RADFORD, Va., April 10, 2013 – In its final non-conference match of the season, the James Madison women’s tennis team defeated Radford 6-1 and improved its overall record to 9-6 heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The Highlanders fell to 6-13 on the year.
Freshman Cara Wirth (Reading, Pa./Wilson) and senior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) opened doubles play by downing Allison Michael and Hana Babic 8-1 at the No. 2 position to put JMU up 1-0 for the doubles point. The sophomore-senior pair of Taylor Pinchoff (Sylvan Lake, Mich./West Bloomfield) and Michelle Nguyen (Springfield, Va./South County) sealed the point for the Dukes with an 8-4 victory over Taylor Newman and Meg Napolitano at No. 1 doubles before juniors Ruxandra Andriescu (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Turner Fenton) and Jacqueline Palmucci (Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail) made it a clean sweep with an 8-7 win over Taylor Fay and Gemma Valls at No. 3 doubles.
Opening singles play, Wirth gave JMU the 2-0 edge when she blanked Fay in two sets (6-0, 6-0) at No. 5 singles. Senior Megan Douglass (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke’s) kept the momentum rolling with a two-set victory (6-0, 6-4) over Michael at No. 6 singles before Palmucci dropped Valls 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to give JMU the win.
Andriescu added her own two-set win (6-0, 6-4), taking down Babic at No. 4 singles. Bulling fell 10-6 in a third-set tiebreaker (1-6, 7-6, 0-1) to Meg Napolitano at No. 5 singles after coming back from being one set down.
Pinchoff gave the Dukes their final point of the day with a two-set victory (7-5, 6-4) at No. 1 singles.
JMU continues its final road trip of the season this weekend with two Colonial Athletic Association matches. The Dukes’ first stop is Towson on Saturday, April 13 for a 2 p.m. showdown