BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 27, 2013 – Sophomore Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson High School) went undefeated in both singles and doubles play on day one while redshirt junior Sarah Khan (Islamabad, Pakistan/Overseas Pakistani Foundation College (New Mexico)) went undefeated in singles to lead the James Madison women’s tennis squad on day one of Virginia Tech’s three-day Hokie Fall Invite.
Wirth notched her first win of the day in Flight ‘B’ doubles action alongside senior Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) as the duo defeated Radford’s Sara Andrade and Gisela Garcia 8-1. The pair hits the court again at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning to take on Pittsburgh’s Katherine Castro and Molly Wickman.
In Flight ‘C’ singles action, Wirth rolled Radford’s Taylor Fay 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round before earning the three-set victory (6-0, 0-6, 6-0) over Liberty’s Valerie Thong in the quarterfinals. Khan, competing in the same bracket, took down Garcia 6-0, 6-4 in the round-of-16 and posted the come-from-behind win (1-6, 7-5, 6-4) Pittsburgh’s Lolade Ogungbesan in the quarterfinals. Wirth and Khan are scheduled to face off on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Khan partnered with freshman Rachel Nelson (Big Prairie, Ohio/West Holmes) in the Flight ‘A’ doubles bracket, falling 8-5 to Liberty’s Maria Khval and Belen Rivera. Senior Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) and freshman Emily Bradshaw (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/Blyth Academy) also fell in Flight ‘A’ doubles action, dropping their match with VCU’s Olga Barscheuskaya and Daria Yakauleva 8-3.
Freshman Alex Huie (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands) and junior Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) found success in Flight ‘A’ doubles as they won 8-3 over Radford’s Grace Sarver and Meg Napolitano. Later in the day, both Dukes tallied wins in their round-of-16 match-ups in Flight ‘A’ singles. Pinchoff battled for the three-set victory over Pittsburgh’s Taylor Washington, and Huie picked up the three-set win (6-1, 3-6, 7-6(6)) over Barscheuskaya.
Both fell in the quarterfinal round as Pinchoff lost in two sets (6-2, 6-3) to Virginia Tech’s Raluca Mita, and Huie dropped her match with Khval in straight sets (6-1, 6-2).
In Flight ‘B’ singles, Bradshaw and Nelson both went 1-1 on the first day of competition. Bradshaw won 6-0, 6-2 over Andrade in the round-of-16 before losing 6-1, 6-4 to Marshall’s Karli Timko in the quarterfinal round. Nelson earned the 7-5, 6-2 victory over Virginia Tech’s Tea Ivanovic before falling 7-6(2), 6-2 to Pittsburgh’s Molly Wickman.
Andriescu competed in the Flight ‘C’ singles bracket where she fell in two sets (6-3, 6-0) to Marshall’s Anne Gulsrund and moved on to the consolation side of the bracket. In the consolation quarterfinals, Andriescu retired from her match with Lauren Mabe (Liberty) due to injury after falling 6-2 in the first set.
Palmucci fell in the round-of-16 of Flight ‘B’ singles to Marshall’s Rachael Morales in three sets (4-6, 6-1, 6-4). In the consolation quarterfinals, she was defeated in two sets (6-3, 6-2) by Liberty’s Mariely Hassey.
JMU returns to the courts on Saturday, Sept. 28, for day two of the Hokie Fall Invite. Doubles play begins at 9 a.m. at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Va.
R16 – Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) def. Taylor Washington (Pitt) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
QF – Raluca Mita (VT) def. Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) 6-2, 6-3
R16 – Alex Huie (JMU) def. Olga Barscheuskaya (VCU) 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(6)
QF – Maria Khval (LIB) def. Alex Huie (JMU) 6-1, 6-2
R16 – Emily Bradshaw (JMU) def. Sara Andrade (RAD) 6-0, 6-2
QF – Karli Timko (Marshall) def. Emily Bradshaw (JMU) 6-1, 6-4
R16 – Rachel Nelson (JMU) def. Tea Ivanovic (VT) 7-5, 6-2
QF – Molly Wickman (Pitt) def. Rachel Nelson (JMU) 7-6(2), 6-2
R16 – Rachael Morales (Marshall) def. Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
CQF – Mariely Hassey (LIB) def. Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) 6-3, 6-2
R16 – Anne Gulsrund (Marshall) def. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) 6-3, 6-0
CQF – Lauren Mabe (LIB) def. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) 6-2, ret. (inj.)
R16 – Cara Wirth (JMU) def. Taylor Fay (RAD) 6-1, 6-2
QF – Cara Wirth (JMU) def. Valerie Thong (LIB) 6-0, 0-6, 6-0
R16 – Sarah Khan (JMU) def. Gisela Garcia (RAD) 6-0, 6-4
QF – Sarah Khan (JMU) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (Pitt) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
R16 - Olga Barscheuskaya/Daria Yakauleva (VCU) def. Jacqueline Palmucci/Emily Bradshaw (JMU) 8-3
R16 - Alex Huie/Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) def. Grace Sarver/Meg Napolitano (RAD) 8-3
R16 – Maria Khval/Belen Rivera (LIB) def. Sarah Khan/Rachel Nelson (JMU) 8-5
QF – Ruxandra Andriescu/Cara Wirth (JMU) def. Sara Andrade/Gisela Garcia (RAD) 8-1