April 23, 2010
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In a return to regular season form, the University of Connecticut women's tennis team secured the doubles point in its 4-2 victory over Cincinnati at the BIG EAST Championships on Friday. Senior Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) defeated Ksenia Slynko in two-sets in the first singles match to allow the Huskies to advance in the consolation bracket.
"Kelley played one of the best matches of her career and it was fitting to have a senior captain clinch the match for us in stunning fashion," head coach Glenn Marshall.
The Bearcats escaped with a 4-3 victory in the regular season meeting between the two teams in Cincinnati. It was just the second BIG EAST match of the year for the Huskies in the spring. LoRusso lost in three sets to Slynko in that regular season match in late February.
It was the doubles teams of junior Katie Moritz (York, Pa.) and LoRusso as well as senior Alli Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) and freshman Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) that secured the doubles point for the Huskies. The first and second doubles for Connecticut lost in the first meeting with the Bearcats this spring.
With every member of the Huskies focused and ready to play, singles matches at fourth and sixth were won convincingly. With a 3-0 lead in hand, Connecticut lost singles matches at No. 2 and No. 3. McKeon came back from an early deficit to force a third set when LoRusso clinched the match for the Huskies.
"I believe we played the best doubles we have played all year, by far. Each team was energized and focused, and the level of play was outstanding," Marshall said. "We lost all three doubles matches to the Bearcats in February and we let that be our motivation today."
The Huskies (8-10, 4-6) are scheduled to play the 11th-seeded St. John's at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Connecticut hosted the Red Storm in the final weekend of regular season play and lost 5-2.