Oct. 17, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Lucy Nutting and Abby McKeon led the UConn women's tennis team at the New England Invitational this weekend with wins in their respective singles' flights. McKeon, who won the #5 singles' flight, defeated Fairfield's Nikki Jackson 6-4, 6-1. Nutting won the #6 singles' flight 5-7, 6-3 (10-5) over Bryant's I. Rodriguez Lockwood.
To get to the final match, McKeon shutout Kristin Legenza from Sacred Heart 6-0, 6-0 before defeating Bryant's Katie Francazio 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinal match.
In the #3 doubles' flight, Nutting joined teammate Lauren Wilmarth as they won the flight with an 8-5 win over teammates Marie Gargiulo and Sarah Griffin. Wilmarth and Nutting blanked their opponents 8-0 in both their quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
In both the #2 and #4 singles' flights, UConn placed a student-athlete in the final match. Wilmarth, who played in the #4 singles' flight, defeated Providence's Melissa Ferry in her first match of the weekend 6-0, 6-4 then downed Sacred Heart's Kristina Chao in a pair of 6-1 sets. In the finals, she fell to her opponent from Bryant, May Vickers. Vickers won the match 6-4, 6-4.
In #2 singles, UConn's Emily Herb blanked Courtney Garvey in a pair of 6-0 sets then defeated SHU's Gabi Kaldan in back-to-back 6-3 sets. She fell to Bryant's Lucy Bird in the final of the flight, 6-3, 6-2.
Jennifer Learmonth and Herb battled their way into the title match of the #1 doubles' flight but fell to Bryant's duo of Hidalgo and Bird, 9-7. In #2 doubles, Alexa Gregory and McKeon also made it to the finals but Fairfield's Koladzyn and Ryan were awarded the match win.
The UConn women's tennis team will next host Quinnipiac on Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m.