March 21, 2014
The Pitt tennis team (4-6, 0-6 ACC) dropped a 6-1 match on the road at No. 34 Boston College on Friday night.
“We faced and lost to a tremendous Boston College team today,” said head coach Alex Santos. “Each court came down to a matter of inches, but give credit to BC for being able to convert. There are not enough words to describe how proud I am of this group of girls. The intensity, fight and care we showed today was impressive.”
Pitt’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Taylor Washington and Audrey Ann Blakely was outstanding as they dominated Boston College’s Heini Salonen and Jennifer Ren, winning 8-0. The doubles point went to the Eagles, however, as they captured courts two and three, both with 8-4 wins.
“Taylor (Washington) and Audrey Ann (Blakely) played flawless tennis at the No. 1 doubles position. In singles, both Taylor and Audrey Ann were able to come back from a set down playing aggressive smart tennis. Great things are ahead if they keep moving in this direction.
“Lolade (Ogungbesan) fought back from three match points down and showed her best ever reaction to adversity on the court. Kimmy (Borza) definitely left her heart on the court today and showed that she simply wanted it more than her opponent. As a coach you always want your seniors to lead the way for the younger girls, and Kimmy was able to demonstrate today what Pitt Tennis is about.”
The Panthers battled in singles with Blakely and Washington on courts one and two taking it down to the wire. In both matches, Pitt dropped the first set and fought back to win the second before falling in a tough fashion. Blakely fell 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 to Wacnik and Washington suffered a heartbreaking 6-1, 1-6, 7- loss to Vasilyev.
On court three, Ogungbesan came up just short in both sets to Borr with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) decision.
Pitt’s point came on court four with a gutsy performance from Borza on court four as she defeated Ren of Boston College, 6-3, 5-7, 2-1 in a hard-fought match.
Amanda Wickman dropped a 6-1, 6-4 match on court five to Emily Safron and Molly Wickman fell at No. 6, but not without a fight. Molly was defeated by Salonen in the first set 6-1, but came back to win the second set, 6-3. Salonen earned the win, however, with the 10-7 decision.
Pitt travels to No. 6-ranked Virginia on Sunday for a noon match with the Cavaliers.
No. 1 Audrey Ann Blakely/Taylor Washington (PITT) def. Heini Salonen/Jennifer Ren (BC) 8-0
No. 2 Katya Vasilyev/Lexi Borr (BC) def. Lolade Ogungbesan/Amanda Wickman (PITT) 8-4
No. 3 Jessica Wacnik/Wan-Yi Sweeting (BC) def. Jocelyn Lu/Molly Wickman (PITT) 8-4
No. 1 Jessica Wacnik (BC) def. #86 Audrey Ann Blakely (PITT) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
No. 2 Katya Vasilyev (BC) def. Taylor Washington (PITT) 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
No. 3 Lexi Borr (BC) def. Lolade Ogungbesan (PITT) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 4 Kimmy Borza (PITT) def. Jennifer Ren (BC) 6-3, 5-7, 2-1 def
No. 5 Emily Safron (BC) def. Amanda Wickman (PITT) 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Heini Salonen (BC) def. Molly Wickman (PITT) 6-1, 3-6, 10-7