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March 17, 2017

PITTSBURGH - Although clinching the doubles point, the Pitt tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to ACC foe Boston College Friday afternoon at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center.
 
With the loss, the Panthers move to 3-5 on the season and 0-4 in conference play.
 
The Panthers began the match against Boston College with a dramatic doubles victory. The duo of redshirt senior Amber Washington and junior Callie Frey made quick work of the Eagles duo of Dasha Possokhova and Kylie Wilcox, winning 6-1. After being tight early at 2-1, the Pitt tandem won four straight games to give Pitt the doubles advantage in convincing fashion.
 
Sophomore Clara Lucas and senior Audrey Ann Blakely battled the Eagles tandem of Lexi Borr and Emily Safron. Boston College took a 3-1 lead early in the match before Pitt rallied to tie things up at 4-4. During the crucial 4-4 deadlock, the two sides battled to a 40-40 tiebreak, before Lucas and Blakely combined to record the game-winning point in a dramatic back-and-forth rally. The Panthers were unable to put away the Eagles in the following game, as BC came back to tie the match at 5 all. Pitt's duo would rally to win the next two games, including another 40-40 tiebreak to win the deciding seventh game.
 
Moving into singles matches with the 1-0 lead, the Panthers struggled out of the gates, dropping their first three singles matches.
 
The Panthers would finally capture their first singles point when Blakely defeated Borr, 7-5, 6-2 on court two. The senior had to battle in set one, as she trailed the majority of the set. Down 5-4, she rattled off three straight games to capture the first frame. The following set went much smoother for Blakely as she jumped out to a 5-0 lead before winning 6-2 for her 11th win of the season. She brought the score to 3-2, keeping Pitt alive in the match.
 
On court four, Frey dropped her match to Kylie Wilcox in three sets, giving Boston College their fourth point and sealed the victory for the Eagles.  
 
In the final match to conclude on court one, Washington and Asiya Dair battled in a three set thriller. Washington dominated the first set, winning six straight after dropping the first game. During the second set, Dair led most of the way before Washington battled back to a 5-5 deadlock. She would drop the next two games and head to a third set. Washington came out firing, grabbing a 3-0, but the lead would be short lived as Dair rattled off the next three games to knot things up at three games apiece. Washington would go on to win three of the next four to capture the match, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. The Panthers second double point of the day left team just short of victory, falling 4-3.
 
The Panthers are back in action, Sunday, March 19 when they head to Clemson, S.C., to take on the Tigers.
 
Doubles
1. Amber Washington/Callie Frey (UP) def. Dasha Possokhova/Kylie Wilcox (BC) 6-1
2. Audrey Ann Blakely/Clara Lucas (UP) def. Lexi Borr/Emily Safron (BC) 7-5
3. Elene Tsokilauri/Jackie Urbinati (BC) def. Gabriela Rezende/Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-3
 
Singles
1. Amber Washington (UP) def. Asiya Dair (BC) 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
2. Audrey Ann Blakely (UP) def. Lexi Borr (BC) 7-5, 6-2
3. Dasha Possokhova (BC) def. Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Emily Safron (BC) def. Callie Frey (UP) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. Elene Tsokilauri (BC) def. Clara Lucas (UP) 6-1, 6-2
6. Jackie Urbinati (BC) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-1, 6-2
 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,6,3,2,4,1)
Pitt Falls to Boston College, 4-3

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