Sept. 15, 1997
Boston College Women's Tennis Successful at SUNITY Invitational
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Coming off a season that saw them reach the NCAA Regionals, the Boston College women's tennis team, under the direction of head coach Mark Burns, had a successful start to 1997-98 at the SUNITY Invitational, hosted this weekend by Syracuse University. Although there was no team scoring, several Eagles excelled individually.
In the singles competition, four Boston College players reached the finals in their respective flights. Senior co-captain Christina Malone (St. Petersburg, Fla.), competing in flight number-five, won two matches, including one in straight sets over top-seeded Kendell White (Virginia), 6-2 and 6-4.
Sophomore Barbara Privrel (Zurich, Switzerland) along with freshmen Cynthia Tow (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Kiren Fernando (Lake Oswego, Ore.) also reached the finals. Privrel, playing in the top singles flight, won a hard-fought, three-set match over the number-two seed, Trishna Patel (Brown), 6-2, 1-6 and 6-2, to reach the championship round.
Both Tow and Fernando looked impressive in their first collegiate competition. Tow (number-two flight) and Fernando (number-four) won two matches each and battled their finals' opponents to three sets before losing.
In doubles play, the Boston College duo of Malone and sophomore Kim Arbuckle (Miami, Fla.), the top-seeded pair in flight number-three, advanced to the finals before losing, 8-5, to the number-two seed from Virginia (Christie Schweer/Leslie Cook).
Boston College will resume action this weekend when it travels to Virginia to compete in the William & Mary Invitational.