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Roundup: Varapongsittikul wins twice at ITA Regional

Three members of Boston Univeristy’s men’s tennis team participated in the round of 64 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional at Yale University last week.

Sophomore Chanon Varapongsittikul won two qualifying matches by scores of 6–0, 7–5 and 6–1, 6–1 against opponents from Hofstra University and Fairfield University, respectively. In the round of 64, Varapongsittikul fell to David Raymond of Niagara University in three sets — 5–7, 6–0, 6–0.

Senior Josh Friedman received an automatic berth into the singles round of 64, as well as the doubles round of 64. In the first round of singles, Friedman also fell in a three sets after taking the first. The tandem of Friedman and senior Michael Kopelman lost in the round of 64, falling 8–4 to the tandem of Ellortegui/Gallegos from Niagara.

The women’s tennis team’s appearance at the ITA Northeast Regional was highlighted by the performance of 32nd-seeded freshman Lauren Davis. Davis participated in the round of 32 not only in singles, but in doubles with partner and classmate Madison Croft.

Davis received a bye in the round of 128 before coasting past Maxie Weinberg of the University of Connecticut 6–3, 6–0 in the round of 64.

However, Davis fell in two sets to seventh-seeded Hanna Yu, of Yale.

Davis and Croft defeated their opponents from Niagara 8–6 in the round of 64, but lost in the round of 32 to the 16th-ranked pair of Erin Colton and Jamila Paul from The United States Military Academy at West Point.

The other Terriers to win matches in the Regional were junior Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis and sophomore Sami Lieb. Athanasiadis, after defeating her opponent in the singles round of 64, fell to fifth-ranked Jessica Wacnik of Boston College 6–4, 6–3. Lieb fell in the round of 64 by margins of 6–1 and 7–5.

Head of the Charles 

In the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston University women’s rowing recorded three top-20 finishes. With a time of 19:17.70, the Terriers’ club fours finished in second place, less than four tenths of a second behind TBC Racing. BU was the champion of this event in 2011. Sophomore Katie Scott coxed while freshman Liv Wihtol stroked.

BU’s other top-20 finishes came in the championship eights (19th) and the championship fours (13th). The Terrier teams finished in times of 17:34.11 and 20:37.76, respectively.

BU men’s crew had slightly more success than the women’s rowing team. Overall, BU finished with four top 10 finishes in the Regatta.

Terrier boats took ninth in the championship eights, fifth in club fours and fourth and seventh in club eights.

The fourth-finishing club eights boat finished in 15:15.87 and was coxed by Marguerite Read and stroked by Vassilis Ragoussis.

The fifth place club foursboat was coxed by Sean Hacker-Teper and finished with a time of 17:20.96.

Additionally, each of the four members of BU’s coaching staff participated in races on the Charles. Boatman Russ Cone took home the senior master singles victory, while head coach Thomas Bohrer took third place in the same event.


America East basketball polls were released on Monday. BU men’s basketball was chosen to finish in third at the annual basketball media day, whereas women’s basketball was chosen to finish second.

Men’s basketball received 49 points, trailing defending America East champion University of Vermont (60 points) and Stony Brook University (58 points). With a league-high eight regular season titles, BU will play its last campaign as a member of the America East before it moves to the Patriot League in 2013.

The women received 56 points and finished behind the University at Albany, which received 61 points in the preseason polls.

Three Terriers were also selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team.

Junior guard D.J. Irving of the men’s team was selected after leading the America East in assists last year, with 5.4 per game. He was the first Terrier to achieve this feat since 1990.

Senior guards Chantell Alford and Mo Moran were selected to the preseason All-Conference team from the women’s team. Alford, who is a two-time America East Player of the Year, was selected to the team unanimously.

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