WOMEN’S TENNIS BATTLES THREE CAA OPPONENTS THIS WEEKEND
HARRISONBURG, Va., March 31, 2011 - The James Madison women's tennis team will be in action Friday through Sunday as it takes on three Colonial Athletic Association opponents.
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The first two dual matches will be played at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va., while the final match of the weekend will be at home at Hillside Courts.
The Dukes (9-5), winners of their last seven matches, will take on No. 70 UNC Wilmington on Friday at 10:30 a.m. and Delaware on Saturday at 10 a.m. The team will close the weekend at home against George Mason on Sunday at 11 a.m.
JMU went 2-0 last week with a pair of 6-1 road victories at George Washington (March 25) and Longwood (March 26). Head Coach Maria Malerba surpassed a career milestone last Saturday, earning her 400th victory at the helm in JMU's win at Longwood.
Earlier this week, freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) was named the CAA Women's Tennis Singles Co-Player of the Week after going 2-0 last week at No. 3 singles. She defeated GW's Leah Pascarella, 6-3, 6-3 and LU's Veronika Bohm, 6-4, 6-0 to improve her dual-match record to 11-1 this season and 22-1 overall. The freshman is currently riding an eight-match win streak.
UNCW comes into Friday's match-up with a 17-3 record and 3-2 mark in conference play. The Seahawks, ranked 70th in the latest ITA poll, have won eight matches in a row with their 7-0 blanking of Delaware on Thursday afternoon at ODU.
Senior Lindsay Leblang became the all-time wins leader in UNCW singles history with her 6-4, 6-1 victory over UD's Montse Ripoll on Thursday. She now has 69 wins in her singles career at Wilmington.
Delaware is 7-3 this season with a 1-2 record in conference after falling 7-0 to UNCW on Thursday. It was the second loss in three matches for the Blue Hens. In UD's other two CAA matches, it won at Hofstra (5-2, March 20), but fell at Old Dominion (7-0, March 28).
George Mason enters this weekend with a 16-9 record and 0-2 in CAA play. The Patriots will travel to Radford on Saturday before playing JMU on Sunday morning. Mason has won two straight matches and three of the last four. Mason's two conference defeats both came at home to UNC Wilmington (5-0, Feb. 19) and Hofstra (6-1, Feb. 20).