June 4, 2014
ITA Regional Rankings
BOSTON - After ending the season with a 14-7 record and clinching the program's first NCAA berth since 2011, the Patriot League champion Boston University women's tennis team was recognized in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings.
Tabbed ninth in the year-end Northeast Region poll, the Terriers featured two singles players, sophomores Lauren Davis and Johanna Hyoty, in the top 20 with Hyoty also being recognized in doubles with senior Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis.
BU was a dominating force in its first season in the Patriot League, winning its three tournament matches by a combined score of 13-1. The Terriers cruised past the nine-time defending conference champion Army Black Knights for their 23rd overall conference title and 14th NCAA bid.
Other in-season highlights included a thrilling 4-3 win at defending CAA champion William & Mary and an eight-match win streak entering the NCAA tournament appearance at No. 12 Miami.
Hyoty went 18-10 in singles, including 13-5 during the dual season, to finish the year ranked tied-for-20th. Highlighted by an appearance in the quarterfinals of the ITA Regionals, she also went 19-7 with Athanasiadis to claim a No. 10 doubles ranking.
During the three-day Patriot League tournament, the Tampere, Finland native won 34 of 38 games played at the top singles slot. As a result of her success on the court, Hyoty received Patriot League Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors while after being tabbed the top Player of the Month for March and April.
Davis received her second consecutive year-end regional ranking at No. 16 after posting a team-high 19 wins in singles action. A native of Mitchellville, Maryland, she split time with Hyoty at the No. 1 and 2 singles positions to finish with a record of 13-4 in dual action. Highlights of her season included a three-set win at the No. 2 slot over then-No. 68 Boston College and a round of 16 appearance at the ITA Regionals.
Guided by Patriot League Coach of the Year Lesley Sheehan, who has just concluded her 29th season, the Terriers will enter the 2014-15 season with just the loss of Athanasiadis from the starting line-up.
A native of Haltern am See, Germany, Athanasiadis graduated from BU as a two-time America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year and superb doubles player who previously earned a national ranking with former teammate Vivien Laszloffy ('13).