March 27, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Currently on its longest winning streak since 2007-08, the University of Pittsburgh tennis team (8-6) looks to continue its momentum with matches this weekend against Marshall University and No. 38 VCU at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center on the campus of Marshall.
Pitt has won four consecutive contests and can match the six in a row which was accomplished in 07-08 with a pair of wins this weekend. The Panthers will square off with the Thundering Herd (8-9) on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., and will then face its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season the next day against No. 38 VCU (14-4) in a neutral site battle.
WICKMAN CLOSING IN ON SINGLE-SEASON WINS RECORD:
Sophomore Amanda Wickman is putting together one of the most successful seasons in program history. She is currently 13-1 in singles this spring, and dating back to the fall she is 21-3 overall.
Kristy Borza set the bar for most singles wins in a season with 28 in 2007-08, and Wickman would need to win her five remaining regular-season matches, plus three contests in the Big East Tournament.
Wickman is also 16-6 in doubles this year, good for an overall record of 37-9 in singles and doubles combined.
Moving outside has proven to be an easy transition for the Panthers. Pitt is currently unblemished (3-0) when a match is outside, with wins coming against Savannah State, Coastal Carolina and Robert Morris.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
A perennial contender for Conference USA titles, the Herd has taken a step backwards this season and enter the match with a record of 8-9. MU is coming off a trip for Las Vegas, Nev., where they defeated UNVL and lost to conference foe No. 49 SMU.
VCU is the toughest team on Pitt’s schedule this year. The Rams are ranked 38th in the country and are currently winners of five in a row with wins over Maryland, No. 54 USF, No. 35 N.C. State, Brown and Old Dominion.