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Women's Tennis Starts Season with No. 45 National Ranking

Freshman Jessica Wacnik

Freshman Jessica Wacnik

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College women’s tennis will start its season as the 45th nationally-ranked team, according to the Campbell’s ITA College Tennis Rankings released on Tuesday. Four Eagles also earned national and regional rankings.

Freshman Jessica Wacnik earned a No. 108 national ranking and a No. 4 ranking in the Northeast region. The national ranking marked the highest for the Northeast region. In the fall, the newcomer won her flight at the USTA Invitational as the top-ranked seed and advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Regional.

Junior Alex Kelleher received the No. 11 regional ranking. The Worcester, Mass., native made it to the fourth round of the USTA/ITA Regional as a four seed and went 2-1 at the USTA Invite as her flight’s two seed. She and classmate Olga Khmylev ranked 11th in the nation and first in the Northeast, BC’s highest national and regional rankings in program history. The two won the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional, earning an automatic bid to the Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, where they went 2-1, defeating a seven seed and the No. 19 pair.

Wacnik’s doubles partner, senior Erina Kikuchi, earned the No. 9 ranking in the region, Kikuchi went 3-1 at the USTA Invitational, falling in the finals, and also advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Regional. The pair earned the second ranking in the Northeast and the 32nd spot nationally.  The doubles duo fell to BC teammates Kelleher and Khmylev in the USTA/ITA Regional finals.

"We are excited to see so many BC players recognized in the regional and national rankings,” said head coach Nigel Bentley. “The players have worked hard and I know we are all very eager for match play to begin.  We have a lot of hard work ahead and our schedule is extremely demanding, but we are looking forward to the upcoming challenges."

Overall, there are six players on the Eagle roster who have received national and regional rankings, as senior Katarina Gajic and junior transfer Kelly Barry earned recognition during the 2010-11 season. BC climbed as high as the 36th spot last season, the highest ranking in program history.

The Eagles open match play on Jan. 21 1 p.m. in Weymouth, Mass., against Dartmouth.

For complete rankings, visit the ITA website.

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