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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/19/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 19, 2011 - James Madison (7-5) won every match in both doubles and singles for the second day in a row to pick up its fifth straight win with a 7-0 sweep of Fordham (2-9) on Saturday afternoon at Hillside Courts.

Four Dukes went 2-0 on the day with a win in both singles and doubles. JMU claimed the early lead after claiming the doubles point after taking all three matches.

Sophomore Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) gave the Dukes the early advantage after cruising to an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles over Hanna Fritzinger and Sarah Tremaine.

JMU claimed the doubles point with an 8-2 victory at No. 3 by junior Leah DeMasters (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) and senior Kristin Nimitz (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) against Bethany Boyle and Jenny Mullen.

The Dukes completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 decision at No. 1 favoring junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) versus Mia Fiocca and Angie Dabu.

In singles play, JMU conceded only 14 games for the second straight day in its six straight-set wins.

Freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton) put the Dukes up 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Mullen at No. 6, and Bulling gave them a 3-0 advantage with her 6-1, 6-1 win over Boyle at No. 5. Pate gave JMU the match-clinching fourth point with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at No. 1 against Fiocca.

The Dukes stretched the lead 5-0 when sophomore Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory versus Tremaine, and Palmucci
followed at No. 3 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Fritzinger. Nguyen concluded the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Dabu at No. 2.

JMU returns to action next weekend for a pair of road dual matches. On Friday, March 25, the Dukes travel to the nation's capitals to take on George Washington. The following day, the team will trek down to Farmville, Va., to battle Longwood. Both matches are set for a noon start.

James Madison 7, Fordham 0
(Order: 2, 3, 1)
1. Pate/Nguyen def. Fiocca/Dabu 8-4
2. Bulling/Palmucci def. Fritzinger/Tremaine 8-1
3. Leah DeMasters/Kristin Nimitz def. Boyle/Mullen 8-2
Singles (Order: 6, 5, 1, 4, 3, 2)
1. Kinsey Pate def. Mia Fiocca 6-2, 6-0
2. Michelle Nguyen def. Angie Dabu 6-2, 6-4
3. Jacqueline Palmucci def. Hanna Fritzinger 6-2, 6-0
4. Megan Douglass def. Sarah Tremaine 6-1, 6-1
5. Katherine Bulling def. Bethany Boyle 6-1, 6-1
6. Ruxandra Andriescu def. Jenny Mullen 6-0, 6-1

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