Monday, 04 February 2019 02:50

Sunday Recap: Boston College Upsets #10 Syracuse; Michigan Mauls #6 Texas; Vandy Bounces Back Against Northwestern; Notre Dame Knocks Off Another Top 15 Foe

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Boston College pulled off the upset of the day on Sunday with a historic first-ever top 10 win when it upset No. 10 Syracuse 4-3 in a match that started before noon but almost lasted until the kickoff of the Super Bowl. The Eagles, now 7-0, jumped out to the early lead with what turned out to be a crucial doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Syracuse bounced back in singles and took the opening set on three of the four courts in action however each team would claim two wins a piece which meant it'd come down to the final two matches to go on court at No. 5 and No. 6. Syracuse tied it up at 3-3 with a straight set win at No. 6 but BC would get the clincher from freshman Laura Lopez who picked up a 7-6, 6-3 at No. 5. 

"I am so proud of how hard our girls compete," said head coach Nigel Bentley. "They have worked so hard. They understand there are no short cuts. They earned an awesome win today against a top-10 team. Our captain senior Jackie Urbinati had another amazing third set comeback and everyone really fed off her energy. Yufei Long was outstanding beating one of the nation's top players."

"To watch Laura get her first ACC win under that kind of pressure was tremendous to witness. The doubles teams battled hard every point, and everybody contributed to this complete team win. I'm very happy for our team and program, it's a great day for BC women's tennis."

Boston College 4, #10 Syracuse 3
Feb 3, 2019 at Chestnut Hill, Mass
DOUBLES (Order of Finish 2,1,3)
1. Gabriela Knutson / Miranda Ramirez (SU) def. Yufei Long / Jackie Urbinati (BC) 7-5
2. Dasha Possokhova / Elene Tsokilauri (BC) def. #24 Sofya Treshcheva / Sofya Golubovskaya (SU) 6-3
3. Natasha Irani / Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Dina Hegab / Guzal Yusupova (SU) 7-5
SINGLES (Order of Finish 1,3,2,4,6,5)
1. Yufei Long (BC) def. #43 Gabriela Knutson (SU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #92 Sofya Golubovskaya (SU) def. Kylie Wilcox (BC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
3. Jackie Urbinati (BC) def. Miranda Ramirez (SU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Guzal Yusupova (SU) def. Natasha Irani (BC) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
5. Laura Lopez (BC) def. Dina Hegab (SU) 7-6(5), 6-3
6. Sofya Treshcheva (SU) def. Dasha Possokhova (BC) 6-3, 6-2


Michigan ran its record to 3-1 after a convincing 6-1 rout over No. 6 Texas. The Wolverines took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then added five first sets in singles. All six matches would finish in straight sets with Michigan senior Kate Fahey providing the clincher at No. 1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Bianca Turati who spent a portion of last year as the ITA No. 1 ranked singles player. 

Michigan will be idle for the next three weeks before returning to action at home against Pepperdine and North Carolina the weekend of Feb 22-24. Texas heads to Seattle this coming weekend for the National Team Indoors. 

#13 Michigan 6, #6 Texas 1
Feb 3, 2019 at Ann Arbor, Mich
Singles – Order of finish (4-3-1-6-2-5)
1. #3 Kate Fahey (UM) def. Bianca Turati (UT), 6-2, 6-3
2. #27 Brienne Minor (UM) def. #49 Anna Turati (UT), 6-4, 7-5
3. #65 Giulia Pairone (UM) def. Bojana Markovic (UT), 6-4, 6-4
4. #36 Chiara Lommer (UM) def. #77 Fernanda Labraña (UT), 6-4, 6-1
5. Katie Poluta (UT) def. Anca Craciun (UM), 7-5, 7-5
6. Alyvia Jones (UM) def. #63 Tijana Spasojevic (UT), 7-5, 6-4
Doubles – Order of finish (2-1-3)
1. Kate Fahey/Giulia Pairone (UM) def. Bojana Markovic/Fernanda Labraña (UT), 6-3
2. Anna Turati/Bianca Turati (UT) def. Brienne Minor/Alyvia Jones (UM), 6-3
3. Bella Lorenzini/Chiara Lommer (UM) def. Katie Poluta/Tijana Spasojevic (UT), 6-4


Vanderbilt bounced back from a Saturday loss to No. 3 North Carolina with a 5-2 win on Sunday over No. 12 Northwestern. The Commodores had to overcome the loss of the doubles point after Northwestern picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 but they didn't trail for long after freshman Carolyn Campana rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4. Vandy took the lead with a straight set win from Fernanda Contreras at No. 1 and Emily Smith made it 3-1 after winning 12 of the final 13 games at No. 5. Vandy junior Christina Rosca clinched the match with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win at No. 2 with the teams then splitting the two remaining matches which were played out. 

"We have a lot of respect for Northwestern, they played a quality doubles point and for us to regroup to win on five out of six courts is incredible. They're a great team so we view this as a quality win," said head coach Geoff Macdonald.

#2 Vanderbilt 5, #12 Northwestern 2
Feb 03, 2019 at Nashville, Tenn. (Currey Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. Clarissa Hand (NU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Julie Byrne (NU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
3. Georgia Drummy (VANDY) def. Lee Or (NU) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
4. Carolyn Campana (VANDY) def. Inci Ogut (NU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Emily Smith (VANDY) def. Rheeya Doshi (NU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
6. Caroline Pozo (NU) def. Summer Dvorak (VANDY) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
Doubles competition
1. Fernanda Contreras/Emily Smith (VANDY) def. Clarissa Hand/Lee Or (NU) 6-4
2. Julie Byrne/Hannah McColgan (NU) def. Summer Dvorak/Christina Rosca (VANDY) 6-3
3. Rheeya Doshi/Caroline Pozo (NU) def. Georgia Drummy/Emma Kurtz (VANDY) 6-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,5,2,3,6)


Notre Dame finished off the weekend with a second top 15 win after defeating No. 14 Texas A&M 5-2. The Irish, which are now 6-0, picked up the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and then they added four opening sets in singles with two of them coming in tiebreaks. Richard Ciamarra made it 2-0 with a dominating win at No. 2 but Hady Habib would put the Aggies on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3. If was Habib's first dual-match since the 2016-17 season after he left the program last year to play on the pro circuit.  Texas A&M's Austin Abbrat tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 5 but Notre Dame would take the final three matches with Alex Lebedev clinching at No. 1 with a 7-6, 6-1 win. 

"It was another great performance from our team," Callaghan Family Head Coach Ryan Sachire said. "Texas A&M was a final four team last year so we knew it was going to be a tough match. They have been a consistently strong program and that's something we're working to become. We're not a finished product but we been doing a great job competing as one unit this season.

#13 Notre Dame 5, #14 Texas A&M 2
2/3/19 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Singles competition
1. #16 Alex Lebedev (ND) def. #89 Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
2. #63 Richard Ciamarra (ND) def. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Axel Nefve (ND) 6-2, 6-2
4. Tristan McCormick (ND) def. Noah Schachter (TAMU) 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Austin Abbrat (TAMU) def. #49 William Howells (ND) 6-2, 6-4
6. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) def. Alex Vedri (TAMU) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. #11 Richard Ciamarra/Tristan McCormick (ND) vs. Hady Habib/Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Alex Lebedev/Axel Nefve (ND) def. Valentin Vacherot/Jack Pulliam (TAMU) 6-3
3. #49 Grayson Broadus/Matt Gamble (ND) def. Barnaby Smith/Austin Abbrat (TAMU) 6-0
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 3-3; National ranking #14
Notre Dame 5-0; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (2, 3, 5, 6, 1, 4) 


Other Scores of Note:

  • (M) #1 Wake Forest def. #20 Oklahoma State 6-1 - Deacs won in straights at 1, 2, 3, & 4 with 5 & 6 playing a 10 point supertiebreak in lieu of a third set. NCAA singles runner-up Borna Gojo has not played yet this season - made the quarters at the Cleveland Challenger last week and will play in the Dallas Challenger this week. 
  • (M) #3 Mississippi State def. South Florida 6-1 - Bulldogs won in straights at 1, 3, 4, & 6 and in a third set STB at 2. USF won in straights at 5.
  • (M) #20 Tennessee def. Wichita State 5-2 - Vols top singles player Timo Stodder sat out - Vols won final two courts 7-5, 7-6 & 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
  • (M) #10 Baylor def. Nebraska 4-0 - Bears won all but one set in singles with top player Roy Smith not in the lineup after making the Round of 16 at the Cleveland Challenger
  • (M) #12 Virginia def. Kentucky 5-2 - Cavs rolled on the road winning comfortably at 1, 4, 6 singles - both of Kentucky's points came when 10-pt STB were played in lieu of third sets. 
  • (M) #23 Georgia def. Georgia Tech 4-0 - Match was much closer than the score indicated with all dubs matches either 7-5 or 7-6 and the top four singles matches all going the distance at the four court indoor facility
  • (M) Northwestern def. Duke 4-3 - NU won the final two matches in a third set to complete the comeback from 3-2 down
  • (M) Arkansas def. Tulsa 5-2 - Hogs took dubs and won four singles matches in straight sets
  • (M) Minnesota def. Auburn 7-0 - Great road trip for the Gophers who also defeated Alabama on Friday
  • (M) LSU def. Rice 6-1 - Tigers took dubs and won comfortably in straights at 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 - record now 6-1
  • (W) LSU def. Rice 7-0 - Tigers won three matches in straights and three in three sets - both men's match and women's match were played simultaneously - had previously done the same at Rice
  • (M) Louisville def. Dartmouth 4-2 - Cards came back from 2-0 down with Davie Mizrahi clinching 6-4 in the third at 6 - other remaining match was 4-4 in third
  • (W) #15 South Carolina def. #20 Texas Tech 4-1 - match would have probably finished 6-1 with SC up 5-2 in third on 1 and 7-5, 5-3 (40/40) on 4
  • (W) #8 UCLA def. Tulsa 4-0 - Bruins won every completed set in singles with most of them not very close
  • (W) #16 Ohio State def. Notre Dame 6-1 - all matches finished in straight sets 
  • (W) #23 UCF def. Baylor 6-1 - Knights won in straights at 1, 2, and 4 
  • (W) Purdue def. William & Mary 4-3 - Boiler junior Alex Sabe won the decider 6-4, 4-6, 6-1


***All quotes are from the respective school's recaps



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