JMU roundup: Dukes advance in CAA women’s tennis tourney
WILLIAMSBURG — Fifth-seeded James Madison women’s tennis prevailed over fourth-seeded UNCW with a 4-0 victory in the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament quarterfinals to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round.
The win marked the Dukes’ first over the Seahawks since April 18, 2003, a 4-0 victory in the 2003 CAA tournament quarterfinals. JMU (13-7) opened with a 2-0 showing in doubles to take the point before winning eight of 10 completed singles sets en route to the 4-0 win over UNCW (9-9), eliminating the defending 2014 Colonial Athletic Association champions.
The Dukes wrapped up the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Freshman Kimmy Herrock and sophomore Rebecca Harris won 8-2 over Miller Hales and Alyssa Ritchie at No. 2 before sophomore Rachel Nelson and senior Sarah Khan won the final five games against Alix Theodossiou and Hollie Champion to overcome a 6-3 deficit and clinch the doubles point at 8-6.
Four of six first sets of singles play went the way of the Dukes to set up a five-of-five sweep of completed second sets. Sophomore Alex Huie was the first to finish, taking Christine Kharkevitch down 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 3 position to give JMU a 2-0 advantage.
In her first CAA tournament match, Harris followed with straight 6-1 wins over Hales at No. 6 singles to push the Dukes within one point of the match victory. Nelson secured the triumph with straight 6-4 wins at No. 2 singles.
With the remaining singles matches left unfinished after match point was clinched, freshman Dylan Owens was playing for match point at No. 5 as she held a 6-2, 5-4 lead over Hamilton Lovett. Both Herrock and senior Taylor Pinchoff were ahead in decisive set threes after battling back from one-set deficits.
JMU returns to the courts Saturday with a 10 a.m. match against top-seeded William & Mary at the Millie West Tennis Facility. The Dukes and Tribe did not meet during the 2015 regular season.
WILLIAMSBURG — Fifth-seeded James Madison men’s tennis fell 4-1 to fourth-seeded College of Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament Quarterfinals on Friday at the Millie West Tennis Facility.
The Dukes close the season at 8-11 (2-3 CAA) while the Cougars improve to 14-9 (2-1 CAA) and advance to Saturday’s semifinals, when they will face top-seeded UNCW at 2 p.m.
Charleston opened with an 8-4 win by Josh Record and Rodrigo Encinas over junior Maxi Branth and sophomore Alex Berdnikoff at No. 3 doubles. JMU quickly tied the race for the doubles point with an 8-6 win by junior Robert Stirling and sophomore Brett Moorhead over Charlie Ghriskey and Zack Lewis at No. 2.
At No. 1 doubles, sophomores Sebastian Salinas and Miljan Ruzic held off match point by Brice Allanic and Alon Faiman at 7-5, tying the match at 7-all to force a tiebreaker. After the pairs battled to a 3-3 tie, the Cougars pulled ahead for the 8-7(4) victory and the doubles point.
Stirling pulled the match even at 1-1 with an opening 6-4, 6-2 win over Allanic at No. 1 singles. Gordon, however, pushed the Cougars back in front with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over freshman Stephen Goldman at No. 6.
Ruzic took an early one-set lead over Lewis with a 6-2 win at No. 5 singles, but Lewis came back with straight 6-2 wins of his own for a three-set triumph that gave Charleston a 3-1 lead. Ghriskey clinched match point for CofC with a 7-6(1), 6-2 win over Moorhead at No. 3.
WILLIAMSBURG — Sophomore second baseman Kyle McPherson and junior shortstop Kyle Weston both homered on Friday night, but the James Madison baseball team fell to William & Mary, 17-7, in Colonial Athletic Association action at Plumeri Park.
The Tribe used an eight-run third inning to put the game out of reach early, as a 20-hit evening saw them improve to 16-19 (7-6 CAA) in 2015. The two home runs snapped a five-game homerless streak, the Dukes’ longest such streak of the year, as JMU fell to 12-21 (2-12 CAA) on the season.
McPherson added a double to his fifth-inning blast en route to a 3-for-5 day at the plate that included two runs and a pair of RBIs. Senior right fielder Kevin Husum blasted his third triple of the season to left-center and sophomore left fielder Ky Parrott added a double down the right field line. Weston finished 1-for-4 with his first home run of 2015.
Junior starter Aaron Hoover fell to 3-3 on the season with the loss, while William & Mary starter Jason Inghram improved to 2-5 on the year, going seven complete innings in the victory.
The Dukes and the Tribe will be back in action on Saturday afternoon for the second game of their three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., with live audio available from William & Mary.