PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 22, 2012) – Junior Vanessa Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) won her quarterfinal match in the main singles draw at the 2012 USTA/ITA Division I Women’s Northeast Regional Championship, hosted by Army in West Point, N.Y., Monday. Petrini downed fifth-seeded Jessica Wacnik of Boston College, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinal round. There, she fell to No. 11 Amanda Mulliawan of Princeton (6-3, 3-6, 2-6).
“Vanessa had a fantastic run in this tournament,” said head coach Ben Bucca. “She gave it her all and played really strong tennis. She has shown significant improvement throughout the year and it culminated with this performance.”
This is the second season in a row that Petrini advanced to the semifinals of the regional championship as she became the first player in Rutgers history to advance that far last season.
Down 5-1 in the third set to Wacnik, Petrini surged. Trailing 40-0 in the seventh game, she came back to win it, making it 5-2. She then came out on top in five-straight games to win the match 7-5.
“It was a three-hour match with a comeback of epic proportions,” said Bucca.
Wacnik was the second higher-seeded opponent Petrini defeated, beating No. 1 Nicole Bartnik of Columbia in the Round of 32. She also picked up victories over Laila Judeh (Cornell) in the opening round and Jessica Harrow (Brown) in the Round of 16 to earn her spot in the quarterfinals.
The tournament seeded the top 16 players into the bracket with numbers 17 through 32 being placed alphabetically into the field. Petrini was assigned to the latter category.
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