HARMAR, Pa. – After dropping the doubles point, No. 8 California (Pa.) rallied to win four singles matches on Wednesday to earn a 4-3 victory against Pittsburgh.
With the win, the Vulcans improve to 13-5 overall with four wins against Division I programs. Meanwhile, Pitt falls to 8-7 this season.
The Panthers captured the doubles point after winning two of the three doubles matches. At the first position, seniors Martina Rubesova and Franziska Steinhardt suffered a 9-7 loss to Jocelyn Lu and Taylor Washington. Senior Annabel Pieschl and junior Jade Pondicas earned their team-leading 21st doubles win of the season by posting an 8-3 victory at second doubles against Pitt’s Gabrielle Catanzariti and Kimmy Borza. Twins Amanda and Molly Wickman tallied an 8-6 win against senior Anastassiya Zherdeva and freshman Jesse Burrell at the third slot on Wednesday.
Rubesova extended her winning streak to six matches, collecting a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Lu at first singles. Pieschl posted a 6-3, 6-2 win against Catanzariti at the second slot, while Pondicas suffered a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Washington at the third position.
At fifth singles, Steinhardt posted a 7-6, 6-1 win against Molly Wickman, and Burrell dropped a 6-1, 6-3 match to Borza at the sixth position. Zherdeva clinched the match victory at the fourth slot when she outlasted Amanda Wickman by a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 count.