Sept. 18, 2009
HAMDEN, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's tennis team opened the fall season at the Quinnipiac Invitational on Friday. Senior Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) and freshman Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the "A" Doubles bracket.
LoRusso and McKeon surpassed Dana Postupack and Meghan Sullivan from Fairfield in the opening round. With an 8-3 victory in hand, the Connecticut duo prepared to face their first BIG EAST opponent of the season. It was a challenging match for LoRusso and McKeon as they took on Seton Hall's Elizabeth Verow and Courtney Kilarski. The Huskies came out victorious after a 9-7 doubles win. UConn will face Mary Wilson and Rachel Cantor from Quinnipiac in the quarterfinals.
Junior Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and freshman Lauren Wilmarth (Andover, Mass.) were unable to overcome Rhode Island's Tristany and Kristen Leikem. The UConn duo lost an 8-6 decision only to win their doubles match in the consolation round by an 8-6 score. Herb and Wilmarth won against Kristen Liu and Paulina Rys from Fairfield.
In "B" Doubles, both Connecticut doubles teams advanced past the first round only to fall before reaching the quarterfinals. Senior Alison Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) and sophomore Alexa Gregory (State College, Pa.) won an 8-1 decision over Army's Morgen Kiser and Holly Pappafotis. Campitiello and Gregory were not able to get past Pam Emery and Amanda Barletta in the next match. UConn lost 8-4 to the Rhode Island pair.
Junior Katie Moritz (York, Pa.) and freshman Julia Allen (Raleigh, N.C.) lost 9-7 to Army's Kari Pope and Maria Casaletto after winning their opening match. Moritz and Allen claimed an 8-5 victory over Alyssa Ruiz and Nicolette Jackson from Fairfield in the opening round.
Play resumes on Saturday with the Quinnipiac Invitational coming to a close on Sunday.