ORLANDO, Fla. (March 12, 2009) – Emily Searle (Lyme, Conn.) earned a three-set victory as the University of Connecticut women’s tennis team cruised to a 7-0 win over Valparaiso in its spring break finale. The Huskies held the Crusaders to a mere three games en route to the doubles point to start the match.
After dropping the first set 6-3, Searle recovered and prevailed to a 6-4 victory in the second, forcing a third set. She battled to a 10-5 decision to win the final singles match of day.
Allison Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) and BreAnn Cheung (Tucson, Ariz.) and Katie Mortiz (York, Pa.) and Jennifer Marotta (Nesconset, N.Y.) each shut out their Crusader opponents and second and third doubles, respectively.
Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) limited their Valparaiso opponents to just three games, helping Connecticut to a 1-0 edge after doubles.
Campitiello shutout the opposition in the second set, 6-0, after winning the first 6-3 set at No. 1 singles. LoRusso took down Molly Keifer with a pair of 6-1 sets in the second singles match.
One day after her win clinching at No. 3 singles, BreAnn Cheung (Tucson, Ariz.) came up with a 6-0, 6-1 victory from the third spot. Moritz and Herb rounded out the two-set UConn victors with each winning their respective battles at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Herb led a single game get away in her 6-0, 6-1 victory.
“After a tough start to the season, the team the team has bounced back to life on this trip to win four matches in a row,” head coach Glenn Marshall said. “I am very much looking forward to the start of our BIG EAST season next week.”
The BIG EAST schedule gets underway with 11 a.m. match at Syracuse on March 20.
No. 1 Allison Campitiello (UConn) def. Jenny Schwartz (Valpo), 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Kelley LoRusso (UConn) def. Molly Keifer (Valpo), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 BreAnn Cheung (UConn) def. Camill Burden (Valpo), 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 Katie Moritz (UConn) def. Stephanie York (Valpo), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Emily Herb (UConn) def. Christine Antrobus (Valpo), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 Emily Searle (UConn) def. Lindsey Gustafson (Valpo), 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
No. 1 LoRusso/Herb def. Schwartz/Keifer (Valpo), 8-3
No. 2 Campitiello/Cheung def. Byrden/York (Valpo), 8-0
No. 3 Moritz/Jennifer Marotta def. Byrden/O'Reilly (Valpo), 8-0