April 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh tennis team (9-10) defeated Carnegie Mellon (8-6) on Friday afternoon by the score of 6-1 in Pitt’s regular-season finale at the CMU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
"I thought the girls played really well today in tough, windy conditions," interim head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins said. "It was a great way to end our regular-season and send us to the Big East Tournament with some momentum. Every match we play down there will be a very tough test and we look forward to the challenge."
The Panthers surged ahead 1-0 by taking two of three doubles matches from the Tartans. Jocelyn Lu and Karma Parbhu were the first to finish as the newly formed duo defeated Hamstra/Tapak in third doubles 8-1. The Wickman sisters secured the point for Pitt as they cruised to an 8-2 victory over Pratt/Utkin in first doubles.
Moving to singles, Taylor Washington gave Pitt a 2-0 advantage on court one with a straight set, 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Pratt. The Panthers then went up 3-0 with a victory in fourth singles courtesy of Amanda Wickman who defeated CMU’s Abbey Hamstra 6-0, 6-1.
Lu clinched the match by putting the Panthers ahead 4-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Elizabeth Martin in second singles. Molly Wickman in fifth singles (6-1, 6-3) and Parbhu in sixth singles (3-6, 6-1, 10-8) also recorded victories for the Panthers.
Pitt will now await its seed for the upcoming Big East Tournament which will be held next weekend, April 18-20, in Tampa, Fla.
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