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Sunday, January 22, 2017

BC at UVA

Match between two interesting teams.
Both teams recruited well this season, so it was an intriguing match.

Result from UVA;

No. 23 Virginia 4, Boston College 3

Singles

Cassie Mercer (UVA) def. No. 103 Asiya Dair (BC) 6-2, 6-3

Mercer played #6 last season. A surprise, and she actually defeated Dair in 2, quite a feat.

Lexi Borr (BC) def. No. 79 Rosie Johanson (UVA), 6-4, 6-4

Not a surprise of course. Borr is a crafty veteran.

No. 124 Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. Kylie Wilcox (BC), 6-1, 6-3

Thought Kelley might play higher, since she had quite an impressive season last year as freshman(played #4 behind the famed trio of Collins/Elbaba/Nauta). So no surprise finishing the match early.

Dasha Possokhova (BC) def. Chloe Gullickson (UVA), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Match between those promising freshmen. Both are very aggressive hitters.

Emily Safron (BC) def. Camille Favero (UVA), 6-2, 6-1

Hunter Bleser (UVA) def. Elene Tsokilauri (BC), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Another match between the freshmen. I thought Bleser was a better doubles player. Tsokilauri is another big hitter, so certainly an impressive win.

Order of Finish: 5, 3, 2, 1, 6, 4

Doubles
Gullickson/Mercer (UVA) vs. Borr/Possokhova (BC), 4-3 (unfinished) Johanson/Kelley (UVA) def. Urbinati/Wilcox (BC), 6-1
Bleser/Favero (UVA) def. Dair/Safron (BC), 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 3

I see that Urbinati didn't even play singles. BC really is not a bad team; certainly possess depth. Possokhova playing #1 doubles isn't surprising either(she has excellent touch). That said, Kelley at #2, Bleser at #3..UVA doubles is nothing to laugh at.

Will be interesting to see how both teams progress(UVA is now a very young team).

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