Maria Malerba reached a career milestone when her Dukes (9-5) took a 6-1 victory against Longwood (3-3) on Saturday evening at Lancer Tennis Courts.FARMVILLE, Va., March 26, 2011 - James Madison women's tennis head coach
Malerba, who is in her 35th year at the helm of the women's tennis program, collected her 400th career victory as her team won for the seventh consecutive time. Following the match, she entered the team bus to find her team already on it chanting her name with the entire interior decorated in purple and gold.
JMU won all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point, and won five of six singles matches en route to victory.
The Dukes cruised through doubles play, as junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Jordan) and sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) defeated Marta Pinyol and Zsofia Jakab 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. JMU secured the point when freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) and sophomore Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) took an 8-2 win against Hannah Hill and Nicole Parker at No. 3.
Sophomore Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton) completed the doubles sweep at No. 2 with an 8-3 victory over Allison Shulman and Bethany Law.
Bulling doubled the JMU lead after a 6-3, 6-2 win versus Sarah Moomau at No. 5 singles, but Longwood cut the lead back to one at 2-1 when Pinyol, the lone Lancer to win on Saturday, took a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 2 against Nguyen.
Palmucci answered back with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3 over Veronika Bohm, and Pate, the Dukes' top singles player, secured the decisive fourth point to give Malerba her milestone win in a 6-3, 7-5 decision against Jakab.
The lead grew to 5-1 when Douglass won in an exciting third-set super breaker (6-3, 4-6, 10-3) against Shulman at No. 4. Andriescu closed out the match with an 8-5 victory at No. 6 against Law in an eight-game pro-set, since the match had already been decided.
The Dukes return to action Wednesday when they host Liberty on campus at Hillside Courts. That match is set for a 2 p.m. start.
James Madison 6, Longwood 1
Doubles (Order: 1,3,2)
1. Pate/Nguyen (JMU) def. Pinyol/Jakab 8-2
2. Bulling/Andriescu (JMU) def. Shulman/Law 8-3
3. Palmucci/Douglass (JMU) def. Hill/Parker 8-2
Singles (Order: 5,2,3,1,4,6)
1. Kinsey Pate (JMU) def. Zsofia Jakab 6-3, 7-5
2. Marta Pinyol (Longwood) def. Michelle Nguyen 6-2, 6-3
3. Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) def. Veronika Bohm 6-4, 6-0
4. Megan Douglass (JMU) def. Allison Shulman 6-3, 4-6, 10-3
5. Katherine Bulling (JMU) def. Sarah Moomau 6-3, 6-2
6. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) def. Bethany Law 8-5*
* No. 6 singles played eight-game pro-set since match was already decided