April 22, 2010
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - For the second-consecutive season, the University of Connecticut women's tennis team fell in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday. The 12th-seeded Huskies fell 4-0 to fifth-seeded Marquette on the South Courtney Tennis Courts at Notre Dame. The Golden Eagles secured the right to advance in the tournament after winning the doubles point and taking singles wins at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5.
UConn (7-10, 4-6) will face Cincinnati for the second time this season in the first match of the consolation bracket on Friday. The Huskies lost a narrow 4-3 decision to the Bearcats in just the second conference match of the season in late February.
For just the sixth time this spring, senior Alli Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) and freshman Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) lost at No. 2 doubles. Campitiello and McKeon boasted a 10-5 record entering the BIG EAST Tournament. The duo fell 8-2 to Paola Calderon and Gillian Hush.
Likewise, sophomores Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Alexa Gregory (State College, Pa.) were unable to surpass their Golden Eagle opposition in third doubles. Herb and Gregory fell 8-3, losing just their second No. 3 doubles match of the spring.
Marquette cruised to a victory at No. 5 singles with the doubles point in hand. McKeon fell in straight sets to Gillian Hush, 6-3, 6-0. Campitiello dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Olga Fischer in second singles.
It took three-sets to decide the victory of the third singles battle between Kelly Barry and Herb. Herb fought hard to stay alive only to fall to 5-12 on the year.
The match against Cincinnati is set to begin at 3 p.m. at South Courtney Tennis Courts at Notre Dame.