BIG EAST Tennis Notebook - March 17

Cincinnati
Women's Notes (5-10)
March 11 at West Virginia: W, 6-1
March 12 at Pittsburgh: W, 6-1
March 12 vs. Providence: W, 7-0
Sophomore Jasmine Lee led Cincinnati to a 3-0 mark last week, beating three BIG EAST schools. The Bearcats defeated West Virginia and Pittsburgh on the road by a duplicate score of 6-1 March 11 and March 12. Cincinnati picked up its second shutout of the season March 12 in a neutral-site game against Providence, winning 7-0. In singles action, the sophomore won each match in three sets. She rallied from behind to beat West Virginia's Emily Mathis 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 and defeated Pitt's Jocelyn Lu 6-4, 1-6, 10-4, playing both matches in the No. 2 spot. Lee edged PC's Marisela Auiles 6-7 (4), 6-3, 10-7. At No. 3 doubles, she teamed with junior Safiyya Ismail to beat the Mountaineer pair of Ashley Pilsbury and Melis Tanik 8-5 and the Panther duo of Karma Parbhu and Minh Evans 8-3. They blanked the Friar team of Courtney Burek and Bianca Sciotti 8-0. Lee is 10-5 in singles play and 6-8 in doubles. 
Up Next: Travels to Connecticut March 22.
 
Connecticut
Men's Notes (4-2)
March 7 vs. Bryant: W, 5-2
March 8 vs. Sacred Heart: L, 5-2
March 9 vs. Wabash: W, 7-0
March 10 vs. Minnesota State Mankato: W, 7-0
UConn went 3-1 on a Spring Break trip to Puerto Rico March 7-10. The Huskies blanked two opponents in Minnesota State Mankato and Wabash. They defeated Bryant 5-2 to begin the week and lost a close match to Sacred Heart 5-2. Junior Scott Warden was perfect on the week, going 3-0 in No. 2 singles, 1-0 in No. 1 singles and 4-0 in No. 1 doubles.
Up Next: Travels to Fairfield March 17 for a 2 p.m. match.  
 
Connecticut
Women's Notes (3-4)
March 7 vs. Bryant: W, 4-3
March 9 vs. No. 46 Virginia Tech: L, 7-0
March 9 vs. Minnesota State Mankato: W, 7-0
March 10 vs. Valparaiso: W, 7-0
UConn went 3-1 on a Spring Break trip to Puerto Rico March 7-10. The Huskies swept Minnesota State Mankato and Valparaiso 7-0. Freshman Jennifer Learmonth went 2-2 in singles and 3-1 in doubles, both in the top position. She blanked Valparaiso's Brittany O'Reilly in a pair of 6-0 sets to secure the UConn shutout.
Up Next: Travels to Fairfield March 17 for a 2 p.m. match.    
 
 
 
 
DePaul
Men's Notes (11-5)
March 12 vs. No. 45 Michigan State: L, 4-3
The No. 47 Blue Demons fell 4-3 in a hard fought loss to No. 45 Michigan State at home March 12. The dual came down to DePaul freshman Filip Dzanko at No. 4 singles. Dzanko and Michigan State's John Stratton went point-for-point in the first set, but in the end Stratton took the stanza 7-5. The freshman quickly rebounded and took the second set 6-3. The third set mirrored the first and went to a tie breaker, but it was the MSU senior's experience that edged the Blue Demon rookie 7-6 (4).
Up Next: Travels to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to take on Middle Tennessee State March 31, before participating in the Sunbelt Conference Shootout April 1-3.
 
DePaul
Women's Notes (10-6)
The Blue Demons were not in action last week. In their last outing, the Blue Demons hosted Butler and Dayton March 5. DePaul downed Butler 6-1 and blanked Dayton 7-0. With the wins, DPU improved to 6-0 at home and 10-6 on the season.
Up Next: Travels to Mesa, Ariz. to take on Arizona State March 23 at 2 p.m.  
 
Georgetown
Men's Notes (3-7)
March 9 vs. Eckerd College: W, 9-0
March 12 vs. St. Bonaventure: W, 7-0
The victory over St. Bonaventure March 12 was the Hoyas' first home win of the season, moving the squad to 3-7 overall.
Up Next: Hosts the District of Columbia and Howard March 23.  
 
Georgetown
Women's Notes (3-6)
March 9 at Loyola Marymount: L, 5-2
GU graduate student Stephanie Wetmore teamed with freshman Tina Tehrani to earn the lone win in doubles play, winning 8-5 in the No. 1 position. In No. 2 singles, junior Lauren Greco put the Hoyas on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Loyola Marymount's Melissa Valenzuela. Georgetown's second point came from sophomore Vicky Sekely at No. 3 singles, who battled for a three-set victory. Sekely downed Miya Jin 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
Up Next: Travels to College Park, Md. to take on Maryland March 17 at 3 p.m.  
 
Louisville
Men's Notes (9-8)
March 12 at No. 7 Southern California: L, 5-2
March 14 at No. 13 Pepperdine: L, 4-3
Junior Robert Hall posted two wins and a doubles victory in two tough losses for the No. 28 Cardinals last week. Against No. 7 USC, Hall defeated Michael Grant at No. 6 to notch a point in the 5-2 loss. At No. 13 Pepperdine, Hall teamed with Alejandro Calligari to clinch the doubles point and defeated Mousheg Hofhannisyan to add a singles point in the 4-3 loss.
Up Next: Travels to Waco, Texas March 17 to take on Baylor, before hosting Maryland March 21 at 2:30 p.m.
 
Louisville
Women's Notes (8-5)
Louisville was not in action last week. In the Cardinals' last outing, they took the doubles point and then four of the six singles matches to notch a 5-2 win over fellow BIG EAST team Cincinnati March 5.   
Up Next: Travels to Long Beach, Calif. March 17, taking on Long Beach State.   
 
Marquette
Men's Notes (9-6)
March 16 at Jacksonville: W, 5-2
Marquette took the opening doubles point and held on for a 5-2 dual match victory over Jacksonville March 16 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Golden Eagles improved to 9-6 in dual play as freshman Dan Mamalat picked up his team-leading 10th singles victory of the season. Mamalat became the first MU player to notch 10 victories this season, after defeating JU's Larry Condez at No. 2 singles 6-4, 7-5. He also teamed with fellow freshman Thibault Troude for the first time this season in doubles action and took home a 9-8 (5) victory at the No. 2 spot.
Up Next: Take on Winthrop in Jacksonville, Fla. March 18.
 
Marquette
Women's Notes (9-4)
March 14 at USF: L, 7-0
Marquette saw its four-match win streak come to an end March 14 as No. 42 USF shutout the Golden Eagles 7-0 at the Varsity Tennis Courts in Tampa, Fla. MU stands at 9-4 overall in dual play. Seniors Christina Ruiz and Rachael Hush earned the Golden Eagles' lone win of the afternoon, an 8-6 decision over No. 42 Janette Bejlkova and Loreto Alonso Martinez at No. 1 doubles. Ruiz and Hush own a 12-3 overall record in dual action this spring.
Up Next: Travels to Louisville March 26 and Cincinnati March 27.  
 
Notre Dame
Men's Notes (10-7)
March 8 vs. No. 6 Illinois: W, 5-2
Senior Daniel Stahl helped then-No. 25 Notre Dame upset then-No. 6 Illinois 5-2 March 8. In the March 15 ITA rankings list, the Irish climbed to No. 21, while Illinois slipped to No. 9. ND is 10-7 overall this season and 8-7 against ranked opponents, nine of which were ranked in the top 25. In No. 3 singles play, Stahl handily defeated Illinois' 65th-ranked Abe Souza 6-4, 6-1. It was his second-straight win over a ranked opponent and the highest-rated opponent the senior has defeated since Florida State's 55th-ranked Clint Bowles March 14, 2010. Stahl is 10-6 on the season.
Up Next: Travels to Kentucky March 17 for a 1 p.m. match.
 
Notre Dame
Women's Notes (8-6)
March 15 at USF: L, 5-2
The 17th-ranked Irish dropped their second consecutive match, falling to BIG EAST opponent USF 5-2 March 15 at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts. The Irish find themselves at 8-6 on the dual season.
 Up Next: Squares off with Duke and Tennessee March 17 and March 19 in Tampa, Fla.
 
Pittsburgh
Women's Notes (5-6)
March 12 vs. Cincinnati: L, 6-1
March 14 vs. Providence: W, 7-0
Pitt earned a 7-0 win over Providence March 14, marking the third Pitt shutout this season. Panthers sophomore Karma Parbhu and junior Minh Evans won every game against PC, including an 8-0 victory in No. 3 doubles together and 6-0, 6-0 wins in No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Sophomore Gabi Catanzariti earned the lone singles victory of the day against conference foe Cincinnati March 12. She later recorded her first tiebreaker victory of the season against Providence.
Up Next:Hosts Villanova March 18 and Seton Hall March 19.
 
Providence
Women's Notes (2-8)
Providence dropped decisions to three BIG EAST opponents in a three-match road trip from March 12 to March 14. In a late evening match March 12, the Friars lost to Cincinnati 7-0 in a neutral-site match held at Pittsburgh. PC made the short trip down I-79 to Morgantown, W.Va. March 13, where they suffered their second conference defeat at the hands of West Virginia 7-0. The Friars wrapped up their road stint against the Pitt Panthers March 14, where they fell by a score of 7-0 in Pittsburgh, Pa. In the meeting, sophomore Marisela Aviles-Duron and freshman Maria Clara Bernardez teamed up to beat Kimmy Borza and Jocelyn Lu 8-5 at the No. 1 doubles spot.
Up Next: Travels to Storrs, Conn. to take on Georgetown March 26.
 
 
 
Rutgers
Women's Notes (8-4)
March 13 at New Orleans: W, 5-0
March 15 at Southeastern Louisiana: W, 6-1
March 16 vs. Xavier: W, 6-0
RU has won four of its last five matches, including three-straight.
Up Next: Travels to St. John's March 25 for a 2 p.m. match.
 
St. John's
Men's Notes (8-4)
March 8 vs. Case Western: W, 6-1
March 8 vs. James Madison: W, 4-3
March 9 vs. Furman: L, 4-3
March 13 at USF: L, 5-2
Shortly after picking up two victories March 8 on the team's spring break trip in South Carolina, the St. John's men's tennis team earned a its first national ranking in program history last week, coming in at No. 64 on the Campbell's/ITA Top 75. STJ defeated both Case Western and James Madison to start the trip 2-0, but lost to Furman and USF in its BIG EAST opener to even its record to 2-2 on the trip. Sophomore Matty Najfeld continues to be the team's top performer in 2011, accumulating a 10-2 singles record, including a 5-1 mark at No. 6 singles. Freshman Gustav Kallen and junior Milo Hauk are also having an outstanding season with the Johnnies, both going 8-3 in singles play. Hauk and Kallen also have teamed up in doubles play and picked up the team's best doubles record of 6-4.
Up Next: Travels to Flushing, N.Y. March 18 to take on Penn at the USTA National Tennis Center.  
 
St. John's
Women's Notes (6-3)
March 7 vs. Nova Southeastern: W, 8-1
March 8 vs. South Dakota: W, 7-0
With one match cancellation, the St. John's women's tennis team went 2-0 on its spring break trip in Orland, Fla. Playing under Division II rules, STJ defeated DII opponent Nova Southeastern 8-1 March 7. The Red Storm followed with a 7-0 win over South Dakota March 8. The win extended the Johnnies win streak to five-consecutive matches. Freshman Diamond Adams continues to have a standout rookie campaign, compiling a 7-2 singles record, including a combined 5-0 at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Adams has currently won a team-best five-consecutive singles matches.
Up Next: Travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Temple March 23 at noon.
 
Seton Hall
Women's Notes (3-9)
March 8 vs. Sacred Heart: L, 4-3
March 8 vs. James Madison: L, 5-2
March 9 vs. South Dakota State: W, 5-2
March 10 vs. Robert Morris: W, 6-1
Seton Hall won its second-straight match, a 6-1 defeat of Robert Morris March 10 to conclude its spring break trip. The Pirates were still shorthanded, but won every match they competed in. SHU had to re-form its doubles pairs after senior Belfin Sunbulleft the lineup due to injury. Freshman Pui Wing Sher teamed with junior Courtney Kilarskiand easily topped the Colonials pair of Carolina Mourao Teixeira and Carla Limon.
Up Next: Travels to West Virginia March 18 and Pittsburgh March 19.
 
USF
Men's Notes (8-4)
March 10 vs. UNC Wilmington: L, 4-0
March 11 vs. Penn State: W, 4-3
March 13 vs. St. John's: W, 5-2
March 14 vs. No. 71 Iowa: W, 7-0
March 16 vs. No. 26 Auburn: L, 5-2
No. 50 USF entered play this week with a 7-3 record, thanks to a 5-2 win over St. John's March 13. The Bulls have been led this season by Wael Kilani, who is 10-1 in dual match play and 9-2 as a doubles tandem with Federico Sabogal and Romain Deridder. Sabogal is 9-3 as a singles player, working primarily in the middle of the USF lineup.
Up Next:Hosts No. 27 Tulsa March 17 at noon.
 
USF
Women's Notes (1-5)
March 11 vs. Clemson: L, 5-2
March 14 vs. Marquette: W, 7-0
March 15 vs. Notre Dame: W, 5-2
March 16 vs. Tennessee: L, 5-2
No. 42 Bulls dropped a tough match to No. 19 Clemson March 11, but had plenty of opportunities to rebound with five matches this week, including two BIG EAST matches again Marquette March 14 and Notre Dame March 15 and a trip to No. 4 Michigan March 18. Sophomore Ecaterina Vasenina continues to lead the Bulls in wins with a 10-4 dual match record and wins in eight of her last 10 matches. Red-shirt junior Janette Bejlkova has also been a strong player, posting a 9-5 mark in the middle of the lineup.
Up Next:Travel to No. 5 Michigan March 18 and Ohio State March 20.
 
Syracuse
Women's Notes (10-4)
March 10 vs. Cornell: W, 5-2
March 15 at No. 9 USC: L, 4-3
March 16 at San Diego State: L, 6-1
Syracuse extended its home winning streak to 20 matches with a 5-2 win against Cornell March 10 at Drumlins Tennis Center.
Up Next: Hosts Villanova March 23 at 3:30 p.m.
 
Villanova
Men's Notes (1-9)
March 13 vs. St. Francis (Pa.): W, 7-0
March 13 at Penn State: L, 6-1
Villanova picked up its first win of the season March 13 at Penn State in a 7-0 shutout over St. Francis (Pa.).   
Up Next: Hosts Sacred Heart March 20 at noon.
 
Villanova
Women's Notes (1-3)
The Wildcats did not compete last week.
Up Next: Travels to Pittsburgh March 18 and Duquesne March 19.   
 
West Virginia
Women's Notes (5-8)
March 9 at Duquesne: W, 5-2
March 11 vs. Cincinnati: L, 6-1
March 13 vs. Army: W, 4-1
March 13 vs. Providence: W, 7-0
West Virginia picked up its second shutout of season March 13 against Providence. The Mountaineers started the day by sweeping the doubles competition. Freshman Melis Tanik and senior Ashley Pilsbury captured the first doubles win in the No. 3 spot, after defeating the Friars' Marisela Aviles-Duron and Maria Clara Bernandez 8-1. The doubles point was captured after the No. 2 pair of juniors Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline won 8-3, while the No. 1 pair of freshman Mary Chupa and sophomore Emily Mathis defeated Bianca Sciotti and Melissa Ferry 8-4. WVU continued the winning-streak in the singles competition. Cardenas (No. 4) captured the first singles victory in a 6-2, 6-1 match against Ferry, while Mathis (No. 2) defeated Bernandez 6-0, 6-3. Chupa (No. 3) clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Providence's Ayushi Sinha. Pilsbury (No. 5) and freshman Anna Rodionova (No. 6) followed shortly behind with wins in their respective matches.
Up Next: Hosts Seton Hall March 18 at 3 p.m.