Freshman Audrey Ann Blakely
April 21, 2014
CARY, N.C. – In its first-ever ACC Tournament, the University of Pittsburgh women’s tennis team will take on Boston College in opening round action on Wednesday afternoon at the Cary Tennis Park.
The Panthers (4-14) earned the 15-seed and will take on the 10th seeded Boston College Eagles (13-9). Despite a singles victory on court four from Kimmy Borza, the Eagles defeated Pitt 6-1 in their regular-season match on March 21st in Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles are ranked 51st nationally heading into the ACC Tournament and this will be the 10th straight nationally ranked opponent the Panthers have faced in a row.
"We have eight highly motivated girls ready to compete against a very good Boston College team," head coach Alex Santos said. "We are excited to play in one of the most prestigious events in college tennis. The key will reside in our ability to play long points and to put one more ball back in the court."
Pitt has had three different players earn a win over a ranked singles opponent during the ACC season, including freshman Lolade Ogungbesan defeating No. 31 Hanna Mar of Duke, freshman Audrey Ann Blakely defeating No. 40 Kelsey Laurente of Miami and senior Taylor Washington taking down No. 47 Whitney Kay of North Carolina. Blakely also became the first ever Panther to crack in individual ITA national rankings, checking in at No. 86 earlier this season.
North Carolina earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament, followed by Miami, Virginia and Clemson who all received double-byes into the quarterfinals of the tournament. Seeds 5-9 include Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Florida State and Syracuse. Those teams have one bye, while day on of action with see No. 12 Maryland vs. No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 11 Virginia Tech vs. No. 14 NC State and No. 10 Boston College vs. No. 15 Pitt.
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