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April 7, 2017

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to the 28th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons Friday afternoon at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center.
Redshirt senior Amber Washington and sophomore Gabriela Rezende were the lone Panthers to earn wins on the day. Washington's singles win came over the 45th-ranked Kimmy Guerin.
The Demon Deacons jumped to a 1-0 lead in the dual after clinching the doubles point. Wake Forest captured its first win on court two as the young tandem of Rezende and freshman Jovanna Knezevic dropped a 6-1 decision. Prior to claiming the point, Washington and senior Audrey Ann Blakely were tied on court one 5-5. However, junior Callie Frey and sophomore Clara Lucas fell 6-4 on court three to give the Deacs the 1-0 advantage.
Wake Forest secured the dual, 4-0, as it recorded three-straight singles wins on courts two, five and six.
Rezende turned in the first win for Pitt as she outlasted Anna Ulyashchenko at No. 3 singles. Rezende fell behind early in the first set, trailing as much as 4-0. She then worked her way back to win it 7-5. The Curitibia, Brazil, native dropped the second set 6-3, but battled her way back in the third set tiebreaker to take the match 10-1, bringing the dual score to 4-1 in favor of the Deacs.
Washington recorded the second and final win for the Panthers as she turned in a notable win over No. 45 Kimmy Guerin. The St. Paul, Minn., native dropped the first set 7-5, but fought her way back in the second to take it 6-4. She then outlasted her opponent in the third set tiebreaker 13-11 for the win at No. 1.
Frey was the last Pitt player to finish her match on the day as she dropped a hard-fought match to Chandler Carter at No. 4 singles. Frey fell in the first set 6-2 but came back to win the tiebreaker in the second set 7-3. However, her comeback fell short in the third as she fell 10-7.
The Panthers resume action Sunday, April 9 when the Virginia Tech Hokies pay a visit to the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center at 11 a.m.
1. Amber Washington (UP) def. #45 Kimmy Guerin (WF) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (13-11)
2. Emma Davis (WF) def. Audrey Ann Blakely (UP) 6-3, 6-0
3. Gabriela Rezende (UP) def. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-1)
4. Chandler Carter (WF) def. Callie Frey (UP) 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-7)
5. Luisa Fernandez (WF) def. Clara Lucas (UP) 6-2, 6-1
6. Courtney Meredith (WF) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-2, 6-2
1. Kimmy Guerin/Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) def. Audrey Ann Blakely/Amber Washington (UP) 6-5
2. Emma Davis/Chandler Carter (WF) def. Gabriela Rezende/Jovana Knezevic (UP) 6-1
3. Courtney Meredith/Alexis Franco (WF) def. Callie Frey/Clara Lucas (UP) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,6,3,1,4)
Two Panthers Earn Wins in Loss to Wake Forest

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