WEST POINT, N.Y. - The UConn women's tennis team got their dual match schedule underway on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Stony Brook at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center at West Point, N.Y. The Huskies rebounded from losing the opening doubles point to storm back and win five of the six singles matches for their first win over Stony Brook since the 2008 season.
Junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and freshman Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) won at #2 doubles 7-6 over Louis Badoche and Elizabeth Tsvetkov but the Seawolves took the #1 and #3 matches for the opening point.
Sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva () and junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) got the Huskies off to a fast start with two opening wins at #3 and #6. Pletnyeva beat Anne-Kathrin Hierl, 6-0 and 6-2 and Flanagan won 6-1 and 6-1 over Carrion-Rodriguez to go up 2-1.
Stony Brook evened the match at 2-2 with Elizabeth Tsvetkov's win at #1 over senior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia), 6-4 and 6-3. UConn closed strong, winning the last three singles matches all in three set thrillers.
Sophomore Zaina Zaki (West Chester, PA) won 6-4, 2-6 and 6-3 over Badoche at #5 and freshman Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) fought off match point down 5-2 in the third set to storm back and beat Nadia Smergut at #4. She won 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5 to seal the win for the Huskies.
Alderman sealed off the UConn win at #2 singles beating Devanski Bhimjiyani, 5-7, 6-4 and 10-8.
"I am so happy with the teams effort and fight today," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We knew this match was going to be a battle, and we were prepared for the fight today. Playing matches last weekend really got us mentally ready to compete today. I hope we can carry the momentum into tomorrow with our match with Army."
UConn finishes their weekend at West Point on Sunday morning against Army.