April 22, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - Heavy rain throughout the day on Saturday forced a cancellation of the consolation round match that No. 8 seed Villanova (10-12) would have played against No. 5 seed DePaul (11-15) in the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday afternoon. The match will not be rescheduled and the Wildcats finish the 2011-12 campaign with a 10-12 record after going 1-1 in the conference tournament.
Villanova may have had as many as two matches washed out but the rain that fell will do nothing to dampen the encouraging signs that a young Wildcats team showed this season. The last few weeks of the 2011-12 campaign were particularly promising for Villanova, which won seven of its last 11 matches and defeated No. 9 seed Connecticut in the opening match of the BIG EAST Championship two days ago.
The squad that the Wildcats put out on the court during the last month of the season featured three sophomores and three freshmen in the singles lineup as well as five underclassmen in the six spots from first through third doubles. Sophomore Thomas O'Brien (Guilford, Conn.) emerged as a steady No. 1 player in both singles and doubles for Villanova during the season, while sophomores Matt Colonnese (Marietta, Ga.) and Ryan Peyton (Newport Beach, Calif.) provided stability to the top half of the singles lineup.
Freshman Michael Rosengren (Sharon, Mass.), Tim Abbracciamento (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Mark Miller (Englewood, Colo.) all came on strong during the second half of the season and freshman Kelly Donaldson (Broomfield, Colo.) teamed with O'Brien as the team's No. 1 doubles tandem.