BIG EAST Tennis Notebook - April 14

Cincinnati
Women's Notes (8-13)
April 10 vs. Marshall: L, 6-1
April 11 vs. Youngstown State: W, 6-1
The Bearcats earned the doubles point against Youngstown State with the doubles tandems of sophomore Jasmine Lee and junior Safiyya Ismail winning 8-1 and freshman Ashleigh Witte and senior Ksenia Slynko winning 8-3 in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. In singles competition, Slynko was in a back-and-forth match against Margarita Sadovnikova. Slynko fought back after dropping the first set, but eventually fell in a third-set tiebreak, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 8-10. The remaining five Bearcats dropped a total of just 10 games on the way to a 6-1 victory.
Up Next: Hosts Ball State April 15 and DePaul April 17 before heading to Notre Dame for the BIG EAST Championship.   
 
Connecticut
Men's Notes (6-5)
April 10 vs. St. Francis (Pa.): W, 6-1
The Huskies swept doubles play last week against St. Francis (Pa.). In singles action, senior Andrew Marcus won in the No. 1 spot 6-3, 6-1, while freshman Teddy Margules took care of business with big first serves to win in No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-4. Junior Jai Yoon won at No. 3 singles 6-1, 7-5. The lone St. Francis (Pa.) point came at the No. 4 slot as freshman Ryan Carr dropped a tough 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 decision. Junior Scott Warden won No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 victory, while sophomore Wei Lin picked up another close victory 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 5 position.   
Up Next: Hosts Villanova April 16, Marist April 18 and Boston University April 20.
 
Connecticut
Women's Notes (5-9)
April 8 vs. Marquette: L, 6-1
April 10 vs. West Virginia: L, 5-2
In a 6-1 loss to Marquette April 8, junior Alexa Gregory scored the Huskies' lone point with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. Freshman Jennifer Learmonth picked up a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles in last week's 5-3 loss to West Virginia, while classmate Lucy Nutting won 6-1, 7-6 in the No. 6 spot. 
Up Next: Hosts Seton Hall April 15 and Villanova April 16.  
 
DePaul
Men's Notes (14-8)
The No. 61 Blue Demons were not in action last week.
Up Next: Travels to Marquette April 16 before heading to the BIG EAST Championship April 28.
 
DePaul
Women's Notes (11-9)
April 10 vs. Western Michigan: W, 6-1
DePaul celebrated Senior Day with a 6-1 victory over Western Michigan April 10 as the senior duo of Katarina Milinkovic and Selma Salkovic clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win in the No. 1 slot. The pair has combined for 169 singles wins and 178 doubles victories in four years, while helping the program to its first NCAA Team Tournament selection in 2010. The seniors helped DePaul to a 68-28 overall dual record in the last four seasons. Individually, Milinkovic tallied 20 or more singles victory in each of her four seasons and was an All-BIG EAST performer in 2009 and 2010. She is one of four players in program history to register over 90 singles wins and is 61-17 in duals, losing just one at the Lakeshore Athletic Club. Salkovic has tallied 110 doubles victories and was part of the program's first tandem selected to the NCAA Doubles Championship. She is a two-time All-BIG EAST selection and boasts a 77-52 singles record.
Up Next: Travels to Marquette April 15 and Cincinnati April 17.
 
Georgetown
Men's Notes (6-11)
April 9 vs. George Washington: L, 6-1
The Hoyas have lost three-straight matches. In a 6-1 loss to George Washington, junior Andrew Bruhn scored the lone Georgetown point with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles.  
Up Next: Travels to UMBC April 16.
 
Georgetown
Women's Notes (10-8)
April 9 vs. Rutgers: W, 4-3
April 10 vs. Seton Hall: W, 6-1
April 13 vs. Pittsburgh: W, 4-2
Junior Lauren Greco went 4-0 last week, helping the Hoyas edge Rutgers 4-3 April 9 and defeat Seton Hall 6-1 April 10. After being down 5-2 in the first set against RU, she battled back to claim a 7-5, 6-2 win in No. 2 singles. The junior followed the come-from-behind victory by retiring her Pirate opponent 7-5, 3-0 also at the No. 2 position. In No. 2 doubles action, she paired with sophomore Vicky Sekely to beat the Scarlet Knights and the Pirates in successive 8-2 victories. Greco is 16-10 in singles this season, while Greco and Sekely improved to 5-0 in doubles.    
Up Next: Hosts Bucknell April 16.
 
Louisville
Men's Notes (12-11)
The No. 32 Cardinals were not in action last week.
Up Next: Hosts Indiana April 17 and Notre Dame April 23.
 
Louisville
Women's Notes (11-9)
April 9 at No. 19 Tulsa: L, 6-1
In a 6-1 loss to No. 19 Tulsa last week, the Cardinals dropped a pair of close doubles matches. Freshmen Rebecca Shine and Julia Fellerhoff fell 8-7 (7-2) in a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles, while freshman Stefanie Villajuan and junior Amelia Harris were edged 8-6 in a hard-fought loss at No. 2 spot. Shine collected the lone point for UofL with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles.  
Up Next: Travels to Rice April 15 and Houston April 16.
 
Marquette
Men's Notes (13-9)
April 9 vs. Detroit: W, 6-1
April 10 vs. Green Bay: W, 6-1
The Golden Eagles have won eight of their nine home contests this year, including a pair of 6-1 victories over Detroit and Green Bay April 9 and April 10. Sophomore Otavio Perim is 8-2 in his last 10 singles matches. He has found his niche in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions this spring and has gone a combined 7-1 in those spots.
Up Next: Hosts DePaul April 16 before traveling to Notre Dame for the BIG EAST Championship April 28.  
 
Marquette
Women's Notes (17-7)
April 8 at Connecticut: W, 6-1
April 9 vs. West Virginia: W, 5-2
April 9 at Providence: W, 5-2
Marquette has won seven-straight matches, including three last week. Against Providence, the Golden Eagles won the doubles point for the ninth consecutive match. The senior duo of Christina Ruiz and Rachael Hush earned their 11th straight win at No. 1 doubles.  
Up Next: Hosts DePaul April 15 and Notre Dame April 17.
 
Notre Dame
Men's Notes (15-8)
The No. 28 Irish were not in not in action last week.
Up Next: Travels to Ohio State April 13 and to Louisville April 23 before heading to Notre Dame for the BIG EAST Championship April 28.  
 
Notre Dame
Women's Notes (11-9)
April 7 at No. 16 Northwestern: L, 4-3
The No. 20 Irish dropped a tough 4-3 decision to No. 16 Northwestern on the road April 7. Notre Dame held a 3-0 lead in the match before the Wildcats stormed back for the victory. The Irish jumped ahead with the doubles point as the 22nd-ranked duo of juniors Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles and the Irish pairing of sophomore Chrissie McGaffigan and senior Kristen Rafael held on for an 8-6 win at the No. 2 slot. The win was the 13th consecutive for Frilling and Mathews, while McGaffingan and Rafael recorded their third-straight doubles victory.
 Up Next: Travels to Marquette April 17 and hosts DePaul April 23.
 
Pittsburgh
Women's Notes (8-11)
April 8 vs. Syracuse: L, 7-0
April 13 at Georgetown: L, 4-2
Freshman Jocelyn Lu earned her 20th singles win of the season April 13 as the Panthers dropped a 4-2 decision to Georgetown. The squads did not play doubles matches. Recording her 32nd overall win of the season, Lu tallied a 6-1, 3-6, 10-6 victory in No. 2 singles. She has won seven of her last nine matches. This was also her fourth tiebreaker win of the year. In No. 6 singles, junior Minh Evans also won in a tiebreaker. After falling 6-4 in the first set, she forced a decider with a 6-4 tally of her own. Evans outlasted her opponent in the third stanza with an 11-9 score. 
Up Next:Travels to Marshall April 15 before traveling to Notre Dame for the BIG EAST Championship April 28.
 
Providence
Women's Notes (2-12)
April 7 vs. St. John's: L, 5-2
April 9 vs. Marquette: L, 5-2
April 10 at Fairfield: L, 6-1
Providence went 0-3 last week. On April 7, St. John's handed the Friars a 5-2 home loss. On April 9, the squad fell to Marquette 5-2 at the Providence College Tennis Courts. The team lost to Fairfield 6-1 April 10 at the Walsh Athletic Center Tennis Courts in Fairfield, Conn. Against Marquette, sophomore Marisela Aviles-Duron was tested by MU's Olga Fischer in the No. 1 singles match. Aviles-Duron, who was down one set and 0-4 in the second, rallied back to win the second set and took the third set in a tiebreaker. Against Fairfield, senior captain Ayushi Sinha led the Friar effort against the Stags. Sinha teamed up with junior Melissa Ferry to win 8-6 at No. 3 doubles. Sinha carried that momentum into singles play as she dropped Kristen Liu in the No. 3 singles spot 6-4, 6-3.
Up Next: Hosts Seton Hall April 16 and Villanova April 17. The meeting with the Wildcats is the last regular season match for the Friars and is the team's Senior Day.
 
Rutgers
Women's Notes (14-5)
April 9 at Georgetown: L, 4-3
April 10 at Villanova: W, 7-0
The Scarlet Knights close out their regular season with a home match against Connecticut April 19. The match, which was originally scheduled for April 13, will serve as RU's Senior Day, honoring Amy Zhang. The Scarlet Knights split play last week as the squad lost to Georgetown 4-3 and bounced back by blanking Villanova 7-0. Junior Morgan Ivey successfully outplayed both opponents in singles action last week and paired with freshman Stef Balasa to earn Rutgers victories at No. 3 doubles.
Up Next: Hosts Connecticut April 19 before for the BIG EAST Championship April 28.  
 
St. John's
Men's Notes (15-6)
April 9 at Villanova: W, 6-1
April 9 at Temple: W, 5-2
The St. John's men's tennis team extended its winning streak to seven-consecutive matches with wins over Villanova and Temple last week in the Philadelphia area. With the pair of victories, STJ improved to 15-6. The 15 wins ties a program record for wins in a season, which was last reached in the 1992 campaign, when the Red Storm finished the year at 15-5. The 2011 season marks the winningest campaign of head coach Eric Rebhuhn's 10-year career with the Red Storm. St. John's won the doubles point in both matches to take an early 1-0 lead over its opponents for the 11th time this season. The Red Storm currently have three student-athletes with 15 singles wins or more and two others that have eclipsed the 10-win mark.
Up Next:St. John's will look for its program's-best 16th win of the season when it travels to Stony Brook April 18.
 
St. John's
Women's Notes (9-9)
April 7 at Providence: W, 5-2
April 9 vs. Boston University: L, 5-2
April 10 at Stony Brook: L, 6-1
The St. John's women's tennis team went 1-2 last week, picking up a key win over Providence. The Red Storm defeated Providence on the road 5-2 April 7. Following losses to Boston University and Stony Brook on April 9 and April 10, respectively, the Red Storm is now 9-9. Junior Ece Firat won both her singles matches last weekend to improve to 9-8 on the season and extend her singles winning streak to five matches. After starting the season 0-2, junior Ksenia Mikhaylova has won six-straight matches, including four at No. 6 singles, to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Up Next: St. John's was originally scheduled to host Villanova April 13, but that match was postponed and has not been rescheduled yet.
 
Seton Hall
Women's Notes (5-13)
April 10 at Georgetown: L, 6-1
The Pirates dropped a 6-1 decision at Georgetown April 10. Freshman Pui Wing Sher pulled off an upset in No. 1 singles to secure SHU's long point. After dropping the first set 0-6, Sher bounced back to defeat Stephanie Wetmore by scores of 6-2 and 10-4. Wetmore is a graduate transfer student from the 2010 National Champions, UCLA. As a junior, Wetmore was ranked in the top 100 in the world by the ITF.
Up Next: Travels to Connecticut April 15 and Providence April 16.  
 
USF
Men's Notes (13-7)
April 12 vs. North Florida: W, 4-0
USF wrapped up its regular season with a 4-0 win against North Florida on April 12 and awaits the BIG EAST Championships on April 28-May 1. The Bulls are ranked No. 43 in the nation by ITA as of April 12.
Up Next:Travels to Notre Dame for the BIG EAST Championship April 28.
 
USF
Women's Notes (9-10)
April 8 vs. Stetson: W, 6-1
April 10 vs. North Florida: W, 7-0
USF wrapped up its regular season with two wins last week over Stetson and North Florida. The Bulls finish the season with a 9-10 record and ranked No. 39 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as of April 12. The Bulls will travel to Notre Dame for the BIG EAST Championships April 28-May 1.
Up Next:Travels to Notre Dame for the BIG EAST Championship April28.
 
Syracuse
Women's Notes (15-6)
April 8 at Pittsburgh: W, 7-0
Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh 7-0 April 8 to move to 15-6 on the season. The sweep of the Panthers marks the sixth time the Orange has swept an opponent this season and the fourth against a BIG EAST opponent. Syracuse has outscored BIG EAST opponents by a 42-7 margin this season. Freshman Aleah Marrow extended her singles winning-streak to six matches, beating her counterpart 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot. SU's 32nd ranked doubles pair of junior Emily Harman and freshman Maddie Kobelt earned its 16th win as a duo and has recorded a record of 16-3 this season. Kobelt earned her 30th career win in that doubles victory.
Up Next:Syracuse concludes the regular season on its home court against Connecticut April 22.
 
Villanova
Men's Notes (8-13)
April 9 vs. St. John's: L, 6-1
April 9 vs. La Salle: W, 7-0
April 10 at Loyola (Md.): W, 5-2
April 13 at St. Joseph's: W, 4-3
The Wildcats picked up three-straight wins last week, including a 7-0 shutout over La Salle April 9. Senior Dave Shaheen and freshman Ryan Peyton recorded their 13th consecutive doubles victory April 13 with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win against St. Joseph's in the No. 2 spot.
Up Next: Travels to Boston University April 15 and Connecticut April 16.
 
Villanova
Women's Notes (4-12)
April 9 at Loyola (Md.): W, 4-3
April 10 vs. Rutgers: L, 7-0
April 11 vs. Quinnipiac: L, 6-1
The Wildcats snapped their three-match skid with a 6-1 win over La Salle April 2.
Up Next: Villanova was originally scheduled to take on St. John's April 13, but that match has not be rescheduled yet. The Wildcats travel to Connecticut April 16 and Providence April 17.      
 
West Virginia
Women's Notes (8-12)
April 9 vs. Marquette: L, 5-2
April 10 at Connecticut: W, 5-2
The Mountaineers ended a three-match skid with a 5-2 win on the road against Connecticut April 10. West Virginia swept the Huskies in doubles competition and claimed victories in singles at the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 positions.  
Up Next: The BIG EAST Championship will be hosted by Notre Dame April 28-May 1.