WILLIAMSBURG, Va., Jan. 18, 2014 – James Madison women’s tennis opened its spring slate with a 6-1 loss at No. 40 William & Mary on Saturday afternoon at the McCormick-Nagelson Tennis Center.
JMU started the spring dual season 0-1 overall and 0-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. William & Mary moved to 2-2 this spring with a 1-0 mark in league action after going 2-0 in its Saturday doubleheader.
Freshman Rachel Nelson (Big Prairie, Ohio/West Holmes) tallied the lone Dukes’ point of the day with a two-set win (6-0, 6-2) over Jackie Lee in the No. 6 singles position. It was her first career win in a dual match.
The Tribe scored early as they went 2-1 in doubles action to secure the point and take a 1-0 lead. At the No. 1 position, Leeza Nemchinov and Maria Belaya earned the 8-2 victory over junior Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) and freshman Alex Huie (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands). An 8-4 loss in the No. 2 position by sophomore Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) and redshirt junior Sarah Khan (Islamabad, Pakistan/Overseas Pakistani Foundation College (New Mexico)) to Nabila Farah and Melanie Roy scored the point for the Tribe.
Seniors Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) and Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) finished off doubles action with an 8-3 win over Julia Casselbury and Sydney Smith in the No. 3 position.
In singles play, Andriescu and freshman Emily Bradshaw (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/Blyth Academy) each took their matches the full three sets. Andriescu, in the No. 5 position, took the early lead over Smith with a 6-2 win in set one. Smith, however, battled back for two straight set victories (6-0, 6-3) to secure the point for the Tribe.
Bradshaw fell behind Roy early at the No.3 singles position after a tightly contested first set went to a tiebreaker, falling in a 7-6 favor to Roy. Bradshaw evened the match with a solid 6-1 victory in set two, but Roy picked up the 6-0 win in a decisive set three for the William & Mary point.
At the No. 4 singles position, Palmucci fell in two sets (6-4, 7-5) to Casselbury. Pinchoff, in the No. 1 position, dropped a two-set decision (6-2, 6-2) to Nemchinov, who is ranked 89th in the nation. Huie, in the No. 2 position, was defeated 6-2, 6-1 by Farah.
The Dukes take a three-week break from competition before traveling to Annapolis, Md. for a match at Navy on Feb. 8. Action begins at 3 p.m. at the Brigade Sports Complex.