NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Despite chilly temperatures which forced the matches indoors, the higher-seeded teams were still hot today on Day 1 of the 2011 BIG EAST Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Notre Dame. All of the day’s matches were played in a singles-first format.
The women’s bracket opened up tournament play with a 9 a.m. match between No. 7 seed Syracuse and No. 10 seed St. John’s at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on the Notre Dame campus. The Orange shutout the Red Storm 4-0 in the first of three shutouts on the day. No. 6 seed Rutgers defeated No. 11 seed West Virginia 4-0, while No. 5 seed Marquette beat No. 12 seed Connecticut in the same fashion. No. 8 seed Georgetown held off No. 9 seed Cincinnati 4-1.
On the men’s side at the South Bend Racquet Club, No. 8 seed Connecticut slipped past No. 9 seed Villanova 4-2 with three matches going to a third set. UConn senior Andrew Marcus clinched the match for the Huskies at No. 1 singles, edging VU freshman Thomas O’Brien 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1.
For more information on the 2011 BIG EAST Tennis Championships, please visit the Championship Central page on the BIG EAST website.