. Taylor Washington (PITT) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) def. #31 Hanna Mar (Duke) 1-6, 6-4, 10-7
4. #89 Alyssa Smith (Duke) def. Kimmy Borza (PITT) 6-3, 6-2
5. Annie Mulholland (Duke) def. Amanda Wickman (PITT) forfeit (inj.) 6-1, 3-0
6. Marianne Jodoin (Duke) def. Jocelyn Lu (PITT) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5,6,4*,2,1,3