Sept. 19, 2009
HAMDEN, Conn. - Four members of the University of Connecticut women's tennis team advanced to the semifinals at the Quinnipiac Invitational on Saturday while a UConn doubles pair reach the finals. Senior Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) and freshman Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) will fight for the "A" Doubles title on Sunday.
LoRusso and McKeon defeated Mary Wilson and Rachel Cantor (Quinnipiac) with an 8-5 match to reach the finals against Tristany and Kristen Leikem from the University of Rhode Island.
Senior Alison Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) advanced to the semifinals of the invitational after a pair of three-set victories. She overcame an early match-deficit to Christen Cadigan from University of Rhode Island to win the three-set overall (3-6, 6-3, 10-5).
Campitiello continued her success in the second singles flight with another three-set victory over Quinnipiac's Lisanne Steinert. She secured her spot in the third flight semis against Army's Jess Ahn with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 10-8 victory over Steinert.
Freshman Lauren Wilmarth (Andover, Mass.) secured her spot in the semis with a pair of two-set victories on Saturday. She first defeated a BIG EAST opponent in Julianne Kasinow from Seton Hall in a pair of 6-4, 6-4 set decisions before surpassing Alyssa Ruiz from Fairfield. Wilmarth earned her semifinal spot by defeating Ruiz 6-1, 6-0. She is set to face University of Rhode Island's Brooke Hoover on Sunday.
In the final singles bracket, both freshmen Sarah Griffin (Cheshire, Conn.) and Julia Allen (Raleigh, N.C.) as well as junior Katie Moritz (York, Pa.) all won their first round matches in the fourth singles flight. Allem defeated Ali Qarshavsky (Quinnipiac) 6-1, 6-0 while Griffin advanced with a pair of 6-1 set decisions over Hanna Balu (Faifield).
Moritz took down BIG EAST opponent Liza Chu from Seton Hall with a 6-3, 6-4 decision en route to her semifinal berth. She was not the only UConn player to advance as Allen defeated Army's Kari Pope in a commanding fashion with a two-set shutout (6-0, 6-0) victory.
Allen will face Delaney Downey from Seton Hall who also advanced with a two-set shutout victory over her opponent (Jenna Williams; URI) while Mortiz is set to take on Morgan Kiser who narrowly escaped past Mortiz's teammate Griffin in a three-set quarterfinal match.
Senior Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) and sophomore Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) each saw their early success stalled in quarterfinals at Quinnipiac in the first singles flight. LoRusso started the day with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Fordham's Bethany Boyle before falling to Rachel Cantor in three sets (6-7 (4), 6-1, 10-2).
Herb fell in two sets (6-2, 6-1) to Annie Hang from Army after securing a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the first set of the day against Seton Hall's Darcy Demers.
Sophomore Alexa Gregory (State College, Pa.) faltered in her second match at Quinnipiac while falling to a member of the host institution. Gregory lost 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Adrienne Markison following an early two set (6-3, 6-2) victory over Army's Audrey Hansen in the second singles flight.
Classmate Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) did not fair as well with an early 6-4, 6-2 victory over Seton Hall's Kristina Chao followed by a three-set (7-6, (3), 6-7 (3), 10-7) loss to Natalie Duckor of Quinnipiac.
Campitiello and Gregory as well as Mortiz and Allen each fell in their respective quarterfinal matches of the "B" Doubles bracket. Campitiello and Gregory fell in an 8-4 match while Mortiz and Allen were unable to get past Army's Kari Pop and Maria Casaletto.
Competition at the Quinnipiac Invitational continues with doubles play and remainder of singles action on Sunday.