Jan. 31, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh women's tennis team (1-1) is set to open the home portion of its schedule with a conference match against Georgetown on Saturday afternoon, followed by a contest with St. Bonaventure on Sunday. Both matches will be held at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center and first serve is set for 2 p.m. each day.
The Panthers are coming off a heartbreaking loss at Buffalo in which the final point was decided in a third set tiebreak in third singles. Pitt won the doubles point with victories in second and third doubles, and notched wins on courts five and six in singles.
Trailing 3-6, 0-4 in fifth singles, senior Karma Parbhu put together a furious comeback and won 12 straight games against Anamaria Candanoza to win her match 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Amanda Wickman was also victorious in singles as she defeated Marta Stoyanova is a straight set decision on court six, 6-0, 6-3. Both Parbhu and Wickman are 2-0 in singles this spring.
Doubles have been very strong for the Panthers through their first two matches. Pitt has won five of its six doubles contests this season and looks to continue that momentum against Georgetown, a team that defeated Pitt last season.
The Hoyas enter the weekend with a record of 1-1 and will play at Duquesne on Friday night prior to its match with Pitt. Georgetown was blanked by nationally-ranked VCU to open the season, and then defeated Campbell in its second match. St. Bonaventure is 0-2 and has suffered losses to Navy and St. Francis (Pa.).
These matches are the first of a four match home stand for the Panthers. Pitt will then host Bucknell and St. John's the following weekend.