April 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh women’s tennis team finished the 2013 campaign with an overall record of 10-12, which was highlighted by setting program firsts and advancing to the Big East Tournament quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
Under the direction of interim head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins, the Panthers defeated Rutgers for the first time in program history with a 4-3 decision in March. Other highlights included putting together their longest winning streak since the 2007-08 campaign, and defeating Georgetown 4-1 in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.
“I am very proud of the things the girls were able to accomplish this season,” Kissell-Eddins said. “As a team, we came a long way since the first day of practice. It was especially exciting to defeat conference foe Rutgers for the first time in program history and to win our first round match of the Big East Tournament against a Georgetown team that we had lost to earlier in the season. It is a great feeling to watch a team grow like we did over the course of the semester and I can’t wait to see what this team can do next year heading to the ACC.”
Sophomore Amanda Wickman had a tremendous season as the Grand Rapids, Mich. native led the team with 40 combined wins including fall competition. She was 23-7 in singles action and had a team-best 15-5 mark in spring competition. Her 27 combined victories in the spring was a team-high, and for the season, Wickman played to an overall record of 40-20. Her best win of the year came in the fall with her sister Molly Wickman as the duo defeated Penn State’s top tandem in the opening round of the ITA Atlantic Regional.
Junior Kimmy Borza also had a standout year, putting together a 33-17 overall record. Her 33 combined victories were the second most on the team. Borza had a team-best 17-9 record in doubles, and had the most spring doubles victories with 14. Entering her senior campaign, Borza is eight wins shy of 100 career wins. She has a career singles record of 44-26 and a doubles mark of 48-33 (92-59 overall - .610).
Minus one singles match and two doubles matches in the spring season, junior Taylor Washington played every match from court No. 1. In spring action, Washington was 11-11 in singles, and was 10-11 from first singles. Dating back to the fall season, Washington finished the season with a 32-26 combined record and collected the third most wins on the team behind Wickman and Borza.
As the Panthers venture into the Atlantic Coast Conference, they will be joining the best tennis conference in the country. The ACC currently has six teams ranked in the ITA Top 25, not including Notre Dame which is also in the Top 25 and will also be joining the ACC in 2013-14.