NORFOLK, Va., March 30, 2012 - In a neutral site matchup with the Delaware Blue Hens, the James Madison women's tennis team improved its record to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 6-1 victory on Friday.
The Dukes dropped the doubles point, falling in an early 1-0 hole, but rallied back to sweep singles competition and earn the win.
Doubles started off with Olivia Heim and Amanda Halstrom taking down the Dukes' Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) and Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) 8-5 in the No. 3 position, before Kinsey Pate (Matthews, N.C./Butler) and Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) knotted the battle for the doubles point, taking down Samantha Carnall and Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom 8-2 in the top doubles spot. Courtney Fenimore and Dorothy Safron, however, grabbed the point for Delaware, overcoming Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) and Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) 8-6 in No. 2 doubles.
The Dukes bounced back in singles play, sweeping all six points for the win. Douglass got the scoring started for JMU at the No. 5 singles spot, toppling Milla in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Pate followed at No. 1 singles, edging by Carnall 6-4, 6-4, and Bulling downed Harrington 6-2, 6-4 in No. 6 singles to give JMU a 3-1 match lead.
With the match-point on the line, Fenimore took Nguyen three sets but the Dukes' junior prevailed, downing her Delaware foe 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, and giving JMU the win.
Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) followed in No. 2 singles, also working Safron in three sets before overcoming 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 for the Dukes' fifth point. Pinchoff completed the singles sweep, beating Sjoberg-Sundstrom in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 to finish the match.
The Dukes return to action on Saturday in Norfolk, Va. for another conference match against UNCW. Start time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
JMU 6, Delaware 1
March 30, 2012
#1 Pate/Pinchoff (JMU) def. Carnall/Sundstrom 8-2 (2)
#2 Fenimore/Safron (UD) def. Bulling/Nguyen 8-6 (3)
#3 Heim/Halstrom (UD) def. Andriescu/Douglass 8-5 (1)
#1 Pate (JMU) def. Carnall 6-4 6-4 (2)
#2 Palmucci (JMU) def. Safron 7-5 4-6 6-0 (5)
#3 Nguyen (JMU) def. Fenimore 5-7 6-2 6-1 (4)
#4 Pinchoff (JMU) def. Sundstrom 6-3 7-6 (6)
#5 Douglass (JMU) def. Milla 6-1 6-2 (1)
#6 Bulling (JM) def. Harrington 6-2 6-4 (3)