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Women's Tennis Falls to Rutgers in First Round of BIG EAST Championships

April 16, 2009

TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Connecticut women's tennis team was unable to overcome an early deficit in its loss to No. 5 seed Rutgers in the first round of the BIG EAST Championships on Thursday. The Huskies will face Cincinnati in a second round match on Friday scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Captain BreAnn Cheung (Tucson, Ariz.) and Alison Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) were defeated by Katherine Arlak and Christine Tran at No. 2 doubles while the other Connecticut pair fell by the same margin in third singles. The Scarlet Knights secured the doubles point with another 8-2 victory over Katie Moritz (York, Pa.) and Alexa Gregory (State College, Pa.).

Gregory's three-set match in sixth singles was not completed after Rutgers' freshman Maryana Milchutskey won 6-1, 6-2 over Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.). Campitiello and Cheung did not finish their matches at second and third singles, respectively.

Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) lost at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1 to Amy Zhang. Moritz was shutout in the first set of her two-set loss at No. 5 singles.

UConn will face No. 7 seeded Cincinnati at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Bearcats lost in an upset 4-3 decision in favor of No. 9 seed Pittsburgh. During the regular season the Huskies hosted the Bearcats at the end of March and lost 7-0 to Cincinnati.

No. 1 Zaretser/Zhang (RU) vs. LoRusso/Herb (UConn), DNF (6-3)
No. 2 Arlak/Christine Tran (RU) def. Cheung/Campitiello (UConn), 8-2
No. 3 Holzberg/Ivey (RU) def. Moritz/Gregory (UConn), 8-2

No. 1 Amy Zhang (RU) def. Kelley LoRusso (UConn), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 Katherine Arlak (RU) vs. Ali Campitiello (UConn), DNF 7-5, 1-3
No. 3 Jennifer Holzberg (RU) vs. BreAnn Cheung (UConn), DNF 6-4, 5-4
No. 4 Maryana Milchutskey (RU) def. Emily Herb (UConn), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Morgan Ivey (RU) def. Katie Moritz (UConn), 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 Christine Tran (RU) vs. Alexa Gregory (UConn), DNF (6-3, 2-6, 2-1)