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April 4, 2012

HARMARVILLE, Pa.—Freshman Amanda Wickman tallied her 13th singles win of the season to lead the University of Pittsburgh women’s tennis team to a 4-3 victory over Duquesne on Senior Day at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Club Wednesday afternoon.

With the match on the line, A Wickman sealed the deal when she claimed her second three-set win of the season. A. Wickman was down 4-3 in her first set. She battled back, but fell 7-5. In the second set, A. Wickman gained momentum and won the first game. She then moved ahead 3-2 before claiming the set at 6-2. A. Wickman continued to push, leading 5-0 over Chandler Consonery of Duquesne in the third set. She secured the win with a 6-2 tally.

“This was a great victory for us,” Pitt head coach George Dieffenbach said. “I am pleased with the full team effort we displayed on the court.”

Sophomore Taylor Washington dominated in singles, claiming a pair of 6-1 scores in her 19th win of the season. She recorded her fourth consecutive straight-set victory of the year.

Washington’s win tied the match at 1-1. Duquesne, however, rallied two singles wins in No. 1 and No. 2 singles and pulled ahead 3-1.

“I realized we had our work cut out for us when we went down 3-1 and I saw we lost the first set in two other matches,” assistant coach Kristy Borza said. “We got in a hole and showed determination because we knew we had to win the last three matches.”

In No. 5 singles, freshman Molly Wickman gave Pitt its second point of the match when she captured a straight-set victory. M. Wickman came-from-behind to tie the first set at six, which she later won 7-6. She then earned another 7-6 decision over Duquesne’s Tara Majdalani in the second set.

One court over, sophomore Kimmy Borza was leading Paula Gruber of Duquesne, 5-2, in the third set at the conclusion of M. Wickman’s contest. Borza used an ace and a winner past her opponent to take the final game. Earlier in the match, Borza lost the first set 6-3. She was later down 5-2 in the second set, but clawed back to within one, 5-4. She eventually tied it at 6-6 and outlasted Gruber in the end.

Despite a win in No. 1 doubles, the Panthers dropped the doubles point. Pitt’s No. 1 pairing of sophomore Jocelyn Lu and Washington posted an 8-6 pro set. The duo won the first game after Washington hit a winner down the opposite line. The Panthers and Dukes would see-saw between the next few games, but Pitt held a 7-6 advantage at a break. Lu and Washington would both make aggressive plays in the final game to take the win.

“Duquesne is a good team,” Dieffenbach added. “This match was a challenge but we pulled it out. It was a fitting way to say congrats to the seniors on a great career at Pitt. “

Seniors Melissa Bostwick and Minh Evans were honored prior to the match. Both will conclude their careers after graduating at the end of the month.

Up next, the Panthers (9-7) will make a short trip down Forbes Ave. on Wednesday, April 11 when they face Carnegie Mellon at 4 p.m.

1. Vanessa Steiner (DUQ) def. Jocelyn Lu (PITT) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. Megan O’Sullivan (DUQ) def. Gabrielle Catanzariti (PITT) 6-1, 6-3
3. Taylor Washington (PITT) def. Judy Li (DUQ) 6-1, 6-1
4. Amanda Wickman (PITT) def. Chandler Consonery (DUQ) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
5. Molly Wickman (PITT) def. Tara Majdalani (DUQ) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3)
6. Kimmy Borza (PITT) def. Paula Gruber (DUQ) 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2

1. Jocelyn Lu/Taylor Washington (PITT) def. Megan O’Sullivan/Judy Li (DUQ) 8-6
2. Vanessa Steiner/Paula Gruber (DUQ) def. Gabrielle Catanzariti/Kimmy Borza (PITT) 9-8 (6)
3. Tara Majdalani/Chandler Consonery (DUQ) def. Amanda Wickman/Molly Wickman (PITT) 8-6

Women's Tennis Outlasts Duquesne, 4-3

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