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Both Tennis Teams Start Spring Break with Wins over South Dakota

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 9, 2009) - The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s tennis teams both earned victories over South Dakota State on Monday. In their first matches of spring break, the Husky squads earned a pair of 6-1 victories at the Orlando Classic.

“This was a great start for both teams on our spring break trip,” head coach Glenn Marshall said. “The players are adapting quickly to the elements of playing outdoors and I look forward to a great week of training and matches.”

Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.) and Joey Michaels (Rochester Hills, Mich.) with a 9-8 (3) victory in the final schedule doubles match secured the doubles point along with Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio) and Andrew Marcus (Potomac, Md.) at No. 1. Warden and Marcus won their battle 9-8 (0) to help UConn secure a 1-0 lead going into singles play.

UConn swept the doubles as Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz.) and Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) won their second doubles match, 8-3.

Goldstein was not able translate his doubles success into a win at first singles. He fell to Corey Paluch in two sets (6-4, 7-5). Michaels’ No. 3 singles match was a highlight for the Huskies as he shutout his South Dakota opponent to win 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Marcus defeated Michael Engdahl 6-4, 6-2.

Adams and Cook both shutout their opponents in the first set of their victories at fifth and sixth singles, respectively. Adams took his second set 6-1 to win while Cook won 6-3 to wrap up singles play for Connecticut.

The Jackrabbits fell to a similar fate at the hands of the women’s tennis team on Monday. Connecticut swept the doubles competition, getting things started with an 8-1 victory at No. 1 from Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Allison Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.). BreAnn Cheung (Tucson, Ariz.) and Katie Moritz (York, Pa.) won the doubles point for UConn with an 8-3 victory at No. 2 doubles.

LoRusso lost a challenging three-set battle in the first singles match. She came back in the second set, winning 7-6 before ultimately falling 10-4 in the final.

UConn got on track in singles play with Campitiello winning a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 2 and Cheung earning a two-set victory at No. 3.

Moritz returned won her No. 4 singles match 6-1, 6-3. Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) took down her South Dakota opponent with a pair of 6-4 victories. At No. 6 singles, Searle won a 6-1, 6-2 decision.

The women’s tennis team resumes play on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. match against Radford while the men’s team will play Monmouth on the same day.

Connecticut 6, South Dakota 1
No.1 Corey Paluch (SDS) def Joe Goldstein (UConn). 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 Andrew Marcus (UConn) def. Michael Engdahl (SDS), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 Joey Michaels (UConn) def. Alex Lauseng (SDS), 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Scott Warden (UConn) def. Justin Pyle (SDS) 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 Dave Adams (UConn) def. Evan Sims (SDS), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6. Tom Cook (UConn) def. Cody Malik (SDS), 6-0, 6-3

No. 1 Warden/Marcus (UConn) def. Paluch/Engdahl (SDS), 9-8 (0)
No. 2 Goldstein/Cook (UConn) def. Pyle/Sims (SDS), 8-3
No. 3 Adams/Michaels (UConn) def. Wade/Kippley (SDS), 9-8 (3)

Connecticut 6, South Dakota 1
No. 1 Bryna Nasenbeny (SDS) def. Kelley LoRusso (UConn), 6-1, 6-7, 10-4
No. 2 Allison Campitiello (UConn) def. Caitlin Brannen(SDS), 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 BreAnn Cheung (UConn) def. Carrie Jansen (SDS), 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 Katie Moritz (UConn) def. Nellie Bloomberg (SDS), 6-1 6-3
No. 5 Emily Herb (UConn) def. Megan McDougall (SDS), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Emily Searle (UConn) def. Katie Elifson (SDS) 6-1, 6-2

No. 1 LoRusso/Campitiello (UConn) def. Nasanberg/Brannon (SDS), 8-1
No. 2 Cheung/Mortiz (UConn) def. Janson/Bloomber (SDS), 8-3
No. 3 Searle/Jennifer Marotta (UConn) def. McDougal/Bethany Goeden (SDS), 8-5