April 16, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's team lost a 5-2 BIG EAST match against St. John's on Friday. The match started outdoors at the University of Tennis Courts before it was moved indoors as a result of the weather. Doubles play was once again a highlight for the Huskies as they secured the doubles point with wins at second and third.
"This was a tough loss against a very solid BIG EAST opponent," said head coach Glenn Marshall. "Our doubles play continued to be strong for us today. Our weakness has been in our close three-set matches. We need much more focus in our third sets, as we are getting outplayed down the stretch in a lot of matches."
The Huskies lost each of the three-set decisions to the Red Storm with senior Alli Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) dropping the decision at No. 2 singles and sophomore Alexa Gregory (State College, Pa.) falling in the fourth spot. Sophomore Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) lost her three-set battle to Ece Firat at No. 3 as well.
Campitiello and Gregory were both instrumental in doubles as they paired with freshman Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) and Herb, respectively.
Campitiello and McKeon won a 9-7 second doubles match for their ninth victory of the spring while Herb and Gregory went on to a 8-6 win. Herb and Gregory are 6-1 from the third doubles spot this spring.
Freshman Lauren Wilmarth (Andover, Mass.) was the lone singles winner for the Huskies, defeating Alyssa Liantonio at No. 6. It was Wilmarth's first appearance at the sixth singles spot this spring.
UConn (5-10, 3-4 BIG EAST) hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday at the University of Connecticut Tennis Courts at 11 a.m.
No. 1 Ira Aleksova (SJU) def. Kelley LoRusso (UConn) 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 Joanna Zwirbulis (SJU) def. Alli Campitiello (UConn) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 Ece Firat (SJU) def. Emily Herb (UConn), 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
No. 4 Jenny Yonkus (SJU) def. Alexa Gregory (UConn) 6-1, 6-7, 6-3
No. 5 Ksenia Mikhaylova (SJU) def. Abby McKeon (UConn) 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Lauren Wilmarth (UConn) def. Alyssa Liantonio (SJU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 1 Firat/Yonkus (SJU) def. LoRusso/Moritz (UConn) 8-3
No. 2 Campitiello/McKeon (UConn) def. Aleksova/Austin (SJU) 9-7
No. 3 Herb/Gregory (UConn) def Yonkus/Mikhaylova (SJU) 8-6