April 20, 2014
Video Interviews: Athanasiadis | Hyoty | Coach Sheehan
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Highlighted by four straight-set singles victories, the top-seeded Boston University women's tennis team defeated No. 2 Army, 4-1, to claim the 2014 Patriot League Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Bucknell Varsity Tennis Courts.
Making its first appearance in the Patriot League tournament, the Terriers (14-6) captured the program's 23rd overall conference title after winning 22 as a member of the America East. With its eighth straight win, BU will be making the team's 14th appearance in the NCAAs and first since 2011.
The Black Knights (23-4) entered the title match as the nine-time defending conference champions and started strong by capturing the doubles point against the Terriers.
Sophomores Kim McCallum and Madison Craft teamed together for a comfortable 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles, but Army won the top-two contests, 8-4 and 8-2, for the 1-0 advantage.
Despite losing a hard-fought doubles point, the Terriers' confidence did not falter, as they dominated in singles. Recipient of the John "Pat" Rooney Award as the Patriot League Tournament MVP, sophomore Johanna Hyoty coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 win against Army's No. 1 player, Jamila Paul.
Senior co-captain Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis dropped the fewest games at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. McCallum won the third point at No. 6 singles by defeating Nancy Porter, 6-3, 6-4.
Following McCallum's victory, sophomore Lauren Davis sealed the title for the Terriers with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. She was joined for a big group hug by her teammates, including senior co-captain Kendal Drake and freshman Iris Lin.
Both junior Sami Lieb
and freshman Barbara Rodriguez
were leading when their respective singles matches were halted due to BU already clinching the Patriot League trophy.
Led by 29th-year head coach Lesley Sheehan, the Terriers will learn their first-round NCAA opponent and destination on Tuesday, April 29. The tournament will begin on Friday, May 9.
Boston University - 4, Army - 1
Apr 20, 2014 at Lewisburg, Pa. (Bucknell Varsity Tennis Courts)
1. Johanna Hyoty (BU) def. Jamila Paul (ARMY): 6-2, 6-1
2. Lauren Davis (BU) def. Carolyn Pitman (ARMY): 6-2, 6-1
3. Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (BU) def. Gabriella Spindler (ARMY): 6-1, 6-1
4. Sami Lieb (BU) led Della Taylor (ARMY): 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
5. Barbara Rodriguez (BU) led Elle Taylor (ARMY): 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
6. Kim McCallum (BU) def. Nancy Porter (ARMY): 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 6, 2, 4 (DNF), 5 (DNF)
1. D. Taylor/E. Taylor (ARMY) def. Hyoty/Athanasiadis (BU): 8-4
2. Paul/Pitman (ARMY) def. Lauren Davis/Barbara Rodriguez (BU): 8-2
3. McCallum / Madison Craft(BU) def. Porter/Maya Parker (ARMY): 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Boston University: 14-6
Patriot League Title Match
Terriers earn first NCAA bid since 2011