Sports, Spring, Women's Tennis

BC Women’s Tennis off to a Hot Start After Back-to-Back Victories

Boston College women’s tennis has kicked the spring season off with a solid start, dominating Brown on the singles courts this Monday in its second matchup of the year. Just a week prior, the Eagles (2-0) opened their season with a narrow victory over Dartmouth. 

After a competitive opening three doubles matches, the Eagles surrendered the Bears (0-1) a 1-0 advantage early on as Brown won big in the second and third spots to take the doubles point. 

“We came out playing aggressively and followed our game plan through the last point of our doubles play,” Brown’s head coach Lucie Schmidhauser commented on the successful start. 

Nonetheless, the Eagles persevered and did not let the early losses discourage them in singles play. 

BC went undefeated in singles matches on the day to complete the 6-1 road victory. Three of those single matches were finished in straight sets, with Yufei Long, Laura Lopez, and Elene Tsokilauri winning a combined 70 percent of their individual games to close out their quick sweeps. 

Kylie Wilcox, Natasha Irani and Dasha Possokhova all demonstrated great resilience and stamina throughout the day, each winning in the third set by a margin of at least three games to close the match. 

“We were very strong in the third sets and our off-court conditioning was a big plus for us,” said BC head coach Nigel Bentley after the game. 

Coming off Saturday’s comeback win against Dartmouth, BC has proven it can compete at a high level and has grown since the fall season. Looking forward, the Eagles are set to take on UMass this Thursday 4 p.m. at the Margot Connell Recreation Center for their first home game in the new complex. 

After that, it will be a quick turnaround for the Eagles, who will visit Harvard on Friday, followed by a double header this weekend starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday with Fordham and Rhode Island visiting. BC will look to continue its undefeated start to the season and carry its momentum forward through the week. The Eagles have built up some confidence moving into the thick of the season, as they will face some tough in-conference matches very soon. 

Results from Monday’s match are listed below: 


1. Long/Wilcox, (BC) def. Kowalsky/Lau (B), 6-4

2. Newman/Peus (B) def. Possokhova/Wilcox, H. (BC), 6-1

3. Jack/Reddy (B) def. Tsokilauri (BC), 6-2


1. Yufei Long (BC) def. Devon Jack (B), 6-2, 6-2

2. Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Britany Lau (B), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

3. Natasha Irani (BC) def. Courtney Kowalsky (B), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

4. Dasha Possokhova (BC) def. Ryan Peus (B), 7-6, 4-6, 6-2

5. Laura Lopez (BC) def. Sophia Reddy (B), 6-2, 6-2

6. Elene Tsokilauri (BC) def. Julia Newman (B), 6-3, 6-4

Featured Image by Jess Rivilis / Heights Editor

January 22, 2020

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