April 15, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 victory over Seton Hall in BIG EAST tennis action on Friday afternoon.
"The team came out very focused today in doubles, and it set the tone for the match," said Director of Tennis Glenn Marshall. "We hung tough and won close matches at number one and number three doubles. Our number two doubles team came from behind to force a tiebreaker, but lost 8-6."
In doubles' play, Jennifer Learmonth and Emily Herb paired up to defeat Seton Hall's Pui Wing Sher and Rocio Portela 8-5 in No. 1 doubles, while in the third spot, freshmen Lucy Nutting and Marie Gargiulo cruised to an 8-4 victory over Selfin Sunbul and Karina Cordero.
Senior Emily Herb and junior Alexa Gregory led the way with wins in No. 2 and No. 3 singles' play. Herb defeated Rocio Portela 6-3, 6-1, while Gregory downed Selfin Sunbul 6-1, 6-3. Lauren Wilmarth also won her match, edging Seton Hall's Elizabeth Verow 7-5, 6-1. Abby McKeon defeated Courtney Kilarski in No. 5 singles in a pair of 6-0 sets, while Nutting won No. 6 singles 6-4, 6-2.
"Our singles today was some of our most consistent tennis of the entire spring season," added Marshall. "We were led by senior Emily Herb and junior Alexa Gregory, at number two and three singles respectively. The depth of our lineup showed up today, as Wilmarth, McKeon, and Nutting all had straight set victories against very solid players."
The UConn women's tennis team will honor its two seniors as part of their Senior Day celebration on Saturday when the Huskies take on Villanova in league tennis action. The conference match-up is scheduled to begin at Noon.