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Oct. 8, 2011

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The University of Pittsburgh women’s tennis team completed the second day of action in the eighth annual Martha Thorn Invitational hosted by West Virginia University on Saturday. Three Panthers earned a berth in the finals of singles action to be played on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Freshman Molly Wickman advanced to the Flight B Championship scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wickman upset top-seeded Emily Lauten (Virginia Tech) following a come-from-behind performance in the semifinals. After losing the first frame, 6-3, Wickman earned a 6-1 victory in the second set. She then won 6-2 in the tiebreaker. Wickman faces Kate Blow (VT) in the title match.

Pitt is guaranteed to have a champion in Flight C singles as sophomore Kimmy Borza and junior Karma Parbhu garnered a spot in the finals. Borza claimed a 6-2, 6-0 victory over senior Minh Evans in the semifinals. Additionally, Parbhu held off Catie Wickline (WVU) with a 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 win.

With just one loss in singles play this weekend, junior Gabrielle Catanzariti and sophomore Jocelyn Lu will face one another in the fifth-place match on Sunday. In Saturday action, Catanzariti forced a tiebreaker in after dropping the first set 6-3 to Ikttesh Chahal (WVU). In the second set, Catanzariti won, 6-2, and then outlasted her opponent by an 11-9 score in the decider.

Lu, on the other hand, nearly swept all the games against her opponent. She defeated Vanessa Steiner (Duquesne) with scores of 6-1 and 6-0.

Playing for fifth place in Flight B of singles action, freshman Amanda Wickman will meet Paula Gruber (Duq) on Sunday. Wickman posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Chandler Consonary earlier today.

In the consolation finals of Flight B, sophomore Taylor Washington plays Mary Chupa (WVU) at 10:30 a.m. Washington advanced to the title match with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seeded Kara Sherwood (Cleveland State).

In doubles, Borza and Catanzariti advanced to the finals of the Flight B with a semifinal victory over a duo from Cleveland State. Pitt plays West Virginia (Chupa/Tanik) in the championship match at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Evans and Parbhu won in doubles quarterfinal action in Flight B’s consolation bracket. The pair dropped their semifinal match to WVU’s doubles team of Cardenas/Wickline.

Rounding out the Panthers in doubles action, Washington and Lu were outlasted by a pair from Duquesne, 8-6, in the top flight, while Amanda and Molly Wickman fell, 8-4, in their semifinal match against West Virginia.

Women's Tennis Completes Day Two of Martha Thorn Invitational

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