RADFORD, Va., April 15, 2011 - After going 12 days without playing due to one cancellation and another postponement, the James Madison women's tennis team returned to action and took a 6-1 victory at Radford on Friday afternoon at the Radford University Tennis Complex.
RU opened the match by taking two of three doubles matches to grab the early 1-0 lead against JMU, but the Dukes swept all six singles matches for the team victory.
The Dukes won their second match in a row and improved to 11-7 this season, while the Highlanders fell to 6-13 after losing for the fourth time in five matches.
Petra Dajevic and Mia Drobnjak gave Radford the early doubles advantage with an 8-5 win at No. 1 against freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton) and sophomore Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy).
The Highlanders claimed the doubles point when Mirna Matic and Ivana Tomaic defeated sophomore Megan Douglass(Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) and freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail), 8-6 at No. 2.
JMU's No. 3 duo of junior Leah DeMasters (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) and senior Kristin Nimitz (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) won 9-8 (7-5) against Emerald Lauzon and Sara Tegner after rallying from being down 4-1.
In singles play, Bulling evened the match score at 1-1 when she downed Tegner 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5, and JMU took the lead for good after Douglass cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Matic at No. 4.
Andriescu put the Dukes up 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 win versus Lauzon at No. 6, and sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) beat Drobnjak 6-0, 7-5 at No. 2 to secure the win for JMU.
The lead kept growing, as Palmucci took a 6-3, 6-1 decision from Tomaic at No. 3. Junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) closed out the match in come-from-behind fashion. Pate trailed in both sets, but rallied for a 7-5, 7-5 win over Dajevic at No. 1.
The Dukes return to action Monday at 2:30 p.m. when they host Richmond in the regular-season finale at Hillside Courts.