KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UConn women’s tennis team closed out their weekend road trip with a 4-3 win at UMKC Sunday afternoon. The Huskies battled back from dropping the doubles point to win four of the six singles matches for their third win on the season. UConn improves to 3-2 in dual matches this season.
“This was a very good win against a tough team,” commented head coach Glenn Marshall. “We had some very good opportunities in doubles, and came up short today. We just didn't handle the pressure as well as we could have, and we dropped the doubles point.”
The Huskies did strike first in doubles with sophomore Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) getting a 6-3 win over Aliona Ladutska and Marina Albert at No. 2. The Kangaroos answered with wins at No. 1 and 3 to head to singles play up 1-0 in the match.
“In singles, we came out strong, winning the first set on five courts. We pulled out solid wins from Fitz, Summer, Lizzy, and Emma clinched the win in a three set match.”
Ftiz-Randolph was a double winner on Sunday, evening the match with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Albert at No. 3. UMKC went back in front, 2-1, with a win at No. 6 but UConn closed out the win taking three-straight singles matches.
Junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) posted a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 4 over Yana Grechkina to even the match. Sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) won her second singles match on the weekend with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2 over Melinda Johnson, her team-best 11th win on the season.
Senior co-captain Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) clinched the Huskies’ win with a three-set win at the No. 1 spot. Alderman won the first set over Ladutska, 6-4, then rebounded from dropping the second to win in the third, 6-2.
The Huskies will play a pair of matches next weekend in West Point, N.Y. when they face Stony Brook and Army.