April 16, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - For the third-consecutive season, the University of Connecticut tennis team finds themselves in contention for a BIG EAST Championship title on Thursday. The Huskies, seeded 12th, are scheduled take on No. 5-seed Rutgers in the second match of the day on Thursday.
On April 9, in the two squads' only meeting this season, UConn was shutout. The Huskies suffered a 7-0 loss to the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway. Alison Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.), BreAnn Cheung (Tucson, Ariz.) and Alexa Gregory (State College, Pa.) all forced a decisive third set at Rutgers, but no Husky was able to get past the opposition.
The loss left a bitter taste as women's tennis recovered to take down Villanova 6-1 the following weekend. One of two three-set matches were lost on the day as Campitello won in second singles. She is 7-10 in second singles this season.
Cheung is 8-9 from the No. 3 singles spot this year, captaining the team from that position in the lineup for a majority of the season. Gregory won both of her matches in fifth singles although she can most often be found in the final singles spot. She has three wins from No. 6 thus far.
Kelley LoRusso (Shoreham, N.Y.), who has been consistent in the No. 1 singles spot this season, lost in three sets against the Wildcats. LoRusso struggled in her first singles battle against Rutgers' Amy Zhang in early April, losing in two sets. She is 5-12 from the No. 1 spot in match play this season.
Entering championship play, the Huskies are 4-8 in BIG EAST matches this season with three wins happening at home. The lone UConn conference victory on the road was at Providence on April 7 with women's tennis shutting out the Friars 7-0.
LoRusso and Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) have found the most success of the UConn doubles pairings with a 5-6 record from the top spot. Herb is 6-5 in fourth singles with a pair of wins at No. 5 as well.
Campitiello and Cheung have three wins from the second spot this season while Gregory and Katie Moritz (York, Pa.) typically round out the Husky double lineup in third. Gregory and Moritz have combined for four wins this year.
The winner of UConn's match against Rutgers will advance in the Championship bracket and play No. 4 seed Marquette on Friday at noon.