BIG EAST Tennis Notebook - March 31

Cincinnati
Women's Notes (6-12)
March 22 vs. Connecticut: W, 6-1
March 23 vs. Boston University: L, 4-3
March 27 vs. Marquette: L, 4-3
Against UConn March 22, The Bearcats came out early and set the tone of the match, jumping out to early leads in all three doubles' matches. Despite winning just one singles' match, the Huskies made the afternoon a competitive one, battling it out to some close finals. Cincinnati fell 4-3 to Boston University March 23. The Terriers snapped the Bearcats' four-match win streak.
Up Next: Travels to Xavier April 3.  
 
Connecticut
Men's Notes (5-4)
March 17 at Fairfield: W, 4-2
March 20 at Brown: L, 7-0
March 26 vs. Georgetown: L, 4-3
Led by the play of junior Scott Warden and senior Andrew Marcus, the Huskies defeated Fairfield March 17. The early 5-2 record tied the Huskies' best start of spring action as UConn went 5-2 in its first seven matches in 2009. That year, UConn improved its record to 6-2 in its first eight matches before recording back-to-back losses to Georgetown and St. John's. UConn slipped to 5-3 on the season with a 7-0 loss to Brown March 20. UConn dropped two doubles matches before Brown slipped by with the third as Warden and Marcus were edged by Soufiane Azargui and Brandon Burke 8-7 (4) to round out doubles' play. The Huskies dropped their second straight match March 26 as they were edged by Georgetown 4-3.
Up Next: Hosts Marist March 31 at 3:30 p.m.
 
Connecticut
Women's Notes (4-6)
March 17 at Fairfield: W, 4-2
March 22 vs. Cincinnati: L, 6-1
March 26 vs. Georgetown: L, 7-0
March 30 at Providence: W, 5-2
UConn slipped to 4-6 on the season, dropping two straight matches after beating Fairfield 4-2 on the road March 17. The Huskies rebounded with a 5-2 win at Providence march 30.
Up Next: Travels to St. John's April 6.
 
DePaul
Men's Notes (11-7)
March 24 at No. 50 USF: L, 6-1
March 26 at UCF: L, 4-3
The Blue Demons were ranked No. 66 in the most recent ITA Tennis Rankings released March 29.
Up Next: Travels to Middle Tennessee State March 31.
 
 
 
DePaul
Women's Notes (10-7)
March 23 at No. 16 Arizona State: L, 7-0
The Blue Demons slipped to 10-7 on the season, after dropping a 7-0 decision on the road at Arizona State March 23. The win was the fourth-straight for the Sun Devils, who improved to 11-3. All seven of DePaul's losses this season have come to ranked opponents, while five have come to opponents ranked in the top 31.  
Up Next: Hosts Long Beach State at the Lakeshore Athletic Club April 2.   
 
Georgetown
Men's Notes (6-6)
March 23 vs. District of Columbia: W, 5-1
March 23 vs. Howard: W, 4-3
March 25 at St. John's: L, 7-0
March 26 at Connecticut: W, 4-3
The Hoyas evened out their record to 6-6 after picking up four straight wins at home, dropping a 7-0 decision at St. John's and beating Connecticut 4-3. 
Up Next: Hosts Longwood April 1.   
 
Georgetown
Women's Notes (6-6)
March 17 at Maryland: L, 5-2
March 18 at Penn: L, 4-3
March 23 vs. Howard: W, 6-1
March 26 at Connecticut: W, 7-0
March 26 vs. Providence: W, 6-0
The Hoyas picked up three consecutive wins last week, improving to 6-6 on the season.
Up Next: Hosts Longwood April 1.  
 
Louisville
Men's Notes (10-10)
March 17 at Baylor: L, 6-1
March 21 vs. No. 43 Maryland: W, 5-2
March 23 at No. 11 Georgia: L, 4-3
Senior Austen Childs went 4-0 last week for the No. 33 Cardinals, picking up a pair of wins in No. 1 singles, both against ranked opponents, and a pair of No. 3 doubles wins. The senior helped UofL to a 5-2 victory against No. 43 Maryland March 21 as the 16th-ranked singles player swept No. 75 Maros Horny 6-1, 6-2. He teamed with Adam Donaldson to beat the Terapin duo of Jesse Kiruru and Jan Surovic 8-5. Childs upset No. 13 Wil Spencer 6-3, 6-1 in the Cardinals' 4-3 loss at No. 11 Georgia March 23. In doubles action, the Louisville pair tamed the No. 47 Bulldog team of Spencer and Drake Bernstein 8-3. In singles play, Childs improved to 23-10 overall and 14-5 in dual action, moving up to No. 13 in the March 29 ITA singles rankings. He has posted four straight wins over ranked players. Childs holds a 13-4 doubles mark in dual matches and 19-9 overall.  
Up Next: Travels to Tampa, Fla. April 2-3 to take on VCU and USF.
 
Louisville
Women's Notes (11-6)
March 17 at Long Beach State: L, 5-2
March 19 at Loyola Marymount: W, 5-2
March 25 vs. Austin Peay: W, 6-1
March 26 vs. Marquette: W, 4-3
Freshman Rebecca Shine clinched the 4-3 win over Marquette March 26. When the score was tied at 3-3 and at a noisy facility, the freshman won at No. 2 singles in three full sets (7-6, 6-7, 6-4) after going into a long tiebreaker in No. 1 doubles action.
Up Next: Travels to Marshall April 1.  
 
Marquette
Men's Notes (11-8)
March 18 vs. Winthrop: L, 5-2
March 25 vs. Ball State: W, 5-1
March 25 vs. No. 57 Idaho: L, 5-1
March 26 vs. Eastern Washington: W, 6-0
The Golden Eagles went 2-1 at the 2011 Boise State Spring Break Classic march 25-26.
Up Next: Hosts Toledo April 1.
 
Marquette
Women's Notes (11-7)
March 16 at USF: L, 4-3
March 26 at Louisville: L, 4-3
March 27 at Cincinnati: W, 4-3
Marquette snapped its three-match skid with a 4-3 in at Cincinnati March 27. The Golden Eagles won the doubles point and earned three singles wins, improving to 11-7 on the season. 
Up Next: Hosts Chicago State, IUPUI and Illinois State April 2-3.   
 
Notre Dame
Men's Notes (12-8)
March 17 at No. 14 Kentucky: L, 6-1
March 27 vs. No. 50 USF: W, 6-1
March 27 vs. Dayton: W, 7-0
The Irish are 12-8 on the season and ranked 23th in the ITA/Campbell rankings released March 29. They defeated No. 50 USF 6-1 and Dayton 7-0 March 27 for a 2-0 record on the week. Senior Daniel Stahl has improved his winning streak to five matches, while junior Casey Watt is ranked No. 58 in the singles ranks. The Irish are 9-8 against ranked opponents; 10 of those opponents were ranked in the top 25.
Up Next: Travels to Muncie, Ind. to face Ball State April 2. Hosts Southern Methodist and IUPUI April 3.
 
Notre Dame
Women's Notes (9-8)
March 17 vs. No. 4 Duke: L, 7-0
March 19 vs. No. 18 Tennessee: W, 5-2
March 24 at No. 21 Georgia Tech: L, 5-2
The 19th-ranked Irish dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 21 Georgia Tech March 21. Notre Dame got two singles points from freshmen Jennifer Kellner and Julie Sabacinski. Kellner, ranked 107th in singles, faced off against Sasha Krupina at No. 4 singles. After dropping the first set, 4-6, the freshman battled back to capture the final two for a three-set victory 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8). The Irish are 1-5 all-time against the Yellow Jackets.
 Up Next: Hosts Long Beach State and Texas A&M April 1-2.
 
Pittsburgh
Women's Notes (7-8)
March 18 vs. Villanova: W, 7-0
March 29 vs. Seton Hall: L, 4-3
March 22 at Duquesne: L, 6-1
March 30 vs. Youngstown: W, 6-1
Five Panthers claimed straight-set victories in singles play as Pitt defeated Youngstown 6-1 March 30, improving to 7-8.
Up Next:Hosts Rutgers April 2.
 
Providence
Women's Notes (0-9)
March 25 vs. Georgetown: L, 6-0
March 29 vs. Sacred Heart: L, 5-2
March 30 vs. Connecticut: L, 5-2
The Friars have lost their last nine matches.
Up Next: Travels to Siena April 2.
 
 
 
Rutgers
Women's Notes (11-4)
March 25 at St. John's: W, 6-1
March 27 at Syracuse: W, 4-3
March 29 vs. Seton Hall: W, 7-0
The Scarlet Knights have won their last six matches.
Up Next: Travels to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on Pittsburgh and West Virginia April 2-3.
 
St. John's
Men's Notes (12-6)
March 18 vs. Penn: L, 4-3
March 19 vs. George Washington: L, 4-3
March 20 at Yale: W, 4-3
March 25 vs. Georgetown: W, 7-0
March 26 at Columbia: W, 5-2
March 27 vs. Marist: W, 6-1
The Red Storm improved to 12-6 on the season with three wins last week. The 2011 season marks the sixth-straight double digit win campaign under head coach Eric Rebhuhn and the eighth overall in his 10-year career. March 26, STJ came away with a 5-2 win over Ivy League affiliate Columbia. The win was the Red Storm's fifth over Ivy League opponents in 2011. The Red Storm concluded its three-match weekend with a 6-1 win over Marist on March 27. St. John's Milo Hauk and Mike Lampa both went 3-0 in both singles and doubles play last week. Hauk leads the team in singles play with a 14-3 record and doubles play with a 12-4 mark with teammate Gustav Kallen. Lampa sits at 12-6 on the season in singles play.
Up Next: Travels to Stony Brook April 1.
 
St. John's
Women's Notes (6-7)
March 23 at Temple: L, 6-1
March 25 vs. Rutgers: L, 6-1
March 26 vs. Syracuse: L, 7-0
March 30 at Army: L, 4-3
The St. John's women's tennis team dropped four matches last week, including matchups to BIG EAST opponents Rutgers and Syracuse, to level its record to 6-6 on the season. Temple and Rutgers both defeated the Red Storm by a 6-1 margin, while Syracuse shutout St. John's 7-0 at the Port Washington Tennis Academy March 26. Newcomer Diamond Adams continues her solid freshman campaign, accumulating a team-best 8-5 mark in singles play. The doubles duo of Nakita Austin and Jenny Yonkus continue to lead the way in doubles play with a record of 7-4.
Up Next: Travels to Seton Hall April 3.
 
Seton Hall
Women's Notes (4-11)
March 18 at West Virginia: L, 6-1
March 19 at Pittsburgh: W, 4-3
March 29 at Rutgers: L, 7-0
The Pirates dropped a 7-0 decision on the road last week at Rutgers as freshman Pui Wing Sher had her six match win-streak snapped by Amy Zhang of Rutgers. Sher narrowly fell in the first set 7-5, but rallied to even the match after winning set two 6-2. Since the match had already been decided, the third set was played as a 10-point tiebreaker. Sher ultimately fell 10-8 to Zhang, who has not lost a home singles match in her three-plus years with the Scarlet Knights.
Up Next: Hosts Villanova April 1 and St. John's April 3.
 
USF
Men's Notes (11-6)
March 17 vs. Tulsa: L, 5-2
March 18 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi: W, 4-1
March 20 vs. UCF: W, 4-3
March 24 vs. No. 52 DePaul: W, 6-1
March 27 at No. 25 Notre Dame: L, 6-1
The No. 45 Bulls had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 6-1 loss at No. 25 Notre Dame March 27. The Bulls defeated No. 52 DePaul by the same score March 24. Lucas Jovita defeated both of his opponents in those matches, including a win over No. 58 Casey Watt of the Fighting Irish. Jovita has won three straight matches and is now 10-5 on the year with two unfinished matches.
Up Next:The Bulls return home to host No. 37 VCU on April 1and Louisville on April 3. ts No. 27 Tulsa March 17 at noon.
 
USF
Women's Notes (6-10)
March 18 at No. 5 Michigan: L, 7-0
March 20 at No. 75 Ohio State: W, 6-1
The Bulls had the week off after a 6-1 win at No. 75 Ohio State March 20. The Bulls are ranked No. 40 in the ITA Rankings released March 29.
Up Next:The Bulls host Memphis on April 1 and close out the regular season with matches vs. Stetson and North Florida on April 8 and 10, respectively.  
 
Syracuse
Women's Notes (13-5)
March 23 vs. Villanova: W, 7-0
March 25 at Army: W, 7-0
March 26 at St. John's: W, 7-0
March 27 at Rutgers: L, 4-3
Syracuse went 3-1 overall last week. The Orange defeated Villanova, Army and St. John's by a score of 7-0 and recorded a 4-3 loss against Rutgers. SU is 13-5 overall. Senior Simone Kalhorn went 8-0 overall in four matches and surpassed the 100-win mark in her career. She has an overall career record of 102-72. Kalhorn teamed up with freshman Aleah Marrow to win four consecutive matches at the No. 2 doubles position.
Up Next:The Orange will continue its six match road swing, facing William and Mary April 2 and Old Dominion April 3.  
 
Villanova
Men's Notes (3-11)
March 20 vs. Sacred Heart: L, 5-2
March 25 at Fairfield: L, 4-3
March 27 vs. Hofstra: W, 4-3
March 28 at Quinnipiac: W, 6-1
Villanova has won its last two matches.
Up Next: Hosts Monmouth April 1 and Rider and Bryant April 2.  
 
Villanova
Women's Notes (2-9)
March 18 at Pittsburgh: L, 7-0
March 19 at Duquesne: L, 7-0
March 20 at California (Pa.): L, 9-0
March 23 at Syracuse: L, 7-0
March 25 at Saint Joseph's: W, 4-3
March 26 at Fairfield: L, 4-3
March 30 at Bucknell: L, 7-0
The Wildcats snapped their six-match losing streak with a 4-3 win at Saint Joseph's March 25. Villanova dropped its next two matches.
Up Next: Travels to Seton Hall April 1 and hosts La Salle April 2.    
 
West Virginia
Women's Notes (7-10)
March 18 vs. Seton Hall: W, 6-1
March 22 at South Carolina State: L, 7-0
March 23 at South Carolina Upstate: W, 6-1
March 25 at Richmond: L, 7-0
The Mountaineers went 1-1 last week. Freshman Mary Chupa and sophomore Emily Mathis captured WVU's lone win in an 8-3 match in the No. 1 doubles spot as the Mountaineers lost to Richmond 7-0 March 25. West Virginia swept doubles play March 23 in a 6-1 win over South Carolina Upstate.
Up Next: Hosts Rutgers March 3 in its first outdoor match of the season at the WVU Tennis Courts.