Sept. 22, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Pitt tennis continued its success on Saturday at the Bill & Sandra Moore Invitational, hosted by Navy.
One final on Sunday will feature two Pitt Panthers as both Lolade Ogungbesan and Molly Wickman advanced to the Flight D final with two wins each on Saturday. Ogungbesan defeated Costes of Navy (6-1, 6-0) and L. Forlini of Air Force (6-1, 6-2). Wickman earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Easdale of Towson and defeated Rudico of Air Force 6-1, 6-3.
"Molly definitely showed a high level of fitness and competitiveness on the court," said head coach Alex Santos. "It's still early in the season, but I'm impressed with what I've seen so far and excited to keep developing her game. Lolade played one more day of almost flawless tennis and I was very pleased with her focus and level of energy."
In the Flight C singles, freshman Audrey Ann Blakely will also make an appearance in the finals after earning a 6-1, 6-0 win over Channell of Navy and a 6-4, 6-2 win over C. Forlini of Air Force on Saturday.
"Audrey Ann is making an impact with both her doubles and singles play," said Santos. "I enjoyed seeing Audrey Ann's aggressiveness on the court by the way she was always looking to dictate play. Both Lolade and Audrey Ann have been very recent additions to Pitt Tennis, but they are assimilating extremely fast into our core values as a program."
Senior Jocelyn Lu suffered a setback on Friday with a loss, but rebounded in Saturday's play earning a spot in the Flight B consolation finals. Lu defeated Boers of George Mason, 8-2, and captured an 8-4 win over Hueffner of Air Force.
"Jocelyn did a fantastic job bouncing back from her singles loss yesterday and we believe that her mindset is in the right place in terms of prioritizing her game development.
In Flight A doubles, Amanda Wickman and Taylor Washington had a strong Friday, but fell on Saturday, 8-4, to Rizvi and Magday of Air Force. In her singles match, Washington fell 6-4, 3-6, 16-14 to Tran of Air Force in Flight A singles. In B singles, Wickman dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Pasricha of Farleigh Dickinson.
"Taylor and Amanda started doubles a little slow and ended up paying for that," said Santos. "Nevertheless, they demonstrated that they have the potential and capacity to be a very competitive doubles team.
"In singles I was proud of Taylor," continued Santos. "Taylor was poised and calm, and even though she lost her match because of a few little details she is taking the right steps to develop in the right way as both a player and person. Amanda is just an incredible fighter. She is one of those players that you want to have out there when the match is on the line. If we can add one more dimension to Amanda's tennis I feel that the future will be bright for her."
Senior Kimmy Borza advanced to the semifinals of the Flight A singles with a 7-6(9), 7-6(4) win over Rizvi of Air Force and a 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 win over Antill of Navy. Borza dropped a 6-2, 6-4 match to Lizanna of Towson to bow out in the semifinals.
In doubles, Borza and Blakely teamed up in Flight B, defeating Pasricha and Leme of Farleigh Dickinson, 8-4. The duo will meet Hueffner and Myers of Air Force in the finals on Sunday.
"Kimmy's level of overall competitiveness just makes me proud," said Santos. "She battled her heart out on the tennis court today and she was points away from placing herself in the singles final. Tomorrow is another important day for our program and we definitely want to finish on a high note."
Competition at Navy in the three-day tournament concludes on Sunday.