April 3, 2014
The Pitt tennis team (4-9, 0-9 ACC) hosts 61st-ranked Syracuse on Friday at 5 p.m. and will travel to No. 20 Notre Dame on Sunday for an 11 a.m. match this weekend.
“Every girl on our team has been able to compete at an incredibly high level and to earn victories against some of the best players in college tennis at various times throughout the season,” said head coach Alex Santos. “We now need a collective team effort where every girl shows up on match day and is accountable for what happens on her court. We have the ability to execute when faced with adversity but only when we show enormous care and belief. We are at a moment in the season when we’ll have the opportunity to show who we are as players, as a team, and as a program.”
Pitt has had three different players earn a win over a ranked singles opponent during the ACC season including sophomore Lolade Ogungbesan defeating No. 31 Hanna Mar of Duke, freshman Audrey Ann Blakely defeating No. 40 Kelsey Laurente of Miami and senior Taylor Washington taking down No. 47 Whitney Kay of North Carolina. Blakely remains in the rankings this week at No. 114.
Syracuse enters the weekend as the 61st-ranked team in the nation, but holds just a 3-10 overall record (3-5 in the ACC). When the Orange come to town to face the Panthers on Friday, it will mark their first opponent this season that is unranked.
Notre Dame comes into the weekend winners of their last two, including a 7-0 win over #70 Wake Forest. The Irish now sit at No. 20 in the polls with a 10-8 overall record (3-6 in the ACC). The Irish are led by the No. 41 singles player in the nation, Quinn Gleason, who upset North Carolina’s 5th-ranked Hayley Carter last month with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
All Pitt tennis home matches are played at Alpha Tennis and Fitness. Admission is free to the public.