Wacnik Leads Way for Women's Tennis at ITA Northeast Regional
Oct. 23, 2012
Sophomore Jessica Wacnik won three matches to reach the quarterfinals of singles play and advanced to the semifinals in doubles action with partner Olga Khmylev to highlight Boston College's participation in the USTA/ITA Women's Northeast Regional Championships in West Point, N.Y. on the campus of Army.
Wacnik, a five seed in the singles draw, received a bye in the round of 128 before taking consecutive victories in the rounds of 64, 32, and 16. The Orland Park, Ill., native defeated - in order - Suzy Tan of Dartmouth 6-1, 6-3, Leonie Athanasiadis of Boston University 6-4, 6-3, and 16th-seeded Madeleine Hamilton of Yale 6-3, 6-1. Wacnik's run ended with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 loss to Vanessa Petrini of Rutgers in the quarterfinals.
Khmylev, a senior out of Buffalo, N.Y., teamed with Wacnik to reach the semifinals of the doubles draw. The two won four consecutive matches in the rounds of 64, 32, 16 and in the quarterfinals. The tandem downed - in order - Sarah Ali and Bella Genkina of Fordham 8-2, Amanda Lin and Sylvia Li of Harvard 8-6, Jessica Harrow and Ashley Noyes of Brown 9-8 (9), and fourth-seeded Madeleine Hamilton and Annie Sullivan of Yale 8-6. The tournament concluded for the pair in an 8-6 loss to Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga of Columbia in the semifinals.
The event began on Friday, Oct. 19 and concluded on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with all matches taking place inside the Lichtenberg Tennis Center at the United States Military Academy.
Head coach Nigel Bentley and the Eagles return to action with the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, N.Y. from Nov. 8-11 and the Harvard Invitational from Nov. 9-11 in Cambridge, Mass.
Boston College Results:
(32) Alex Kelleher
(5) Jessica Wacnik
(8) Olga Khmylev and Jessica Wacnik