TAMPA, Fla. - Four men's and four women's teams locked up a spot in the semifinals of the men's and women's BIG EAST Tennis Championship on Friday at the University of South Florida. Matches will be played on Saturday.
In the early matches, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds advanced on both the men's and women's sides. The top-seeded Notre Dame women secured a 4-0 win over No. 8 Rutgers by taking the doubles point and earning three singles victories. Senior Kristy Frilling was 2-0 for the day, teaming up with classmate Shannon Mathews for an 8-1 doubles victory and downing RU senior Jennifer Holzberg 6-0, 6-0. Irish sophomore Jennifer Kellner recorded the deciding point, a 6-4, 6-1 win over Scarlet Knight sophomore Stefania Balasa. Full Results available here.
The No 2-seeded USF women booked their ticket to the semifinals with a decisive 4-0 victory over No. 7 Marquette. Junior Ecaterina Vasenina and sophomore Loreto Alonso Martinez both recorded two victories in the match. The duo teamed to clinch the doubles point with an 8-2 win and both won their singles matches in straight sets. Full Results available here.
The No. 1 seed Notre Dame men took down No. 8 seed Villanova 5-0. Senior Nial Fitzgerald decided both the doubles point and the match point. He partnered with classmate Casey Watt for an 8-4 doubles victory to secure the first point of the game. Fitzgerald also closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over VU's freshman Michael Rosengren. Full Results available here.
The second-ranked Louisville men took down No. 7 Georgetown 4-0 to close the morning session. After sweeping the doubles point, the Cardinals won three singles matches, all in straight sets. Senior Andrew Carter recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over GU senior Andrew Bruhn to clinch the match for UofL. Full Results available here.
In the afternoon session, the men advanced the remaining top seeds with USF and St. John's earning victories. The No. 4 seeded Bulls downed the No. 5 ranked Blue Demons of DePaul 4-0. Senior Wael Kilani and sophomore Federico Sabogal each earned two victories in the match. The duo paired to defeat juniors Sven Kasper and Mathias Hambach 8-6 in doubles competition and only lost a combined 3 games in singles action. Kilani beat DPU sophomore Filip Dzanko 6-0, 6-1 and Sabogal downed Kasper 6-0, 6-2. Full Results available here.
In the final men's match of the day, St. John's topped Marquette 4-1 behind two wins apiece from junior Vasko Mladenov and senior Milo Hauk. The pair teamed up for an 8-5 doubles victory over MU junior Jonathan Schwerin and sophomore Dan Mamalat. Mladenov recorded a 7-6 (0), 6-1 win over Mamalat and Hauk beat freshman Vukasin Teofanovic 6-4, 7-6 (10). Full Results available here.
The women's afternoon session provided some very entertaining matches, with No. 4 seeded DePaul taking the first from No. 5 Georgetown 4-3. The Blue Demons took the doubles point to earn an early lead, but the Hoyas battled back to tie the score at 3. With all the attention on court one, DePaul freshman Jasmin Kling pulled out the victory in three sets over Georgetown senior Lauren Greco 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Full Results available here.
The sixth-seeded Louisville women became the only lower seed to earn a victory, with a 4-2 win over No. 3-ranked Syracuse. Senior Sarah Miller played a large role in the Cardinal upset, clinching both the doubles and match points. In doubles action, she teamed with classmate Amelia Harris to topple SU's freshmen Amanda Rodgers and Jimena Wu 8-6 at the third spot. In singles play, Miller mounted a furious comeback after dropping the first set to beat freshman Komal Safdar 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Her win decided the match, sending the Cardinals into the semifinals. Full Results available here.
All semifinal matches will be played at 9 a.m. In the women's bracket, No. 1 seed Notre Dame will face No. 4 seed DePaul and No. 2 seed USF will matchup against No. 6 seed Louisville. Both matches will be played at the Varsity Courts. In the men's action, No. 1 Notre Dame will see No. 4 USF at the P.E. Courts while No. 2 Louisville will play No. 3 St. John's at the Andros Courts.
Results from all BIG EAST Tennis Championship action can be found at the BIG EAST Championship Central page.