HARRISONBURG, Va., April 2, 2013 – Liberty edged the James Madison women’s tennis squad 4-3 after winning the final two singles matches to snap the Dukes’ five-match win streak. The Flames, on a four-match win streak, improved to 10-7 while the Dukes fell to 7-5 this spring.
JMU held a 3-2 advantage over Liberty heading into the final two matches of the day. Junior Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) took a 1-0 lead over Nicola Wellman at No. 3 singles with a 7-5 win to start the match. Wellman, however, claimed the next two sets (6-4, 6-1) to even the match.
With the match tied 3-all, freshman Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) went to battle with Liberty’s Brittany Yang at No. 5 singles. Wirth posted a quick 6-3 win in set one, but Yang fought back for the 7-5 win in set two. In set three, Yang came from behind to defeat Wirth 7-5 and take the match for Liberty 4-3.
To start the day, Wirth and senior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) lost 7-6 at No. 2 doubles to Jessie Boda and Brittany Yang before the Dukes picked up two doubles wins to earn the point. Sophomore Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) and senior Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) rolled Wellman and Rebekah Jenkins 8-5 at No. 1 doubles before the junior-duo of Andriescu and Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) downed Cameron Richard and Valerie Thong 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.
Richard tied the match for the Flames with a two-set victory (6-2, 6-2) over Palmucci at No. 2 singles, and Thong gave Liberty the 2-1 advantage with a two-set victory (6-3, 6-3) over Bulling at No. 4 singles.
Senior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke’s) pulled the Dukes even again with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Annisha Domenech at No. 6 singles. Pinchoff put JMU on top 3-2 with a come-from-behind three-set win (6-7, 6-3, 6-4) over Jenkins at No. 1 singles.
The Dukes host their final home match of the 2013 season this Saturday, April 6. They square off with the Colonials of George Washington at 1 p.m.