April 27, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Head women’s tennis coach George Dieffenbach named sophomore Taylor Washington and freshman Amanda Wickman the Co-Most Valuable Players for the 2011-12 season.
Playing in the No. 3 slot, Washington led the Panthers with 22 singles wins on the year. As a result, she moved into ninth place on the single-season wins list. Washington registered her 22nd singles victory against St. John’s during the 2012 Big East Championship. That triumph was her seventh consecutive straight-set win. Previously, Washington won five consecutive matches from Feb 3-12.
Washington teamed with sophomore Jocelyn Lu at the No. 1 doubles position. The duo recorded 11 victories, while claiming a string of four consecutive wins in February. On the year, Washington tallied 33 victories in her first season as a starter and boasts 43 total in her career.
Wickman accumulated 30 victories during her freshman campaign. Alongside her twin sister Molly Wickman, she compiled a 17-6 doubles record, including two five-match win streaks.
Wickman was competitive in No. 4 singles, as well. She posted 14 wins, including the deciding point in a 4-3 victory against city rival Duquesne.
Pitt (10-10) claimed its fourth Big East Championship berth in the past five seasons. The squad returns 10 members next fall, while seniors Minh Evans and Melissa Bostwick both graduate this April.