HARRISONBURG, Va., March 18, 2012 - The James Madison women's tennis team swept St. Francis (Pa.) 7-0 on Sunday. JMU improved to 7-3 while the Red Flash fell to 3-11
JMU began the match by sweeping doubles competition and carried that momentum through to complete the outright sweep of St. Francis (Pa.).
Senior Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and freshman Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) got the winning started for Madison at No. 1 doubles. The Dukes' pair dropped Alex Sachs and Lucy Jasso 8-1. Junior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) teamed up with junior Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) at No. 2 doubles. The duo blew by St. Francis's Shivani Patel and Nuria Valls 8-3 to ensure the doubles point for the Dukes. Junior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Lukes) and sophomore Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) wrapped up doubles play by defeating Devynn Sarver and Laura Husband 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.
The Dukes rolled on in singles play, winning every match in straight sets. Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) grabbed JMU's second point, taking down Valls, 6-2, 6-0, in the No. 2 spot. Pate followed with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Sarver at No. 1 singles to give the Dukes a 3-0 advantage and Bulling ensured the JMU win by defeating Sachs, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 singles.
Andriescu followed in the six spot with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Husband before Pinchoff took down Patel, 6-1, 6-2 in the three hole. Douglass rounded out the sweep, taking down Jasso 6-3, 6-3 in No. 4 singles.
The Dukes return to action on Friday, March 23. They take on California (Pa.) in a 3 p.m. matchup at the Hillside Tennis Courts.
JMU 7, St. Francis (Pa.) 0
March 18, 2012
1. Pate/Pinchoff (JMU) def. Sachs/Jasso 8-1
2. Bulling/Nguyen (JMU) def. Patel/Valls 8-3
3. Douglass/Andriescu (JMU) def. Sarver/Husband 8-0
1. Pate (JMU) def. Sarver 6-0, 6-1
2. Palmucci (JMU) def. Valls 6-2, 6-0
3. Pinchoff (JMU) def. Patel 6-1, 6-2
4. Douglass (JMU) def. Jasso 6-3, 6-3
5. Bulling (JMU) def. Sachs 6-2, 6-2
6. Andriescu (JMU) def. Husband 6-1, 6-1