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JMU Women's Tennis Downs Hofstra 4-0, Faces VCU in CAA Quarterfinals
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/21/2011
Courtesy: Photography/JMU Athletics Comm
NORFOLK, Va., April 21, 2011 - Two players went 2-0 as seventh-seeded James Madison defeated 10th-seeded Hofstra, 4-0, in the first round of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Championship at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.

The Dukes improved to 12-8 this season and advanced to tomorrow's quarterfinals to face No. 2 VCU at 1:30 p.m. while the Pride ended their season at 8-9 overall.

Sophomore Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) and freshman Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario/Turner Fenton) each notched victories in doubles and singles play to send the Dukes through to the quarterfinals.

JMU opened the match by taking a pair of doubles matches to grab the early 1-0 lead. Junior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and Nguyen gave the Dukes the advantage with an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles against Elena Ivanova and Brooke Sailer.

Andriescu and sophomore Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) clinched the doubles point for JMU with an 8-4 win versus Lauren Clifton and Christie Gattelaro.

In singles play, Nguyen doubled the Dukes lead to 2-0 when she downed Malissa Gilanchi, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2. Freshman Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) blanked Clifton, 6-0, 6-0 to give JMU a commanding 3-0 lead.

Andriescu won the decisive fourth point at No. 6 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Sailer to close out the match.

JMU returns to action on Friday at 1:30 p.m. to take on second-seeded VCU in the quarterfinals. Earlier this season, the Rams won 7-0 on Feb. 5, 2011 in Richmond, Va.

James Madison 4, Hofstra 0
(Order: 1,2)
1. Pate/Nguyen (JMU) def. Ivanova/Sailer (HU) 8-4
2. Andriescu/Bulling (JMU) def. Clifton/Gattelaro (HU) 8-4
3. Douglass/Palmucci (JMU) vs. Gilanchi/Tsay (HU) 6-5, unfinished
Singles (Order: 2,3,6)
1. Kinsey Pate (JMU) vs. Elena Ivanova (HU) 6-2, 3-6, unfinished
2. Michelle Nguyen (JMU) def. Malissa Gilanchi (HU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) def. Lauren Clifton (HU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Megan Douglass (JMU) vs. Christie Gattelaro (HU) 0-6, 3-3, unfinished
5. Katherine Bulling (JMU) vs. Sonia Tsay (HU) 6-3, 4-1, unfinished
6. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) def. Brooke Sailer (HU) 6-1, 6-3
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