Oct. 19, 2013
The Pitt tennis team continued competition Saturday in the USTA/ITA Regional Championship in Charlottesville, Va.
"I was extremely happy to have all of our players competing in the Regional tournament," said head coach Alex Santos. "It's an accomplishment in and of itself to be selected for this tournament, and the type of experience we are getting will help us to become a better team."
The duo of Katherine Castro and Lolade Ogungbesan dropped a close 8-6 match to Mrgole and Manole of West Virginia on Saturday morning. After earning a convincing win on Friday, Jocelyn Lu and Taylor Washington fell to Xi and Faure of Virginia, 8-2.
"Katherine and Lolade improved as a doubles team today," continued Santos. "If we are able to bring the level at which we were playing at the end of the match into practice we will become more complete tennis players. Taylor and Jocelyn saw a very solid doubles team from Virginia. They were competitive and there were only a few details separating us from making the match closer."
Senior Taylor Washington defeated Maci Epstein of Virginia in her main draw singles first round match, 6-1, 6-3. She will face Kelly Williford of Virginia Tech on Sunday. Amanda Wickman fell in her singles match, 6-3, 6-1, to Taylor Pinchoff of James Madison. And Castro dropped a 6-1, 6-1 match to Vivian Tsui of West Virginia.
"Taylor getting a win over a Virginia girl on their home courts was impressive," said Santos. "We have seen her game improve in the last few weeks and the type of tennis that she played today was high quality."
Additional singles action included Anais Nussaume of Temple defeating Kimmy Borza, 1-6, 7-5, 10-8; Audrey Ann Blakely falling to Yana Mavrina of Temple 6-2, 6-0; and Julia Casselbury (WMU) defeating Molly Wickman 6-3, 6-2.
Play continues on Sunday at the USTA/ITA Regional Championship with singles action for the Panthers.