JMU roundup: Dukes top Spiders in women’s tennis

HARRISONBURG – James Madison women’s tennis defeated Richmond 4-0 in a rain-shortened match at Hillside Courts on Tuesday afternoon. The Dukes improved to 12-6 overall while Richmond fell to 11-5.

The match began with singles action in an effort to stay ahead of inclement weather. With JMU having clinched match point after four consecutive wins to open play, the remaining singles matches were left unfinished and doubles matches were not played.

Sophomore Alex Huie scored the first point for JMU with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Melissa Kandinata at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Rebecca Harris quickly followed with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Katya Salas at No. 6 to push the Dukes to a 2-0 lead over the Spiders.

Freshman Kimmy Herrock pulled the Dukes to within one of match point with a 6-2, 7-6(3) victory over Kelsey Williams at No. 5 before the rain rolled in, forcing a 14-minute delay in action.

Coming out of the stoppage, sophomore Rachel Nelson quickly finished off a three-set win (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) over Gaby Rosales to secure the team victory as Nelson opened the restart serving match point.

No. 1 and No. 4 singles were left unfinished, with the Dukes leading in the third sets at both positions. Senior Taylor Pinchoff held a 3-1 advantage in set three over Anna Abadias Morales at No. 1 singles, having stormed back from a 6-2 loss in set one to take a 7-5 victory in set two, winning three straight games to hold off Morales’ match point. Freshman Dylan Owens was up 4-2 in set three over Boys at No. 4 after a 6-4 decision in favor of Richmond in the first set and a 6-0 decision in favor of JMU in set two.

JMU returns to Hillside Courts on Saturday, April 11 to wrap up the regular-season Colonial Athletic Association slate. The Dukes, 2-2 against CAA foes, take on College of Charleston (9-12, 2-1 CAA) at 10 a.m.