RICHMOND, Va., April 16, 2013 – Sophomore Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) earned the final 2013 Colonial Athletic Association women’s tennis Player of the Week honor, the first of her career, following a 3-0 week to close out the regular season. She adds it to the two Doubles Team of the Week honors she shares with senior Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County).
In a 6-1 team victory over Radford on April 10, Pinchoff took down Taylor Newman 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles to start her three-match win-streak. She defeated Towson’s Ayana Dow 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to help complete the Dukes’ 7-0 sweep on April 13 and capped off the regular season with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Delaware’s Danea Jonjic at No. 1 singles, a match JMU won 6-1 on April 14.
Pinchoff concluded the regular season with a 9-8 overall record in singles, including a 7-3 record in her last 10 duals. She also went 12-3 with Nguyen in doubles play to help the Dukes finish with an 11-6 record.
Over the final week of competition, Pinchoff and Nguyen notched a 3-0 record at No.1 doubles to extend a six-match win-streak and go 9-1 in their final 10 matches of the regular season. The pair took down Radford’s Newman and Meg Napolitano 8-4, Towson’s Dow and Lorena Ferrer 8-4 and Delaware’s Dorothy Safron and Carmen Lai 8-3 over that span.
No. 3 JMU opens play at the CAA tournament at 9 a.m. Friday morning against No. 6 Towson in Williamsburg, Va.