March 12, 2013
HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Coming off one of its biggest wins in program history, the University of Pittsburgh women’s tennis team (5-6) hits the road to take on Savannah State (2-8) Wednesday morning and Coastal Carolina (6-4) Thursday evening.
As part of their Spring Break training trip, the Panthers have been in Hilton Head, S.C. since Monday, and will make the short commute to Savannah, Ga. for a Wednesday morning match with the Tigers at 10 a.m. The Panthers will then travel back to Hilton Head for a neutral site match with Coastal Carolina on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. These two matches mark the first time Pitt will play outside this season.
PITT DEFEATS RUTGERS:
The Panthers defeated Rutgers 4-3 last Sunday, and in doing so, registered the program’s first ever win against the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers had won the previous 18 meetings, and with Pitt trailing 3-0 in the contest, the Panthers put together a furious comeback to take the match.
After Rutgers won the doubles point and the first two singles matches, the Panthers received singles victories from Taylor Washington (Court 1), Kimmy Borza (Court 3) and Molly Wickman (Court 6) to even the match at 3-3. From there, it was up to Amanda Wickman in fourth singles. Wickman dropped the first set to Mariam Zein 6-2, but then won a close second set 7-5. It was all Wickman in third as she won 6-3 and clinched Pitt’s historic victory. Wickman owns a team-best 10-1 singles record.
Including these two matches, Pitt ends the season with six of its final eight matches on the road. Two of those matches however, are against Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon in which the Panthers are the designated away team.
Pitt’s last true road trip comes March 29-30 when the Panthers travel to Huntington, W.Va. to take on Marshall and No. 46 VCU. The Big East Tournament is set for April 18-20 in Tampa, Fla.