Women's Tennis Tops Georgia Tech in Dramatic Fashion
March 15, 2014
Dedham, Mass. - In an epic five-and-a-half hour match, No. 45 Boston College women's tennis upset No. 20 Georgia Tech, 4-3, in a thrilling, come-from-behind victory at the Dedham Health and Fitness Club. The victory was the Eagles' team (9-4, 1-4 ACC) first over a top-20 team since a win over 20th-ranked Florida State on April 6, 2013.
The match against the Yellow Jackets (6-4, 3-2 ACC) seesawed back and forth throughout the evening and came down to the No. 6 singles match as sophomore Wan-Yi Sweeting came back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to earn the win for the Eagles.
Georgia Tech jumped out in front early, winning the doubles point. It was an early indication it was going to be a long evening as the doubles matches lasted almost two hours.
"We have been talking all week about not getting too high or too low after the doubles point," head coach Nigel Bentley said. "As we went into singles play, we wanted to stay calm, believe in ourselves and find a way to win."
In singles action, the Ramblin Wreck increased its lead to 2-0, winning at the No. 5 position as Muriel Wacker defeated sophomore Jennifer Ren, 6-1, 6-4. BC got on the board when freshman Lexi Borr earned a two-set victory over Rasheeda McAdoo in the No. 3 spot, tallying 6-2 scores in both sets.
"Lexi looked super confident and played a great match. I think the rest of the team feed of her emotion. She has been working so hard in practice and it really showed tonight," Bentley said.
Georgia Tech increased the lead to 3-1 winning at the No. 4 spot as Megan Kurey tallied 7-6(6), 6-0 wins over freshman Emily Safron. BC quickly countered when junior Jessica Wacnik and sophomore Katya Vasilyevat ended their matches at the same time, in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively, winning in straight sets and even the team score at three, which set the stage for Sweeting.
With both teams watching every point, Sweeting rallied from losing the first set, 3-6, to win the second one, 6-3, to force a tiebreaker. She took the win, 7-5, to give the Eagles the victory and their first conference win of the season.
"What a great match. This was a marathon and a total team win. Everybody contributed. I am so proud of how hard we fought and fought. We have been so close in many of the matches against the top teams in the country and to finally pull out a win against a really good Georgia Tech team is extremely satisfying," Bentley said after the victory.
The Eagles return to action Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host Notre Dame at the Dedham Health and Fitness Club.