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Women's Tennis Excels at USTA/ITA Regional Championships

Junior Alex Kelleher

Junior Alex Kelleher

Oct. 25, 2011

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New Haven, Conn. - The Boston College women's tennis team made a stellar showing at the 2011 USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championship, hosted by Yale, over the weekend. Two of the three doubles team advanced in the semifinals on Monday to play each other in for the championship match while two Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals in singles action.

Freshman Jessica Wacnik and senior Erina Kikuchi made it to the quarterfinal round of the regional championship. They also paired up to advance to the finals of the doubles draw, where they faced fellow Eagles Olga Khmylev and Alex Kelleher, both juniors.

Seventh-seeded pair Khymlev and Kelleher earned an automatic bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on November 3-6 by defeating their BC counterparts, 8-6. They began the tournament by beating defeating Brown's Caldwell/Krasowski in the first round, 8-3, and Stony Brook's Hanson/Pike, 8-4, in the second round. They advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Penn's Do/Ion team, 8-5, and took down Princeton's ninth-seeded pair of Saiontz/Goepel, 8-4, to face Yale's Brook/Yu, ranked sixth, in the semis. The Eagles won out, 8-5.

Wacnik and Kikuchi, the fifth-seeded pair, had a similar journey to the finals as they defeated Columbia's Sanon/Takenaga, 8-5, in the first round and moved on to take down Connecticut's Leamouth/Weinberg team by the same score. They advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Yajima/Ryan of Fairfield, 8-2, and then beat out ninth-seeded pair Ordway/O'Neil, 8-2. In the semifinals, the BC team took down Yale's Sullivan/Li, also seeded ninth, 8-4, to advance to the championship match.

Wacnik, a 17th seed, fell to sixth-seed Elizabeth Epstein of Yale on Monday afternoon in quarterfinal action, 6-4, 7-5. After a bye in the first round, the Orlando Park, Ill., native defeated Fairleigh Dickinson's Julia Pranti, 6-2, 6-4, before going on to beat Brown's Sarah Kandath, 6-1, 6-3. In the round of 16, Wacnik took down the No. 1 overall seed, Hilary Bartlett of Princeton, in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 6-3) to advance.

Kikuchi earned the fifth seed, and after her bye, defeated Katherine Hanson of Stony Brook, 6-0, 6-3. She went on to take down Fairfield's Monica Yajima, 6-1, 7-5, and Harvard's Kristin Norton, 6-1, 6-0, who was the 12th seed. The New York native took on three-seed Nicole Bartnik of Columbia in the quarterfinals and fell, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Kelleher, ranked fourth, made it to the fourth round before falling to 17th-seed Vanessa Petrini from Rutgers, 6-2, 6-4. After her bye, she took down two opponents, including winning every game in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, over a 17th seed from Brown, Jessica Harrow.

Khmylev and senior Katarina Gajic each won one match before bowing out, as Khmylev defeated Princeton's Lindsay Graff, 6-1, 6-1, and Gajic, the 14th seed, defeated Quinnipiac's Rachel Cantor, 6-1, 6-2, after a bye in the first round. Junior Kelly Barry fell in a hard-fought first match to Brown's Laura Wiley, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Barry and Gajic also paired up in doubles action. They defeated Columbia's Bartnik/Leung in the first round, 8-1, and then Rutgers' No. 9 Holzberg/Petrini, 8-4. The BC team fell to Yale's Brook/Yu, 8-3, in the following round.

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