MANCHESTER, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team notched their second-straight win on the spring with a7-0 blanking of Marist College Sunday afternoon at the Manchester Racquet Club. The Huskies moved to 3-1 in dual match play.
“This was a good win for the team today” ” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We were able to secure the doubles point, but that wasn’t an easy task. Thankfully, our seniors, Summer and Zaina, came from behind at number three doubles to earn us the doubles point in a thrilling tiebreaker.”
The Huskies got the sweep started with a hard fought battle in doubles play. At No. 1, the duo of senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnista, Ukraine) and junior Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) made quick work of Chole Lant and Sophia Moeller, 6-0. The Red Foxes took the No. 2 spot sending it to No. 3 to decide the opening point.
The senior combo of Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) fought their way back to clinch the point with a 7-6 (5) win over Claire Schmitz and Amy Galloway. The duo made it 2-0 this spring playing together.
“Our momentum carried over into the singles matches. We played very confident and looked prepared after a good week in practice. Fitzy had the only close match, winning in the third set tiebreaker after a nice comeback at number two singles.”
UConn’s Pletnyeva set the tone in singles, posting a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 over Lant while classmate Zaki didn’t drop a point in a 6-0, 6-0 win over Galloway at No. 6. She remained unbeaten (4-0) in dual matches this season and ran her record to 14-4.
Junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) clinched the match for UConn at No. 4, beating Moeller, 6-1 and 6-2. Lazaro won her third-straight and is now 16-2 on the season, also remaining unbeaten in dual match play (4-0).
Walker won her No. 3 match with Schmitz, 6-0 and 6-3 while sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia) posted a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5. Both Walker and Chung each picked-up their 10th singles wins on the year, giving UConn four players with double digit victories.
Fitz-Randolph won her opening set with Julia Gabay, 7-5, but needed to bounce back after dropping the second, 6-4, to win in a third set tiebreak, 10-5.
“I’m pleased with the progress we are making in singles, and look forward to another good week of practice,” commented Marshall.
The Huskies are on the road next weekend with matches at Syracuse and against Stony Brook at Army West Point.
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