TAMPA, Fla. - Hot, humid temperatures, complemented by a soft breeze set the stage for day two of the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Tennis Championship on Friday at the University of South Florida.
Three of the top five seeds advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, including No. 1 seed Notre Dame, No. 2 seed and host USF, No. 3 seed Louisville and No. 5 seed DePaul.
The four teams will square off at 9am on Saturday morning on the Varsity Courts. The Irish will face the Blue Demons, while the Bulls will take on the Cardinals. Earlier this season, Notre Dame beat DePaul 5-2 on March 2 in Notre Dame, Ind. USF did not face Louisville this year, but beat the Cardinals 4-0 in the semifinals of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship held here in Tampa.
In action on Friday morning, there was a cornucopia of contests. Notre Dame beat No. 8 seed Marquette 4-0, while USF topped No. 10 seed Pittsburgh 4-0. No. 9 seed Cincinnati beat No. 15 seed Villanova 4-0. No. 11 seed St. John's edged Seton Hall 4-2 to round out the session in a marathon effort lasting three hours and 53 minutes.
Amidst the steamy Florida afternoon weather, Louisville flew past No. 6 seed Rutgers 4-0. No. 5 seed DePaul was victorious after losing the doubles point against No. 4 seed Syracuse. The Blue Demons rallied and swept singles action in a 4-1 win against the Orange.
The final match of the afternoon also was a barnburner as No. 12 seed Providence outlasted No. 13 seed Connecticut 4-3. The contest took four hours and 30 minutes.
Updated Women's Bracket in PDF
#8 Marquette 0, #1 Notre Dame 4
#10 Pittsburgh 0, #2 USF 4
#15 Villanova 0, #9 Cincinnati 4
#14 Seton Hall 2, #11 St. John's 4
#5 DePaul 4, #4 Syracuse 1
#6 Rutgers 0, #3 Louisville 4
#13 Connecticut 3, #12 Providence 4