Women's tennis set to face UMass
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 00:10
After a successful weekend at the New England Championships, the UConn women’s tennis team looks to continue their success in their first home tournament of the season on Wednesday.
Today the Huskies will host the UMass Minutemen in the first of two dual matches to be held on campus. The UConn squad has already had several encounters with Minutemen through the first half of the season, competing against them in several rounds at Quinnipiac and Army. Thus far, the Minutemen have had the upper hand in the majority of matches, but in the dual match format, anything can happen. With the Huskies focusing all of their efforts on defeating UMass, they will have the opportunity to best their performances in every other match where they’ve faced the Minutemen.
The competition in today’s dual match will likely be higher than that of past years. What makes this year’s dual match with the Minutemen so unique comes from the Huskies’ newest addition to the team: Emilie Burgess. Burgess joined the team at the beginning of this season, she transferred from UMass to bring her talents to UConn. Her addition will only serve to add to the already well-developed rivalry between the two schools on the court.
For the first time since the 2008 fall season, the Huskies will host the Minutemen in Storrs. Two years ago, the two teams planned to meet on the UConn Tennis Courts in the fall, but they were rained out shortly before the competition was set to begin. This year was no exception to rain issues, but today’s match, which was rescheduled from two weeks ago, will likely be free from inclement weather. In the past five years, UConn has yet to defeat UMass in the dual match setting, but this year’s team has confidence that they’ll be successful on the court.
The Huskies’ first home match of the season will be hosted on the UConn Tennis Courts at 2 p.m. The team will wrap up the week by traveling to West Point, N.Y. for the Regional Championships on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.