JMU roundup: Dukes win fifth straight in women’s tennis

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HARRISONBURG – James Madison women’s tennis won its fifth straight match on Tuesday afternoon as the Dukes blanked Delaware 7-0 at Hillside Courts. The Dukes improved to 2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play and 10-3 overall this spring. The Blue Hens fell to 1-2 in CAA action and 5-7 overall.

JMU swept the doubles matches for the third consecutive match, earning the first point of the day for the Dukes. To start the afternoon, senior Jacqueline Palmucci and redshirt junior Sarah Khan blanked Abby Martinez and Christina Harrington 8-0 at the No. 3 position.

At No. 1 doubles, junior Taylor Pinchoff and freshman Alex Huie overcame Dorothy Safron and Carmen Lai 8-2 to clinch the doubles point. Sophomore Cara Wirth and freshman Rachel Nelson defeated Olivia Heim and Kim Milla 8-6 at the No. 2 doubles spot to round out the paired play.

Palmucci started singles action off with a quick two-set victory (6-1, 6-0) over Heim at the No. 5 position. Huie followed with the third JMU point of the day after taking down Safron in straight 6-2 sets at No. 2 singles.

Wirth clinched the conference win at the No. 6 position after dropping Milla 6-2, 7-5. Nelson won her 10th singles match of the spring in two sets (6-4, 6-4) for the fifth JMU point.

Freshman Emily Bradshaw battled through a full three sets at No. 4 singles. She downed Nataliya Naumova 6-2 in set one before falling 6-1 in set two to even the match. Bradshaw followed through with a decisive 6-4 victory in set three for the point.

To complete the sweep of the Blue Hens, Pinchoff fought for a two-set win (7-6(5), 6-4) over Danea Jonjic’ at No. 1 singles.

Next, the Dukes head south for a pair of CAA bouts in Wilmington, N.C. JMU faces Charleston in a neutral-court match on Saturday, April 5 at 9 a.m. before taking on UNCW in a true road match on Sunday, April 6 at 11 a.m.