BIG EAST Tennis Notebook - April 7

Cincinnati
Women's Notes (7-12)
April 3 at Xavier: W, 5-2
The Bearcats downed cross-town rival Xavier 5-2 April 3. Cincinnati claimed the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3, then took four of six singles points with wins at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6. The Bearcats begin a four-match homestand April 10 against Marshall.
Up Next: Hosts Marshall April 10 and Youngstown State April 11.  
 
Connecticut
Men's Notes (5-5)
April 3 vs. St. John's: L, 6-1
The Huskies captured the doubles point against St. John's April 3 with wins in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Senior Andrew Marcus and junior Scott Warden won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles, while juniors Jai Yoon and Dave Adams took an 8-5 victory at the No. 2 spot. 
Up Next: Hosts St. Francis April 10.
 
Connecticut
Women's Notes (4-7)
April 6 at St. John's: L, 7-0
The Huskies lost their second straight match against St. John's April 6. Senior Katie Moritz and freshman Marie Gargiulo were the only victors from the UConn program as they picked up an 8-4 win in No. 3 doubles. 
Up Next: Hosts Marquette April 8 and West Virginia April 10.
 
DePaul
Men's Notes (14-8)
March 31 at Middle Tennessee State: W, 7-0
April 2 vs. Troy: W, 4-0
April 2 vs. Memphis: W, 4-3
April 3 vs. Denver: L, 4-3
The No. 62 Blue Demons took second at the Sun Belt Shootout Tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State last week. They snapped a four-match skid with a 7-0 win over Middle Tennessee State on March 3. DePaul reached the Championship dual of the Sun Belt Shootout with wins over Troy (4-0) and Memphis (4-3). DPU climbed from No. 66 to No. 62 in the ITA rankings.
Up Next: Travels to Marquette April 16.  
 
DePaul
Women's Notes (10-9)
April 2 vs. No. 44 Long Beach State: L, 6-1
April 3 vs. No. 32 Texas A&M: L, 4-0
DePaul played a pair of ranked teams last week, making it 11 ranked opponents this that DPU has faced. The Blue Demons dropped matches to No. 44 Long Beach 6-1 and No. 32 Texas A&M 4-0. Freshman Kelsey Lawson registered DePaul's lone point with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Long Beach State's Rachel Manasse in No. 4 singles. The win was Lawson's 21st of the season. 
Up Next: Hosts Western Michigan April 10.   
 
Georgetown
Men's Notes (6-10)
April 1 vs. Longwood: L, 6-1
April 6 at Navy: L, 4-3
The Hoyas won one match in doubles play against Longwood April 1 as sophomore Charlie Caris and senior Bryan Miller nabbed an 8-4 victory at the No. 2 spot. The lone Georgetown victory in singles action came at the No. 5 position as freshman Casey Distaso won the first set 6-3 before his opponent retired.
Up Next: Hosts James Madison April 8 and George Washington April 9.   
 
Georgetown
Women's Notes (7-8)
April 1 vs. Longwood: W, 7-0
The Hoyas picked up their fourth consecutive win April 1 against Longwood. GU won two doubles matches to earn the point as graduate student Stephanie Wetmore and freshman Tina Tehrani won 8-4 at No. 1, while sophomore Vicky Sekely and junior Lauren Greco claimed an 8-3 win at No. 2. 
Up Next: Hosts Seton Hall April 8 and Rutgers April 9.
 
Louisville
Men's Notes (12-11)
April 2 vs. No. 40 VCU: W, 5-2
April 3 at No. 45 USF: W, 5-2
April 6 at Wake Forest: L, 4-3
Senior Austen Childs helped the No. 31 Cardinals down two ITA-ranked opponents last week. In Louisville's 5-2 win against No. 40 VCU April 2, the senior won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot and teamed with junior Adam Donaldson for an 8-6 No. 3 doubles victory. UofL defeated No. 45 USF 5-2 April 3 as 16th-ranked Childs came from behind to beat No. 73 Lucas Jovita 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Childs and Donaldson picked up an 8-1 No. 3 doubles win. UofL was edged by Wake Forest 4-3 April 6. The Cardinals swept all three doubles matches to earn the point, then dropped four singles matches. Louisville picked up wins in No. 1 and No. 5 singles.
Up Next: Hosts Indiana April 17.
 
Louisville
Women's Notes (11-8)
April 1 at No. 51 Marshall: L, 6-1
April 2 vs. VCU: L, 6-1
After dropping the first set 4-6, junior Amelia Harris bounced back to get victory with 6-1, 10-6 in the next two sets at No. 4 singles to score the Cardinals' lone point against No. 51 Marshall. Against VCU, Louisville picked up a point with a win at No. 2 singles as freshman Rebecca Shine won by a score of 7-5, 6-2.
Up Next: Travels to Tulsa April 9.   
 
Marquette
Men's Notes (11-9)
April 1 vs. Toledo: L, 4-3
Marquette opened a four-match homestand April 1with a tough 4-3 loss to Toledo. The loss was the first in seven home matches this season for the Golden Eagles and marked the ninth-straight win for the Rockets, who also defeated Green Bay April 1.  
Up Next: Hosts Detroit April 9 and Green Bay April 10.  
 
Marquette
Women's Notes (14-7)
April 2 vs. Chicago State: W, 6-0
April 2 vs. IUPUI: W, 6-1
April 3 vs. Illinois State: W, 7-0
Marquette has won four-straight matches, including three last week. The Golden Eagles dominated doubles play against Illinois State, claiming all three wins and giving up just five total points.   
Up Next: Travels to Connecticut April 8.
 
Notre Dame
Men's Notes (15-8)
April 2 at Ball State: W, 6-1
April 3 vs. No. 64 Southern Methodist: W, 6-1
April 3 vs. IUPUI: W, 7-0
Notre Dame is currently 15-8 on the season. The Irish are 10-8 against ranked opponents. Most recently, the Irish defeated Ball State 6-1 (April 2), No. 64 Southern Methodist 6-1 (April 3), IUPUI 7-0 (April 3). Notre Dame is ranked No. 28 in the Campbell/ITA National Team Rankings. Junior Casey Watt remains in the singles rankings at No. 64, while senior Daniel Stahl moved into the ranks for the first time this season at No. 89 and senior Stephen Havens is No. 125. Stahl continues his winning streak and has now picked up eight-straight wins and has defeated three-straight ranked opponents. The Irish hit the road for their final two matches and will face No. 3 Ohio State April 13 and 2010 BIG EAST Conference champion Louisville on April 23.
Up Next: Travels to Ohio State April 13.
 
Notre Dame
Women's Notes (11-8)
April 1 vs. No. 44 Long Beach State: W, 5-2
April 2 vs. No. 32 Texas A&M: W, 6-1
Junior Shannon Mathews helped the No. 20 Irish beat two ITA-ranked teams last week as Notre Dame downed No. 44 Long Beach State 5-2 April 1 and No. 32 Texas A&M 6-1 April 2. In No. 2 singles action, the 63rd-ranked junior swept LBSU 6-0, 6-2 and edged Texas A&M 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. She is 14-2 at the No. 2 position on the dual season and 14-2 when the match is decided in straight sets. She boasts a 67-24 career singles record. At No. 1 doubles last week, Mathews paired with junior Kristy Frilling to beat LBSU 8-3 and the Aggies 8-5. The 22nd-ranked Notre Dame duo has won 12 consecutive matches, helping the pair to a 7-2 record against nationally ranked teams. Mathews and Frilling have not been forced into a tiebreaker since their last loss Feb. 12 against Michigan 7-8 (2-8).      
 Up Next: Travels to Northwestern April 7.  
 
Pittsburgh
Women's Notes (8-9)
April 2 vs. Rutgers: L, 6-1
April 6 at Carnegie Mellon: W, 6-3
Senior Elizabeth Adams won her 68th career doubles match as the Panthers posted a 6-3 victory over Carnegie Mellon April 6. The Pairing of Adams and sophomore Gabrielle Catanzariti gave Pitt the doubles point with an 8-4 victory in the No. 1 spot. Adams and Catanzariti recorded their 10th doubles win as a pair. Adams tallied her 68th career doubles victory, which ties Fran Davis for second place in program history.
Up Next:Hosts Syracuse April 8.
 
Providence
Women's Notes (4-11)
April 2 at Siena: W, 5-2
April 3 vs. Albany: W, 6-1
Providence went 2-2 last week. On March 29, the Friars fell to Sacred Heart 5-2 at home and on March 30, the team lost to Connecticut at home by the same score. The Friars earned their first road win of the season by defeating Siena 5-2 April 2. The team defeated Albany 6-1 at the Providence College Tennis Courts 6-1 April 3. Sophomore Marisela Aviles-Duron and freshman Maria Clara Bernardez won all four of their singles matches during the week. Freshman Bianca Sciotti earned her first career doubles win against Siena and followed it up with another doubles win against Albany. The Friars will try to extend their two-game winning streak April 7, when they host St. John's at 3:00 p.m. at the Providence College Tennis Courts. The team hosts Marquette on April 9 at 4:00 p.m. April 10, the team travels to face Fairfield at 11:00 a.m.
Up Next: Hosts St. John's April 7.
 
 
 
Rutgers
Women's Notes (13-4)
April 2 vs. Pittsburgh: W, 6-1
April 3 at West Virginia: W, 6-1
The Scarlet Knights have won their last eight matches, including their last five against BIG EAST opponents. Senior Amy Zhang won her eighth and ninth consecutive singles matches last week, defeating Gabrielle Catanzariti of Pittsburgh and Melis Tanik of West Virginia. At No. 2 singles, junior Jen Holzberg won her team-leading 16th match of the season, downing Emily Mathis of West Virginia. Freshmen standouts Stef Balasa and Vanessa Petrini moved into a tie with Holzberg with 16 victories, each winning two singles bouts last week. Balasa won 6-0, 6-3 over Brittney Russell of Pitt and 6-3, 6-3 over Ashley Pilsbury of WVU. Petrini extended her streak to nine with wins over Pitt's Minh Evans and WVU Liv Pettersson at No. 6 singles.
Up Next: Travels Georgetown April 9 and to Villanova April 10.
 
St. John's
Men's Notes (13-6)
April 3 at Connecticut: W, 6-1
St. John's cruised to its fifth straight victory with a 6-1 win over BIG EAST Conference rival Connecticut on a windy afternoon in Storrs, Conn., April 3. The Red Storm won all six singles matches for the fourth time of the 2011 season to clinch its second win over a BIG EAST opponent. With the win, STJ improves to 13-6 overall. St. John's is two wins shy of tying the program's single-season record of 15 dual-match wins, which was last reached in the 1992 season. St. John's junior Milo Hauk won his seventh-straight singles match with a dominating 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles. Hauk improves to 15-3 overall and 2-0 as the STJ ace. Sophomore Mike Lampa continued his excellent career with the Johnnies, picking up his sixth-straight win in singles play and 13th of the season. Both Hauk and Lampa have won 11 of their last 12 singles matches.
Up Next: Travels to Villanova and Temple April 9.  
 
St. John's
Women's Notes (8-7)
April 3 at Seton Hall: W, 6-1
April 6 vs. Connecticut: W, 7-0
The St. John's team snapped a four-match losing streak with a 6-1 win over local BIG EAST opponent Seton Hall April 3 at The Baird Tennis Center in South Orange, N.J. Winning two of three doubles matches over the Pirates, STJ improved to 7-0 in dual matches when winning the overall doubles point. St. John's won five of six singles matches to clinch the win, including junior Ksenia Mikhaylova's three-set No. 6 singles decision. It was Mikhaylova's fourth-straight win in singles play. The Red Storm honored Jenny Yonkus and Alyssa Liantonio in a Senior Day celebration after a 7-0 win over Connecticut April 6.
Up Next: Travels to Providence April 7 and hosts Boston University April 9.
 
Seton Hall
Women's Notes (5-12)
April 1 vs. Villanova: W, 7-0
April 3 vs. St. John's: L, 6-1
Freshman Pui Wing Sher continued her exceptional play of late, winning two No. 1 singles matches and a pair of No. 1 doubles contests to help Seton Hall go 1-1 last week. In doubles play, she paired with freshman Rocio Portela to shutout Villanova's top duo. Sher then coasted to a straight-set victory against Mikelle Mancini of Villanova April 1. After getting off to a slow start against Nevena Selakovic from St. John's, the Hong Kong native settled in to take the first set in an extra game and took the second frame 6-0. Sher has won eight of her last nine singles contests.
Up Next: Travels to Georgetown April 8.  
 
USF
Men's Notes (12-7)
April 1 vs. No. 40 VCU: W, 4-2
April 3 vs. No. 33 Louisville: L, 5-2
No. 45 USF split its matches last week against No. 40 VCU and No. 33 Louisville, defeating the No. 40 Rams 4-2 and falling to No. 33 Louisville 5-2. The Bulls finish the regular season with a 2-2 record against BIG EAST opponents and have only one match against North Florida remaining before the BIG EAST Championships April 28-May1. Freshman Federico Sabogal won both of his matches to improve to 13-5 this year in dual match play.
Up Next:USF hosts North Florida at 2 p.m. on April 12.
 
USF
Women's Notes (7-10)
April 1 vs. Memphis; W, 6-1
The No. 40 USF women's tennis team picked up a 6-1 win over Memphis April 1, improving to 7-10 on the year. The Bulls have two matches remaining against Stetson and North Florida before the BIG EAST Championship April 28-May 1. Senior Irene Rehberger earned her fifth win of the season over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 107 Courtney Collins of Memphis.
Up Next:USF hosts Stetson on April 8 and North Florida on April 10.
 
Syracuse
Women's Notes (14-6)
April 2 at No. 49 William & Mary: L, 6-1
April 3 at Old Dominion: W, 6-1
Freshman Aleah Marrow won both her singles matches last week, extending her singles winning-streak to five and providing the only point for the Orange against No. 49 William & Mary April 2. Against Old Dominion April 2, Syracuse started off winning two-of-three doubles matches to secure the first point of the day. The No. 32 doubles pair of junior Emily Harman and freshman Maddie Kobelt convincingly beat their Monarch counterparts 8-3 at the No. 1 doubles spot.
Up Next:Travels to Pittsburgh April 8.   
 
Villanova
Men's Notes (5-12)
April 1 vs. Monmouth N.J.: W, 6-0
April 2 vs. Rider: W, 7-0
April 2 vs. Bryant: L, 4-3
Villanova captured a dominating 7-0 victory over Rider April 2, but followed the win with a 4-3 loss to Bryant at the Villanova Tennis Complex.
Up Next: Hosts St. John's and La Salle April 9.   
 
Villanova
Women's Notes (3-10)
April 1 at Seton Hall: L, 7-0
April 2 vs. La Salle: W, 6-1
The Wildcats snapped their three-match skid with a 6-1 win over La Salle April 2.
Up Next: Travels to Loyola (Md.) April 9 and hosts Rutgers April 10.     
 
West Virginia
Women's Notes (7-11)
April 3 vs. Rutgers: L, 6-1
The Mountaineers have dropped their last two matches. Junior Veronica Cardenas and sophomore Liv Pettersson captured West Virginia's lone doubles victory in an 8-7 (5) match at the No. 2 spot. Freshman Mary Chupa recorded the only point for WVU with a 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles.
Up Next: Travels to Storrs, Conn., to take on Connecticut April 9 and Marquette April 10, before traveling to Notre Dame, Ind., for the BIG EAST Championship April 28-May 1.