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Dartmouth Drops Spring Opener at No. 64 Boston College

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DEDHAM, Mass. – The Dartmouth women’s tennis team got wins in singles play at No. 1 from Katherine Yau and at No. 3 from captain Melissa Matsuoka, but fell 5-2 to No. 64 Boston College on Saturday evening at the Dedham Health and Athletic Complex. 

The Eagles got off to a strong start by taking the doubles point. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is testing a new format to shorten the length of college matches, so the 8-game pro set has been replaced by a 6-game set. Additionally, once a team has won two of the three doubles matches, the third match is suspended.

The Big Green’s No. 1 duo of Yau and Taylor Ng were defeated 6-4 by Jessica Wacnik and Lexxi Borr, the ITA Northeast Region’s third-ranked team, while Julienne Keong and Suzy Tan fell 6-2 at No. 3 to Katya Vasilyev/Wan-Yi Sweeting.

The No. 2 doubles match was then halted with Matsuoka and Akiko Okuda, who returned to action after spending the fall term working for a non-profit in Belize on a project funded by Dartmouth’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

In singles, Yau defeated Wacnik, the Northeast Region’s No. 14 player, 6-2,4-6,10-7 at the top spot. Ng was downed, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 by Borr, who is ranked No. 11 in the Northeast Region. Matsuoka handled Jen Ren in straight sets at No. 3, while Okuda, Suzy Tan, and Sarah Bessen all played hard-fought matches at No. 4-6, but were ultimately stopped by their BC opponents.

The Big Green return to action at Boston University on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m.

1. #8 Katherine Yau/Taylor Ng lost to #3 Jessica Wacnik/Lexxi Borr 6-4
2. Melissa Matsuoka/Akiko Okuda vs. Heini Salonen/Jen Ren DNF 5-2
3. Julienne Keong/Suzy Tan lost to Katya Vasilyev/Wan-Yi Sweeting 6-2
1. No. 12 Katherine Yau defeated No.14 Jessica Wacnik 6-2,4-6,10-7
2. No. 5 Taylor Ng lost to No. 11 Lexxi Borr 6-1,6-4
3. Melissa Matsuoka defeated Jen Ren 6-4,6-1
4. Akiko Okuda lost to Katya Vasilyev 6-3,6-3
5. Suzy Tan lost to Heini Salonen 6-3,6-4
6. Sarah Bessen lost to Emily Safron 6-4,6-3