HARRISONBURG, Va., April 11, 2012 - The James Madison women's tennis team will travel to Richmond on Thursday, George Mason on Saturday and Towson on Sunday as the Dukes wrap up regular season play. Madison will compete with the Spiders in a 2:30 p.m. contest before wrapping up Colonial Athletic Association competition with matches at George Mason Saturday at 1 p.m. and Towson at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
The Dukes head into competition with a 9-4 overall record including a 1-2 mark in the CAA. Madison is coming off a 6-1 loss to then No. 75 UNCW, its first since falling to Radford, 4-3, on March 16. JMU is led by junior Michelle Nguyen, who boasts a 9-3 spring singles record for the Dukes. Also helping lead the way for JMU are juniors Megan Douglass and Katherine Bulling. Douglass is 9-4 on the spring season while Bulling is 8-3 for the Dukes. Freshman Taylor Pinchoff also boasts a 6-3 singles record for JMU.
Richmond brings a 9-4 overall record into Thursday's meeting with the Dukes. In their most recent match, the Spiders fell 4-3 to Charlotte in Richmond. It was the seventh time this season that a UR match has been decided by one point, with the Spiders winning four of them. Richmond shares two common opponents with Madison. The Spiders lost to Old Dominion 4-3 on March 28 and knocked off Georgetown 4-3 on March 21. The Dukes lost to both teams, falling 5-2 to ODU and 6-1 to Georgetown.
George Mason is currently 13-8 overall with a 0-3 record in the CAA entering competition against Drexel on Friday. The Patriots most recent match came against Towson, a 6-1 loss on Monday, April 9. Mason also has CAA losses to Hofstra, 5-2 on March 7, and UNCW, 7-0 on Jan. 22. The Patriots are led by Kate Desiatnikova with a 10-3 singles record and Brooke Blackwell, who holds an 11-2 record.
Towson owns an 11-9 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in CAA competition. The Tigers have earned CAA wins over Hofstra, 4-3 on Feb 25, and George Mason, 6-1 on April 9. Their conference losses came at the hands of Old Dominion, 5-2 on March 4, as well as Drexel, 7-0 on March 10. The Tigers are led in singles competition by three players with 10 or more wins. Ariel Burke is 10-4 while Ayana Dow is 10-7 and Nisha Shah is 12-8 for Towson. Shah also competes in doubles competition for Towson. She is 7-2 when paired with Cailey Easdale. Before Sunday's matchup with JMU, Towson will take on Navy on Wednesday, April 11 and Delaware on Friday, April 13.
CAA Championship play begins on Thurday, April 19 and is hosted by Old Dominion.