HARRISONBURG, Va., March 28, 2013 – James Madison women’s tennis squashed Richmond 4-2 at home after battling for the doubles point and four singles points. The Dukes are now 7-4 this spring, winners of four straight, while the Spiders fall to 5-11.
The freshman-senior duo of Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) and Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) started the day right for JMU with an 8-3 victory over Elizabeth Sims and Alexandra Smyth at No. 2 doubles. As a team, Wirth and Bulling are now 8-3 this spring.
Sophomore Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) and senior Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) clinched the point for the Dukes with a hard-fought 8-6 win over Melissa Kandinata and Katya Salas at No. 1 doubles. The pair is now 7-3 overall this season, all played at the No.1 position.
Richmond tied the match at 1-all when Kandinata defeated Pinchoff in two 6-4 sets at No. 1 singles. The Spiders then took the lead when Smyth overpowered senior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke’s) in two sets (7-6, 6-4) at No. 6 singles.
Bulling tied the match again at No. 4 singles when she battled back for a three-set win over Salas, her sixth straight match victory and her ninth this spring. After falling 6-4 in set one, the senior picked up a 6-1 win in set two before dispatching Salas 6-4 in set three.
Junior Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) regained the advantage for JMU with a three-set victory of her own at No. 2 singles. Sims took set one 6-3 before Palmucci knotted the match with a 6-2 win in set two. Palmucci then fought for the 7-5 victory in set three to take the point, giving the Dukes a 3-2 edge over the Spiders.
Wirth sealed the team win with her eighth individual victory of the spring with a three-set win over Emily Gitman at No. 5 singles. The JMU freshman took set one 6-4 before falling 7-5 in set two. In the decisive set three, Wirth wrestled away the 7-5 win for match-point.
JMU returns to Hillside Courts on April 2 for a 2 p.m. clash with Liberty.