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No. 3 Women's Tennis Falls 4-1 to No. 2 UNCW in CAA Semifinals
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/20/2013
No. 3 Women’s Tennis Falls 4-1 to No. 2 UNCW in CAA Semifinals

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 20, 2013 – Third-seeded James Madison women’s tennis fell 4-1 to second-seeded UNCW in the semifinals of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Championship on Saturday afternoon.  The Dukes tallied the doubles point before the Seahawks notched four straight singles wins to advance to tomorrow’s final match.

JMU finished the season with a 12-7 record after winning 10 of its last 13 matches and appeared in the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2003.  UNCW improved to 14-6 and will face top-seeded William & Mary Sunday at 10 a.m. for the CAA title.

The Seahawks struck first as Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie defeated freshman Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) and senior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.  Juniors Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) and Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail), however, evened the doubles point at 1-all with an 8-5 victory over Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales at No. 3 doubles.  The pair ends the season on a five-match win-streak and an overall record of 11-2 this spring.

The Dukes clinched the doubles point and a 1-0 lead when sophomore Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) and senior Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) downed Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.  The duo posted an overall record of 14-3 this spring and completed their partnership on an eight-match win-streak.

To open singles play, Cameron took down Wirth in straight sets (6-0, 6-2) at No. 5 singles to even the match at 1-1.  Wirth notched a 12-4 spring dual record in her first collegiate season.  At No. 4 singles, Ritchie dispatched Bulling in two sets (6-2, 6-2) to leave the senior with a 12-5 spring record during her final collegiate season.

Kharkevich gave the Seahawks a 3-1 advantage when senior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke’s) fell 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.  The loss snapped a four-match win-streak by Douglass and she completes her career with a spring record of 12-5.

At No. 1 singles, Pinchoff battled Sekely to a tiebreaker in set one before falling 7-6 (10-1) to give Sekely the 1-0 lead.  Pinchoff was unable to overcome her opponent and fell 6-2 in set two to give the Seahawks the decisive fourth point.  She finished her sophomore campaign with a 9-9 record, all at No. 1 singles. 

Matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles were discontinued.

#2 UNCW 4, #3 James Madison 1
1) Angie Sekely (UNCW) def. Taylor Pinchoff (JMU) – 7-6 (1), 6-2
2) Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU) vs. Christina Riley (UNCW) – DNF, 7-6 (6), 2-5
3) Olga Blank (UNCW) vs. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) – DNF, 6-4, 0-5
4) Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) def. Katherine Bulling (JMU) – 6-2, 6-2
5) Kelly Cameron (UNCW) def. Cara Wirth (JMU) – 6-0, 6-2
6) Christine Kharkevich (UNCW) def. Megan Douglass (JMU) – 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6, 1*
1) Pinchoff/Michelle Nguyen (JMU) def. Blank/Kharkevich (UNCW) – 8-6

2) Sekely/Ritchie (UNCW) def. Wirth/Bulling (JMU) – 8-5
3) Andriescu/Palmucci (JMU) def. Cameron/Hales (UNCW) – 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1*
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