HARRISONBURG, Va. - The James Madison women's tennis team started strong at the three-day Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Va., as it went 6-3 on the day.
The strong efforts were led by junior Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) who went 2-0 on Friday morning. Palmucci started the day alongside fellow junior Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) with a win in doubles competition. The duo defeated Old Dominion's Faith Atiso and Nika Khmolovska 9-8 (5).
Palmucci picked up her second win of the day after Kansas' Anastasija Trubica retired prior to the end of set two. She advances to the semifinals of the "Margie Waters" Singles Flight on Saturday.
Freshman Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) also defeated ODU's Atiso in singles competition. Wirth swept her quarterfinals match-up against Atiso 6-2, 6-1. In a second "Marion Gengler" quarterfinals match-up, senior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) defeated Maryna Kariuk of Norfolk State 6-1, 6-1.
The Dukes notched a second singles victory against Norfolk State when sophomore Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) won 6-2, 6-1 against Andrea Macchiavello in her quarterfinal match in the "Kristine Kurth" Singles Flight. In the same flight, senior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) defeated William & Mary's Sydney Smith 6-2, 6-1.
JMU returns to the courts on Saturday morning in Williamsburg, Va., for day two of the Tribe Invitational. Doubles action is set to begin at 9 a.m.
Singles (Day 01)
Kristine Kurth QF: Katherine Bulling
def. Sydney Smith (W&M) 6-2, 6-1
Kristine Kurth QF: Taylor Pinchoff def. Andrea Macchiavello (Norfolk State) 6-2, 6-1
Margie Waters QF: Jacqueline Palmucci def. Anastasija Trubica (Kansas) 6-2, 1-1, retired
Margie Waters QF: Nika Khmolovska (ODU) def. Ruxandra Andriescu 6-0, 6-1
Marion Gengler QF: Megan Douglass def. Maryna Kariuk (Norfolk State), 6-1, 6-1
Marion Gengler QF: Cara Wirth def. Faith Atiso (ODU) 6-2, 6-1
Katrin Guenther QF: Johnson/Mesgarzadeh (W&M) def. Pinchoff/Nguyen, 8-4
Michelle O. QF: Andriescu/Palmucci def. Atiso/Khmolovska (ODU), 9-8 (5)
Michelle O. QF: Trubica/Dreyer (Kansas) def. Bulling/Wirth, 8-6