HARRISONBURG, Va., March 23, 2013 – Strong singles play by the James Madison women’s tennis team gave the Dukes the win in their first appearance this spring on their home courts. After falling behind 1-0 after losing the doubles point, the Dukes posted wins in five of six singles matches to claim their fourth straight victory and improve to 7-4 overall in 2013.
UMBC jumped out the early lead, picking up wins at No.1 and No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, however, senior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn/St. Luke’s) and junior Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) notched an 8-6 victory over Isabel Aldunate and Madlena Kurasz to give JMU momentum heading into singles play. Today was the first time the pair had teamed up for doubles competition.
Opening singles play, sophomore Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) knotted the match at 1-all with a quick two-set victory (6-3, 6-2) over Heidi Danielsson at No. 1 singles. It was her fourth dual victory of the season.
After senior Michelle Nguyen’s (Springfield, Va./South County) 7-5, 6-2 loss to Josefin Stange-Jonsson at No. 4 singles, Douglass again tied the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Shannon Cleary at No. 6 singles. Douglass has now won four straight singles matches and is 6-2 overall this spring.
Andriescu broke the tie with a 6-1, 7-6(2) victory over Aldunate at No. 2 singles, giving JMU its first lead of the day at 3-2. Senior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) put the match away with a two-set win (6-4, 6-2) over Julia Sauer at No. 3 singles. The senior is now 8-1 in her final collegiate season and has won five straight matches.
Freshman Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) won her seventh match of the spring at No. 5 singles, battling for the three-set victory over Kurasz. She fought for a 7-5 win in set one before dropping set two 6-4. In the decisive set three, the freshman picked up the 10-6 victory to end the match.
JMU returns to Hillside Courts on March 26 as the Dukes host Binghamton at 2:30 p.m.