FAIRFAX, Va., April 14, 2012 - The James Madison women's tennis team swept George Mason 7-0 on Saturday. JMU improved to 10-5, including 2-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Patriots fell to 13-10 overall and 0-5 in the CAA.
The Dukes started off hot, sweeping doubles play while only allowing Mason to pick up one game in the three matches.
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 Alsion Wingo and Brooke Blackwell 8-0. 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 George Mason's Ashley Delaney and Andrea Londen 8-1 to ensure the doubles point for the Dukes. Sophomore Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) and Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) wrapped up doubles play by defeating Sara Novakovic and Tori Zalewski 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.
The Dukes rolled on in singles play, winning every match in straight sets. Pate took down Wingo in the top position, 6-3, 6-1, to earn JMU's second point. Palmucci kept it going at No. 2 beating Blackwell 6-1, 6-1, and Nguyen followed with a quick win over Delaney 6-0, 6-3 to ensure the JMU victory.
In No. 4, Pinchoff took down Ekaterina Desiatnikova without surrendering a game, 6-0, 6-0. Junior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Lukes) dropped Zalewski in No. 5, 6-2, 6-0, for JMU's sixth point of the match, and Andriescu followed with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Londen to give the Dukes the sweep.
Madison returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, April 15, 2012. The Dukes head to Towson, Md., to take on the Tigers in a 10 a.m. competition.
JMU 7, George Mason 0
April 14, 2012
1. Pate/Pinchoff (JMU) def. Wingo/Blackwell 8-0
2. Bulling/Nguyen (JMU) def. Delaney/Londen 8-1
3. Andriescu/Palmucci (JMU) def. Novakovic/Zalewski 8-0
1. Pate (JMU) def. Wingo 6-0, 6-1
2. Palmucci (JMU) def. Blackwell 6-1, 6-1
3. Pinchoff (JMU) def. Delaney 6-0, 6-3
4. Douglass (JMU) def. Desiatnikova 6-0, 6-0
5. Bulling (JMU) def. Zalewski 6-2, 6-0
6. Andriescu (JMU) def. Londen 6-2, 6-0