Sept. 27, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt tennis team hopes to continue to build on its performance Friday at the Hokie Fall Invitational, which runs through Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.
"I wasn't particularly happy with our overall doubles play today," said first-year head coach Alex Santos. "I felt that in certain spots our energy and competitiveness wasn't at the level that we are expecting within the Pitt tennis program.
"In singles, Audrey Ann, Amanda, and Molly did a great job of staying with the patterns and outcompeting their opponents. Tomorrow is a very important day to see if we can keep the consistency where we did well, and to see if we can rebound in the areas where we need improvement."
Pitt had great success in Flight B singles as Amanda Wickman defeated Meg Napolitano of Radford, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 and Rachel Nelson of James Madison 7-6(2), 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. Wickman will face Karli Timko of Marshall.
Also in Flight B, freshman Audrey Ann Blakely earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mariely Hassey of Liberty and moved on to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Rachel Morales of Marshall. Blakely will meet up with Carol Kahoun of Virginia Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Molly Wickman is the Panthers third competitor advancing to the semifinals as she went undefeated on the day in Flight C singles. Wickman started off the day with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 win over Lauren Mabe of Liberty. She rounded out her day with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Anne Gulsrud of Marshall. She will face Brittany Yany of Liberty on Saturday at 11 a.m.
In Flight A singles, Taylor Washington fell in her opening match after battling 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to Taylor Pinchoff of James Madison. She won her next match in the consolation bracket against Rebekah Jenkins of Liberty, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(9). Washington is set to meet up with Daria Yakauleva of Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday at noon.
Kimmy Borza dropped her first round matchup in Flight A to Kai Broomfield of Marshall, 6-3, 6-1. Borza advanced on a bye in the consolation bracket and will face Olga Barscheuskaya of VCU on Satuday at noon.
In Flight B, Katherine Castro fell 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round to Sitilia Rencheli of VCU and dropped her first match in the consolation bracket 6-2, 6-2 to Grace Sarver of Radford. Castro will take on Jackqueline Palmucci of JMU on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Senior Jocelyn Lu dropped a 6-3, 6-1 match to Brittany Yang of Liberty in Flight C and defeated Allison Michael of Radford 6-2, 6-0 to set up a meeting with Lauren Mabe of Liberty on Saturday at 11 a.m. Also in Fight C, freshman Lolade Ogungbesan won her first match 6-1, 6-1 over Annisha Domenech of Liberty. She then fell to Sarah Kahn of James Madison in a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 battle. Ogungbesan will face Valerie Thong of Liberty on Saturday at 11 a.m.
In Flight A doubles, the duo of Borza and Blakely defeated Newman and Valls of Radford 8-4 and will be back on the court at 9 a.m. on Saturday against Oppinger and Morales of Marshall. Washington and Amanda Wickman dropped an 8-3 matchup against Ivanovic and Martinez-Marcos of Virginia Tech and will face Sarver and Napolitano of Radford in the consolation bracket on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Castro and Molly Wickman earned an 8-2 win over Peyton and Ramthun of Virginia Tech in Flight B doubles and will face Andriescu and Wirth of JMU on Saturday at 9 a.m. Pitt's final duo of Lu and Ogungbesan dropped an 8-2 match to Jenkins and Richard of Liberty and will meet up with Fay and Michael of Radford Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Panthers continue action through Sunday at the Hokie Fall Invite, hosted by ACC foe Virginia Tech.
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