April 13, 2014
The Pitt tennis team (4-13, 0-13 ACC) dropped a 5-2 decision on the road at No. 45-ranked Florida State on Sunday, but earned two singles matches in the process.
“I'm proud of the way we competed today,” said head coach Alex Santos. “I felt that we were actually really close to taking the doubles point and starting the match on the right foot. In singles we took two out of four points against a team that was the runner up at last year's ACC tournament, which says a lot about the direction that this program is heading in.
“One of the coolest things about this group is their ability to listen and to make the appropriate changes. The way Taylor played in singles today was impressive. The level of tennis that she played was extremely high, but even more important than that she competed like a champion. Amanda put in the extra work leading up into this weekend and today she left her heart out on the court, so it's no surprise that she is now able to leave with a great win under her belt. We are all excited with the last part of our season. The girls are fresh emotionally and physically, and are all eager to play more tennis. We are getting closer to becoming a complete team.
Florida State claimed the doubles point after winning on courts one and three. Washington and Audrey Ann Blakely were unable to hold off 77th-ranked Kerrie Cartwright and Daneika Borthwick of Florida State, falling 8-3 on court one. Katherine Castro and Molly Wickman put up a fight on court three, but dropped a tough 8-5 decision to Duda Santos and Daniela Schippers.
Washington worked quickly on court two and tied up the match at 1-1 with a dominating 6-0, 7-5 win over Kerrie Cartwright. The Seminoles fought back, however, winning the next four matches to earn the team win.
Blakely fell on court one to Borthwick, 6-1, 6-4 followed by Molly Wickman dropping a 6-0, 6-4 match on court five to Schleich.
The match was decided on court four as Schippers of Florida State took down Castro in a 6-1, 6-4 decision. Florida State took the 5-1 lead on court three when Florida State’s Vriens claimed the 6-3, 6-3 win over Ogungbesan.
The final match decided on the day was on court six and Pitt’s Amanda Wickman put together a valiant performance. Wickman battled FSU’s Majlenda Pedersen to a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) victory, ending the match with a 5-2 score.
Pitt concludes the regular season with a home match against NC State on Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. for Senior Day at Alpha Tennis and Fitness.
1. #77 Kerrie Cartwright/Daneika Borthwick (FS) def. Taylor Washington/Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT) 8-3
2. Mia Vriens/Kristina Schleich (FS) vs. Jocelyn Lu/Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) 7-6, unfinished
3. Duda Santos/Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Katherine Castro/Molly Wickman (PITT) 8-5
1. Daneika Borthwick (FS) def. Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT) 6-1, 6-4
3. Mia Vriens (FS) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) 6-3, 6-3
4. Daniela Schippers (FS) def. Katherine Castro (PITT) 6-1, 6-4
5. Kristina Schleich (FS) def. Molly Wickman (PITT) 6-0, 6-4
6. Amanda Wickman (PITT) def. Majlena Pedersen (FS) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,5,4,3,6)
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