April 18, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Pittsburgh tennis team (10-10) defeated Georgetown (14-7) in the opening round of the Big East Championship Tournament on Thursday morning by the score of 4-1 at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
The 10-seeded Panthers registered their second win in the opening round of the Big East Tournament in program history and avenged a 5-2 loss to Georgetown from earlier in the season. Pitt will now play tournament host and second-seeded USF on Friday morning at 9 a.m.
"The score might not indicate it, but that was such a close match," interim head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins said. "Almost every singles match could have gone either way, and we knew Georgetown was going to be tough. After dropping the doubles point, we bounced right back and took the momentum away from the Hoyas. I am so proud of the girls and how they competed for every point.
"Closing out a match like that is a testament to the hard work the girls have put in this year. We hope to build off this match and continue the momentum tomorrow against a very good USF team."
Despite an 8-1 victory in third doubles from Kimmy Borza and Karma Parbhu, Georgetown went up 1-0 by capturing the doubles point with wins on courts one and two.
The Panthers though, won singles matches on courts one, two, three and six to clinch a berth into the quarterfinals.
Jocelyn Lu evened the match at 1-1 when she defeated Kelly Comolli in straight sets on court two, 6-4, 6-1. Taylor Washington then gave Pitt the lead by winning No. 1 singles over Victoria Sekely 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
Borza then put the Panthers on the verge of victory by winning her match on court three over Madeline Jaeger in three sets, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. Parbhu clinched the victory on court six with a come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Taylor Perz.
Amanda Wickman in fourth singles and Molly Wickman in fifth singles left their match unfinished when the outcome of the contest had been decided in favor of Pitt.
The Panthers look to advance to their first ever Big East Tournament semifinals with a victory against USF tomorrow. The Bulls are currently ranked No. 57 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings.