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Oct. 11, 2013

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt women's tennis team completed day one of the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center Collegiate Invite on Friday winning six of their seven doubles matches on the day.

"Any time we are able to win 6 out of 7 doubles matches in one morning it is definitely a big positive for our program," said head coach Alex Santos. "What kept us from having a perfect day in doubles was our inability to stay poised when we were down in the score.

The Panthers started out Flight 1 with Jocelyn Lu and Taylor Washington falling to Cannon and Krems, 8-2. They went on to win their second match, however, 8-6 to Stosljevie and Weinberg.

In Flight 2, Audrey Ann Blakely and Wickman defeated Brodsky and DiMuro, 8-3 and went on to capture the 8-5 win over Takenaga and Wiley.

Lolade Ogungbesan and Wickman defeated Keenan and Martiny 8-3 and Deluca and Prinos, 8-3 to advance in Flight 3.

In Flight 4, Kimmy Borza and Katherine Castro earned an 8-2 victory over Alderman and Learmonth.

"In singles I felt that we played not to lose in a couple of positions and we ended up paying a high price for that," continued Santos. "As we move forward we have to become a better team at taking leads and making the right decisions no matter the circumstances. It is really neat to see this team coming together, improving, raising their expectations, and pushing for bigger and better things. We are looking forward to getting back on the court tomorrow morning."

In Flight A singles, Blakely fell to Ellie Ball, 6-4, 3-6, 10-8. While in Flight B, Washington dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Monica Lin.

Castro suffered a 7-5, 2-6, 10-7 match to Gisela Castany in Flight D and Molly Wickman fell 2-6, 7-5, 10-7 to Farris Cunningham in Flight F.

The Panthers rebounded in Flight G with Ogungbesan capturing a 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 win over Ekaterina Tugarinova and went on to earn two wins in Flight H. Lu defeated Bianca Derrick 6-4, 6-2 and Borza defeated Amanda Pitocco 6-0, 6-1.

Pitt will continue action in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., at the tournament through Sunday.

Pitt Tennis Earns Six Doubles Wins In Day One

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