EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team opened up their spring season on Sunday morning with a 6-1 win over Siena College at the East Hartford Tennis Club. The Huskies make it 2-1 in dual match play this season with the win.
“This was a nice win to start off our spring campaign,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We were excited to finally get on the court for our first competition. We had a bit of nervous energy today since it was our first match, but we worked through and stepped up in the close sets that we had today.”
The Huskies dominated right from the start, sweeping all three doubles matches to set the tone for the day. Junior Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia) got it started with a 6-2 win at No. 2 over Kylie Mullaney and Ann Phillips, the duo’s first win playing together.
The doubles point was clinched at No. 3 where the senior tandem of Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) also earned their first win playing together this year, beating Ivana Boberic and Rina Sakai, 6-2. The Huskies made it a sweep at No. 1 with senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) earning their first win as a duo, 6-4 over Nanea Perkins and Natalie Weaver.
The Huskies carried their strong start over to the singles play starting with Pletnyeva at No. 1 who posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Boberic to start. The senior claimed her 13th win on the season and improved to 3-0 when playing at No. 1. She is 8-2 over her last 10 singles matches.
Walker put the Huskies up 3-0 in the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3 over Weaver and Fitz-Randolph clinched the victory by beating Mullaney at No. 2, 6-3, 6-4.
UConn’s Lazaro and Chung closed it out with wins at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively. Lazaro notched her 15th win on the year and improved to 9-1 over her last 10 matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Perkins. Chung posted a 6-1, 6-4 win over Julia Dunbar.
“Siena turned out to be a very solid team, and we were happy with the outcome. Lizzy and Fitzy led the way with their play in both singles and doubles today. They were both very solid mentally and were really ready to play today.”
The Huskies will host Marist College next Sunday, February 4 at the Manchester Racquet Club before hitting the road for six-straight during February.
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