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Pitt tennis off to fast start, wins first ever ACC match by defeating Louisville

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It's early, but so the Pitt tennis team has already accomplished as much as they have the past two seasons.

With a 5-2 win over Louisville on Friday, the Panthers accomplished a few goals. First, that gave the team its fourth victory of the year as they moved to 4-1 on the season. That's already as many as the program had in either of the past two years as they won only twice last year and four times in 2014. Already, the Panthers have defeated rivals West Virginia and #61 Penn State in addition to their victories against the Cardinals and Youngstown State.

The Louisville win was also significant for the program as it was their first ever ACC win as a member of the conference. The team's lone loss was in conference to No. 33 Notre Dame, and that was a narrow one (4-3).

It's far too early to tell if the program is on the right track. They've never been great and have suffered through two pretty disastrous seasons the past couple of years under new head coach Alex Santos. But when you consider that they've already gotten four wins and are off to their best start since 2012, there's at least a little hope for optimism.

Next up for the Panthers is a match against Buffalo on Saturday morning.

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