Women's Tennis Swats Towson 5-2; Men Fall 6-1

April 16, 2004

TOWSON, MD - On a record-setting day for Loyola's women's tennis team, the Greyhounds defeated Towson 5-2 at the Butler Courts while Loyola's men fell to Towson by a score of 6-1 on the road in non-conference matches Thursday afternoon.

The Greyhound women won the doubles point and four of six singles matches en route to the easy victory over their local rivals.

Carolyn Pilkington and Kaitlin Russo won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles while Amy Nitch and Claire Najour won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles to clinch the doubles portion of the contest. The triumph by Pilkington and Russo made Pilkington the all-time winningest doubles player in Loyola women's tennis history with 70 victories on her career as Russo moved in to a tie for second place on the all-time list in that category with 69 career wins. The previous school record-holder for most doubles wins in a career was Colleen Ruane (69), who graduated in 2003.

Russo capitalized on the momentum gained from her landmark doubles win in singles action as she rolled to a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles. No. 3 player Gina Turturiello recorded a 7-5, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles, Amy Nitch posted an easy 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles, and Claire Najour notched the final point of the match for the Greyhounds with a 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) win at the No. 5 slot.

In men's action, Loyola managed just two wins on the day with the first coming at No. 1 doubles when Nick Bowers and Dan Schiemel combined for an 8-4 victory. The second win for the Greyhounds came with Adam Wessinger's 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 4 singles.

Loyola's women's record improved to 13-4 on the year with the win while the men's record fell to 9-10.