FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 15, 2014 – The James Madison women’s tennis squad blanked George Mason 5-0 on Saturday afternoon in an abbreviated-format match at the Springfield Golf & Country Club.
The match saw JMU sweep both doubles matches as well as the three singles matches played. Each of the doubles matches were worth one point rather than the best-two-of-three format that is usually employed with one point awarded.
The Dukes improved to 2-2 on the year with the win while the Patriots fell to 0-4 this spring.
In doubles action, sophomore Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) and redshirt junior Sarah Khan (Islamabad, Pakistan/Overseas Pakistani Foundation College (New Mexico)) defeated Brittany Pilkington and Ashley Delaney in two sets (6-2, 6-1) at the No. 1 position.
Seniors Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) and Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) took down Marijke Boers and Mina Saygi in two sets (6-2, 6-3) in No. 2 doubles action.
Freshman Alex Huie (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) swept Sofia Santa Maria 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles while fellow freshman Emily Bradshaw (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) nearly swept Olivia Lacy-Thompson at No. 3 singles, winning 6-0, 6-1.
Junior Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) rounded out the day with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Morgan Yang at the No. 1 singles position.
JMU faces a quick turnaround as they travel to Washington & Lee on Tuesday, Feb. 18, for a 4 p.m. at match in Lexington, Va.
1. Cara Wirth/Sarah Khan (JMU) def. Brittany Pilkington/Ashley Delaney (GMU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Ruxandra Andriescu/Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) def. Marijke Boers/Mina Saygi (GMU) 6-2, 6-3
1. Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) def. Morgan Yang 6-4, 6-2
2. Alex Huie (JMU) def. Sofia Santa Maria (GMU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Emily Bradshaw (JMU) def. Olivia Lacy-Thompson 6-0, 6-1