HARRISONBURG, Va., March 16, 2012 - The James Madison women's tennis team fell to Radford 4-3 Friday. The loss snapped a four-match win streak and dropped the Dukes to 5-3. The Highlanders improved to 11-4.
Doubles play started off on the right foot for JMU. The senior/freshman pairing of Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) took down Radford's Taylor Newman and Mia Drobnjak 8-2 in No. 1 doubles. However, Radford fought back to win the next two doubles matches, grabbing the doubles point and the first lead of the match.
The No. 3 doubles team of junior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) and sophomore Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) fell to Radford's Gemma Valls and Petra Dajevic 8-3. In No. 2 doubles, RU's Meg Napolitano and Hannah Crawford topped sophomore Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) and junior Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) 8-6.
Trailing in the match 1-0, Pate took down Dajevic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, at No.1 singles to tie the match at one apiece before Crawford put Radford back on top, defeating Palmucci, 7-5, 6-1, in No. 2 singles. In No. 5 singles, Newman furthered the RU lead, topping Douglass, 6-2, 6-2, to put the Highlanders on top 3-1.
JMU fought back, tying the score with the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches. In the three-spot Nguyen dropped Drobnjak, 6-2, 6-1, and Pinchoff overcame Valls in three sets, 6-7, 7-6, 6-1.
The sixth and final singles match proved to be as tight as the rest of the match. Although it took a full three sets, RU's Napolitano nabbed Andriescu 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 , giving the Highlanders the win.
The Dukes return to action Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. taking on the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash. The meeting is set to kick off at 1 p.m. at the Convo Tennis Courts.
Radford 4, JMU 3
March 16, 2012
#1 Pate/Pinchoff (JMU) def. Newman/Drobnjak 8-2 (1)
#2 Napolitano/Crawford (RU) def. Andriecu/Nguyen 8-6 (3)
#3 Valls/Dajevic (RU) Douglass/Palmucci 8-3 (2)
#1 Pate (JMU) def. Dajevic 6-4, 6-1 (1)
#2 Crawford (RU) def. Palmucci 7-5, 6-1 (2)
#3 Nguyen (JMU) def. Drobnjak 6-2, 6-1 (4)
#4 Pinchoff (JMU) def. Valls 6-7, 7-6, 6-1 (5)
#5 Newman (RU) def. Douglass 6-2, 6-2 (3)
#6 Napolitano (RU) def. Andriescu 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 (6)