BIG EAST Tennis Weekly Notebook - Jan. 26-Feb. 2

Cincinnati
Women's Notes (0-4)
Jan. 28 vs. Miami (Ohio): L, 2-5
Jan. 30 at No. 45 Indiana: L, 0-7
In singles play, Cincinnati's Elise Woulfe won nine games in the No. 5 position against Indiana's Kayla Fujimoto (6-3, 7-6) and UC's Lindsey Lonergan won nine games in the no. 6 spot against Myriam Sopel (7-6, 6-3). The Bearcats' No. 1 doubles pair of Ksenia Slynko and Jasmine Lee pushed the match to nine, falling 9-7 to Kayla Fujimoto and Evgeniya Vertesheva. Ashleigh Witte and Woulfe also played 16 games for Cincinnati in doubles action, falling 9-7 in the No. 3 slot to Sophie Garre and Leslie Hureau.  
Up Next: Travels to Bowling Green Feb. 5.
 
Connecticut
Men's Notes (0-0)
The Huskies' match against Brown Feb. 5 has been postponed.
Up Next: Travels to Army Feb. 12 to take on Army and Stony Brook.
 
Connecticut
Women's Notes (0-0)
The Huskies have not competed yet this season.
Up Next: Travels to Army Feb. 12 to take on Stony Brook and Army Feb. 13.  
 
DePaul
Men's Notes (4-1)
Jan. 28 vs. Dartmouth: W, 7-0
DePaul is off to a 4-1 start this season, including a neutral site win over Texas A&M CC. The Blue Demons also register home wins over Detroit, UIC and Dartmouth. The lone loss came at New Mexicon. Sven Kasper led DePaul with a 4-1 mark at the No. 1 singles position. Kasper and his doubles partner went 3-2 in the top position. The pair shutout Detroit's No. 1 pair, while it dropped just two games to Chicago rival UIC. Up Next: Hosts No. 63 Iowa Feb. 5 and Princeton Feb. 6.
 
DePaul
Women's Notes (2-2)
ITA National Indoor Qualifier (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Jan. 29 at No. 6 North Carolina: L, 6-1
Jan. 30 vs. No. 31 Virginia Commonwealth: L, 5-2
The No. 35 Blue Demons opened its season with matches against No. 9 Northwestern, No. 54 Florida International, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 31 VCU, NCAA Championship participant UIC and hosted Eastern Michigan and Western Illinois. The Blue Demons posted 23 wins in their first three weekends of action. In its dual against WIU, DePaul droped just four games and won the duel 7-0. Katarina Milinkovic led DePaul in the No. 1 position with a 4-3 record, including a win over 68th-ranked Josefin Hjertquist from VCU. Milinkovic went 4-4 in doubles action.
Up Next: Travels to Illinois Feb. 4.
 
Georgetown
Men's Notes (0-2)
Jan. 28 at Virginia Commonwealth: L, 5-0
Jan. 28 vs. Campbell University: L, 5-0
GU opened the season with a pair of losses in abbreviated dual matches against VCU and Campbell University in Richmond, Va. Against VCU, the Hoyas struggled in singles with no matches reaching a third set. In the doubles match, Georgetown's Michael Clarke and Andrew Bruhn battled to force a second set, but fell to Camill Salomon and Jaime Vazquez by the score of 7-5, 6-4. The Hoyas reached a third set in the No. 2 singles spot against Campbell as Bruhn eventually lost 2-6, 7-5, 2-6.  
Up Next: Travels to Bethlehem, Pa. Feb. 5 to take on Lehigh and Stetson.
 
Georgetown
Women's Notes (0-1)
Jan. 30 at Syracuse: L, 5-2
Georgetown picked up the point in doubles play, winning at both No. 1 and No. 2. Stephanie Wetmore and Lauren Greco won at No. 1 doubles by a score of 8-7 (6), which was followed with an 8-6 victory by the No. 2 pair of Vicky Sekely and Tina Tehrani. In singles action, Wetmore was the lone Hoya to get the win, defeating Alessondra Parra by a score of 6-4, 6-1.
Up Next: Travels to Lehigh Feb. 5.
 
Louisville
Men's Notes (5-0)
Jan. 29 vs. No. 48 Columbia: W, 4-0
Jan. 30 vs. No. 18 Ole Miss: W, 4-2
Senior Viktor Maksimcuk posted two wins in singles and two wins in doubles on the week as the 13th-ranked Cardinals advanced to their second consecutive National Indoor Championship. In singles action, Maksimcuk, who ranks 75th in the ITA NCAA Division I standings, defeated No. 48 Columbia's Cyril Bucher 6-0, 6-3 in UofL's 4-0 victory on Jan. 29. He also downed No. 18 Mississippi's 107th ranked Tucker Vorster 6-3, 6-2 as the Cardinals won 4-1 on Jan. 30. In first doubles, the senior combined with Austen Childs, the two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year, to beat Columbia's Nathaniel Gery and Kevin Kung 8-6 and upset Ole Miss' second-ranked duo of Chris Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann. 
Up Next: Hosts Murray State and Morehead State Feb. 3.
 
Louisville
Women's Notes (5-0)
Jan. 28 vs. Southern Illinois: W, 7-0
Jan. 28 at Murray State: W, 7-0
Julia Fellerhoff went 2-0 last week in singles action and 8-0 in the month of January. She is also undefeated in doubles play, 5-0 overall this season after going 2-0 last week. In Louisville's 7-0 win against Murray State on Jan. 28, she claimed first singles with a score of 6-1, 6-2 and won 6-2, 6-2 in UofL's second 7-0 victory on the same day. The freshman teamed with Mandy Brown to shutout Murray State's No. 1 pair 8-0 and Southern Illinois 8-3. The Cardinal duo is ranked No. 33 in the nation in doubles. 
Up Next: Hosts Akron Feb. 4 and travels to DePaul Feb. 6.  
 
Marquette
Men's Notes (2-1)
Jan. 29 vs. IUPUI: W, 5-2
Jan. 29 vs. Chicago State: W, 7-0
MU opened the home portion of its duel match campaign with a pair of victories at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium last week. The Golden Eagles claimed four of the five double matches played on the day and were victorious in 8-of-10 singles matchups. Chicago State arrived on campus with just four players, so Marquette was able to claim one doubles win and a pair of singles decisions without picking up a racquet. 
Up Next: Hosts Northern Illinois Feb. 4 and UIC Feb. 5.
 
Marquette
Women's Notes (1-2)
Jan. 29 at Purdue: L, 1-6
Jan. 30 at No. 45 Indiana: L, 2-5
The Golden Eagles got on the board early by claiming the doubles point. After Rocia Diaz and Paola Calderon fell at No. 2 doubles 8-2. Marquette's No. 1 and No. 3 tandems rallied to earn 8-6 wins over their respective Hoosier counterparts. Guillian Hush and Chelsea Utting teamed to take down Indiana's Myriam Sopel and Sophie Garre at No. 3, while Rachael Hush and Christina Ruiz clinched the first point of the day with their win over Leslie Hureau and Katya Zapadalova at No. 1. In singles play, Indiana proved too much to handle and took wins at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 to secure the match win. Hush claimed MU's lone singles win, posting a score of 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4) at the No. 6 spot.
Up Next: Hosts Minnesota Feb. 6.
 
 
Notre Dame
Men's Notes (2-2)
Jan. 28 vs. Oklahoma: W, 4-1
Jan. 29 No. 16 Illinois: L, 4-1
The 36th-ranked Irish men's tennis team jumped out to an early lead after winning the doubles point against 16th-ranked Illinois, but could not hold off the Illini as Notre Dame dropped a hard-fought 4-1 decision Jan. 29 at the Atkins Center in Champaign, Ill.
Up Next: Hosts No. 14 Duke and Toledo Feb. 6.
 
Notre Dame
Women's Notes (2-1)
ITA National Team Qualifier (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Jan. 29 vs. Yale: W, 7-0
Jan. 30 vs. Arkansas: L, 3-4
The fourth-ranked University of Notre Dame women's tennis team dropped a hard-fought, 4-3 decision to 23rd-ranked Arkansas on Jan. 30 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The loss marks the first for the team during the 2010-11 dual campaign, dropping the team to 2-1 on the early season.
Up Next: Travels to North Carolina Feb. 5 and Wake Forest Feb. 6.  
 
Pittsburgh
Women's Notes (1-3)
Jan. 26 at Penn State: L, 1-6
Jan. 29 vs. St. John's: L, 2-5
Jan. 30 at Buffalo: L, 3-4
Pitt earned the doubles point against Buffalo with victories on the No. 1 and No. 3 courts. After winning the doubles point, the Panthers earned two wins in singles play.
Up Next: Hosts Bucknell Feb. 4.
 
Providence
Women's Notes (0-0)
The Friars are not schedules to compete until March.
Up Next: Visits Brown March 4.
 
Rutgers
Women's Notes (0-1)
Jan. 26 at Princeton: L, 1-6
IN the Scarlet Knights' last outing, Vanessa Petrini won her first career spring victory at No. 6 singles in the loss to No. 37 Princeton by the score of 6-4, 6-2. For the doubles, Amy Zhang and Jennifer Holzberg could not pull off a win against Princeton's Hilary Bartlett and Taylor Marable, falling 8-3.
Up Next: Travels to Lehigh Feb. 3.
 
St. John's
Men's Notes (0-0)
The Red Storm has not competed yet this season.
Up Next: Hosts Fairleigh Dickinson Feb. 4.
 
St. John's
Women's Notes (1-1)
Jan. 28 at Buffalo: L, 0-7
Jan. 29 vs. Pittsburgh: W, 5-2
St. John's lost its opening match at Buffalo 7-0, Jan. 28, but rebounded Jan. 29 with a win over conference rival Pittsburgh. The Red Storm last met Pitt in the 2010 BIG EAST Championship and dropped the Panthers 4-0 in the consolation round. STJ leveled its record at 1-1 this season with a 5-2 win over Pitt. The Red Storm took the doubles point to open play and then used three straight-set victories in singles play to clinch the win. Junior Joanna Zwirbulis closed the match with a come from behind 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Pitt's Gaby Catanzaiti in the No. 2 singles position.
Up Next: Travels to Columbia Feb. 4.
 
 
Seton Hall
Women's Notes (1-1)
Jan. 29 vs. Marist: W, 6-1
Jan. 29 at Army: L, 2-5
The Pirates opened the 2011 season topping Marist 6-1 and falling to Army 5-2.  
Up Next: Against the Red Foxes, Elizabeth Verow posted a shutout for the Pirates in No. 4 singles over Retta Byron. Pui Wing Sher also dominated for the Hall with a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Kelsey Raynor in No. 1 singles. 
 
USF
Men's Notes (2-0)
Jan. 29 vs. Florida A&M: W, 7-0
Jan. 29 vs. Florida Gulf Coast: W, 7-0
The University of South Florida men's tennis team opened its dual match season with dominant wins against Florida A&M and Florida Gulf Coast Jan. 29 at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts. The Bulls shutout both opponents with varying lineups in each contest and are now 2-0 on the young season.
Up Next: Hosts Florida Atlantic Feb. 6.
 
USF
Women's Notes (1-1)
ITA Kick Off Weekend
Jan. 29 vs. Illinois: W, 4-3
Jan. 30 at Georgia Tech: L, 2-4
No. 28 USF fell 4-2 to No. 13 Georgia Tech Jan. 30 at the ITA Kickoff Weekend held in Atlanta, Ga.  The loss eliminates the Bulls from contention for a spot at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and drops head coach Agustin Moreno's young team to 1-1 on the season.
Up Next: Travels to Florida Feb. 8.
 
Syracuse
Women's Notes (2-1)
Jan. 28 at Navy: W, 6-1
Jan. 29 at Maryland: L, 0-7
Jan. 30 vs. Georgetown: W, 5-2
The Syracuse University women's tennis team went 2-1 in its opening weekend, defeating Navy 6-1 and Georgetown 5-2 and losing to Maryland 7-0. Head coach Luke Jensen is in his fifth year at the helm of the program and earned his 60th career win Jan. 30 against Georgetown. Emily Harman went 2-1 in singles play and 1-2 in doubles action with an overall career record of 73-38. SU's three rookies started their collegiate careers strong, compiling a combined singles and doubles record of 10-7 in three matches.
Up Next: Hosts Binghamton Colgate Feb. 4.
 
Villanova
Men's Notes (0-3)
Jan. 29 at Penn: L, 0-7
Villanova opened the season against Philadelphia rival Penn. Despite senior Trenton Alenik and freshman Thomas O'Brien taking home an 8-7 doubles victory early in the day, it wasn't enough to lift the Wildcats to victory as they fell to the Quakers 7-0.
Up Next: Travels to Navy and UMBC Feb. 5.
 
Villanova
Women's Notes (0-0)
The Wildcats have not opened play yet this season.
Up Next: Takes on Delaware Feb. 12. 
 
West Virginia
Women's Notes (1-4)
Jan. 29 vs. James Madison: L, 1-6
Jan. 30 vs. Liberty: L, 2-5
Veronica Cardenas and Mary Chupa captured WVU's only two points against Liberty in the singles competition, both of which were won in three sets. Cardenas won in the No. 3 spot 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, while Chupa defeated her opponent 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, in the No. 4 spot.
Up Next: Hosts Marshall Feb. 4.