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Oct. 18, 2013

PITTSBURGH - Pitt's women's tennis team wrapped up day one of the USTA/ITA Regional Championships on the campus of the University of Virginia.

"Our first goal of the day was to have one more player in the singles main draw, along with Katherine and Taylor, and Amanda was able to accomplish that," said head coach Alex Santos. "Amanda has a tremendous heart and she can last for hours on the tennis court. She didn't start the day playing her best tennis, but she was able to fight through some initial nerves and get the job done. In her second match, I was pleased to see her going after her shots and assuming the responsibility of dictating play.

In the singles qualifying bracket, Amanda Wickman won two matches to advance to the main draw to play on Sunday. Wickman defeated Carmen Lai of Delaware, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, and Carmen Sandor of Penn State, 6-3, 6-1.

Wickman will face Taylor Pinchoff of James Madison on Sunday. Also competing in singles on Sunday are Washington against Maci Epstein of Virginia and Castro will face Vivian Tsui of West Virginia.

"Taylor and Jocelyn were able to get the job done efficiently on the doubles court," continued Santos. "They are starting to understand the importance of playing every point as if it's the last. Molly and Amanda could have done a better job of communicating and of combining their offensive and defensive skills on the doubles court. Audrey Ann and Kimmy were a couple of points away from winning their match, but didn't make high percentage decisions during the crucial points. We have four players competing tomorrow and we are looking forward to being tested."

Lu and Washington defeated Macchiavello and Lhorca of Norfolk State, 8-1, to advance in the main doubles draw. The duo of Wickman and Wickman fell 8-4 to Thong and Yang of Liberty in the first round, while Kimmy Borza and Audrey Ann Blakely dropped an 8-6 decision to Batey and Doms of Temple.

In extra singles matches, Molly Wickman defeated Malfada Lhorca of Norfolk State, 6-0, and Lolade Ogungbesan defeated Olivia Gaudreault of Maryland, 6-4, 6-0.

The Panthers continue action tomorrow at the five-day USTA/ITA Regional Championships.

Pitt Tennis Concludes First Day at USTA/ITA Regional Championships

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