Oct. 12, 2013
The Pitt tennis team earned quality victories on Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center Collegiate Invite, setting up an exciting final day for the Panthers.
"Winning 16 out of 19 matches today was extremely impressive," said assistant coach Emily Fraser. "The girls played with great confidence and poise. We are beginning to show a greater awareness of the big picture and an appreciation for the steps we need to take as well as the perspective we need to keep in order to accomplish our long term goals. The girls are continuing to show the high level that they are capable of on the doubles court by making 3 out of 4 possible doubles finals."
It will be an all Pitt final in the Flight H Singles as seniors Kimmy Borza and Jocelyn Lu will face each other Sunday in the championship. Borza earned a 6-2, 6-0 win over Taya Zoubareva of St. Francis in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat Abby Martinez of Deleware 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals. Lu defeated Christine Foote 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and took down Amy Li of Columbia in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-2.
In Flight E Singles, Amanda Wickman followed up her Friday win of 6-3, 6-2 over Shea Brodsky of Binghamton with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Shivani Patel of St. Francis on Saturday. Wickman fell in the semifinals to Nicole Chis of Farleigh Dickenson, 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.
Freshman Lolade Ogungbesan fell in the semifinals after she defeated Anna Gyryanova of Seton Hall, 7-5, 6-0, in the quarterfinals. Ogungbesan dropped the semifinal match to Angelica Sidorenko of Charleston Southern, 6-2, 6-4.
"We are proud to have both teams of Molly and Lolade, and Audrey Ann and Amanda playing off for a doubles title, as well as Kimmy and Jocelyn both representing our program in an all Pitt singles final," continued Fraser. "We will come out with the same determination and energy on Sunday morning as we did today, and show that we are ready to achieve great things on the tennis court."
In Flight 2 Doubles, the tandem of Audrey Ann Blakely and Amanda Wickman will play in the title match Sunday morning after an 8-6 victory over June Lee and Amanda Lin of Harvard in the semifinals.
The Flight 3 finals will feature Ogungbesan and Molly Wickman, who defeated Jessica Birowski and Giada D'Ortona of Texas-Arlington, 9-8(2).
Pitt's doubles team of Borza and Katherine Castro fell in the Flight 4 Doubles final with an 8-5 loss to Destiny Grunin and Natalya Naumova of Delaware.
The Panthers will have two doubles teams and two individuals compete on Sunday in the final day of the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center Collegiate Invite.