Feb. 2, 2013
Freshman Katya Vasilyev overcame a first set injury to win her singles match and help Boston College defeat Maryland, 4-3, in its ACC opener at the Dedham Health & Athletic Complex in Dedham, Mass., on Friday night.
The Eagles (3-0, 1-0 ACC) won four of six singles matches while dropping the doubles point to the Terrapins (2-1, 0-1 ACC).
"It was a very close match tonight. To win these types of matches you need to be willing to put in tremendous effort and probably know you'll be playing with some pain," head coach Nigel Bentley said. "All the matches were long, but we have been working very hard in practice, and I thought our conditioning helped us. I am very proud of our players. We fought really hard."
Vasilyev defeated Maryland's Olga Gaistruk 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 after suffering an injury during the first set tiebreaker to pick up an important victory for the Eagles.
Seniors Alex Kelleher and Kelly Barry along with freshman Heini Salonen each picked up victories in tight singles matches.
"We overcame a slow start in doubles but played with a lot of guts and emotion in singles. Our two freshmen, Katya Vasilyev and Heini Salonen, continue to play beautifully and were huge for us, and it was awesome to see them get their first ACC singles wins," Bentley said. "It was also really nice to see seniors Alex and Kelly, who work so hard, step up with great wins. I think we are thrilled to get our first ACC team win."
"It was great to come together as a team and get our first ACC win," Kelleher said. "Conference wins are always important because they help us build on our confidence for rest of the season. It was truly a team effort to pull off such a close match against tough competition."
Boston College next plays in the ECAC Championships from Feb. 8-10 in New York, N.Y., at Columbia University.
Boston College Results: (4-3)
No. 1 - Jessica Wacnik and Alex Kelleher (BC) defeat Vroni Van Berlo and Olga Gaistruk (MD), 8-1
No. 2 - Sarah Gealer and Gabriela Srodowski (MD) defeat Katya Vasilyev and Olga Khmylev (BC), 8-3
No. 3 - Nataliya Bredikhina and Olga Bredikhina (MD) defeat Ina Kauppila and Wan-Yi Sweeting (BC), 9-8 (3)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
No. 1 - Vroni Van Berlo (MD) defeats Jessica Wacnik (BC), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 - Alex Kelleher (BC) defeats Olga Bredikhina (MD), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 - Kelly Barry (BC) defeats Sarah Gealer (MD), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
No. 4 - Katya Vasilyev (BC) defeats Olga Gaistruk (MD), 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Heini Salonen (BC) defeats Gabriela Srodowski (MD), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
No. 6 - Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) defeats Olga Khmylev (BC), 7-6 (5), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 1, 4, 3, 6