NORFOLK, Va., April 1, 2011 - The James Madison women's tennis team saw its seven-match win streak come to an end on Friday as No. 70 UNC Wilmington won 7-0 in a Colonial Athletic Association dual match at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Seahawks (18-3, 4-2 CAA), ranked 70th in the latest ITA national poll, won for the ninth straight time, while the Dukes (9-6, 0-3 CAA) fell for the first time since losing to Campbell 4-3 on March 7.
UNCW claimed the doubles point and the early 1-0 lead after taking two of three doubles matches and won all six singles matches for the victory.
Christina Lee and Lindsay Leblang gave the Hawks the early doubles advantage with a convincing 8-1 win at No. 2 against sophomore Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton).
They clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory at No. 1 by Olga Blank and Angie Sekely over junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County).
JMU closed out doubles with an 8-4 win at No. 3 by sophomore Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) and freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) over Kelly Cameron and Chelsea Kahle.
UNCW won four of six singles matches in straight sets and the final two matches in eight-game pro-sets due to the match being decided and court restrictions at ODU.
Blank gave the Seahawks a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Pate, and the lead grew to 3-0 when Sekely defeated Palmucci, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3. UNCW sealed the match with a 6-1, 7-5 win by Lee at No. 2 against Nguyen.
Cameron upped the lead to 5-0 after taking a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 4 against Douglass. Kahle escaped with a 9-8 (7-4) win versus Bulling at No. 5 nd Leblang closed out the match with an 8-4 win against senior Kristin Nimitz (Richmond, Va./Deep Run).
The Dukes return to action tomorrow morning against another league opponent, Delaware. The match will be played at the same location and is set for a 10 a.m. start.
#70 UNC Wilmington 7, James Madison 0
Doubles (Order 2,1,3)
1. Blank/Sekely (UNCW) def. Pate/Nguyen 8-4
2. Lee/Leblang (UNCW) def. Bulling/Andriescu 8-1
3. Douglass/Palmucci (JMU) def. Cameron/Kahle 8-4
Singles (Order 1,3,2,4,5,6)
1. Blank (UNCW) def. Pate 6-1, 6-1
2. Lee (UNCW) def. Nguyen 6-1, 7-5
3. Sekely (UNCW) def. Palmucci 6-2, 6-0
4. Cameron (UNCW) def. Douglass 6-2, 6-1
5. Kahle (UNCW) def. Bulling 9-8(4)
6. Leblang (UNCW) def. Nimitz 8-4