April 19, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The BIG EAST Women's Tennis Championship bracket is set and for the fourth-consecutive season, the University of Connecticut women's tennis team is in the mix. The Huskies are seeded 12th for the second-straight year and will begin competition on Thursday at noon against fifth-seeded Marquette.
It is the second scheduled match of the day as eighth-seeded West Virginia and ninth-seeded Cincinnati commence the 2010 BIG EAST Championship at 9 a.m. at South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame, seeded first, host the championships at the Courtney Tennis Center.
The Huskies did not face the Golden Eagles this spring and have not played them in women's tennis since March 1, 2009. UConn lost that match 7-0 in just its second BIG EAST outing of the year.
Last season, UConn lost its first-round match up to Rutgers and fell in the back draw match to Cincinnati the following day. In 2008, the Huskies fell to Syracuse as the No. 11 seed before losing to the 10th-seeded Mountaineers in the back draw.
Marquette wrapped up the season with a 12-13 combined record between the fall and spring, notching BIG EAST wins over Villanova, Louisville and Rutgers. The Golden Eagles lost to Notre Dame and DePaul. The Huskies are 6-10 this spring with a 4-6 BIG EAST record following a 5-2 Senior Day victory over Pittsburgh.
Connecticut's doubles regular lineup has won a combined 24 matches this spring with sophomores Alexa Gregory (State College, Pa.) and Emily Herb (Cherry Hill, N.J.) proving to be the most potent duo with a 7-1 record at No. 2. Freshman Abby McKeon (Westford, Mass.) and senior Alli Campitiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) have been steady at No.2 with a 10-5 record this spring.
In the final weekend of regular season action, the Huskies won the doubles point in each conference match, including sweeping Pittsburgh on April 18.
The winner of Thursday's meeting between Connecticut and Marquette will face No. 4 Syracuse at noon on Friday.