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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/18/2011
Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications

HARRISONBURG, Va., Match 18, 2011 - James Madison (6-5) won all three doubles matches and took all six singles matches in straight sets en route to a 7-0 victory over Norfolk State in women's tennis on Friday at Hillside Courts.

All six Dukes that took the court against the Spartans earned a pair of victories with a win in both singles and doubles, as JMU won for the fourth straight time.

JMU took a 1-0 lead after taking all three doubles matches and conceding just a combined six games.

Sophomore Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) and freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 3 against Maryna Kariuk and Chenge Tsapayi, and the Dukes clinched the doubles point with another 8-1 win by sophomore Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton) at No. 2 over Jennifer Astbury and Rebecca Graff.

Junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) gave the Dukes the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win at No. 1 versus Naeemah Brooks and Gabriella Jonsson.

In singles play, JMU won all six matches after giving up only 14 games combined.

Palmucci quickly gave JMU a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Brooks at No. 3, and Bulling gave JMU a 3-0 advantage with her 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Graff at No. 5. Andriescu secured the win for the Dukes with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 6 against Kariuk.

Douglass gave JMU a 5-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Tsapayi at No. 4, and Nguyen upped the lead to six with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 2 over Jonsson. Pate wrapped up the dual match with a 6-1, 6-4 decision versus Astbury at No. 1.

JMU returns to the court tomorrow afternoon at home against Fordham. The match is set for a noon start at Hillside Courts.

James Madison 7, Norfolk State 0
(Order: 3,2,1)
1. Pate/Nguyen def. Brooks/Jonsson 8-4
2. Bulling/Andriescu def. Astbury/Graff 8-1
3. Douglass/Palmucci def. Kariuk/Tsapayi 8-1
Singles (Order: 3,5,6,4,2,1)
1. Pate def. Astbury 6-1, 6-4
2. Nguyen def. Jonsson 6-1, 6-3
3. Palmucci def. Brooks 6-0, 6-1
4. Douglass def. Tsapayi 6-0, 6-1
5. Bulling def. Graff 6-1, 6-1
6. Andriescu def. Kariuk 6-1, 6-0

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