WEST POINT, N.Y. - The UConn women's tennis team lost a hard fought battle to the Stony Brook Seawolves, 4-3, in a match played at West Point over the weekend. The Huskies dropped their first match of the spring and are now 4-2 this season.
"This was a great weekend of tennis for our women's program," commented head coach Glenn Marshall. "Having the chance to play two matches that both went 4-3, will give us the experience and toughness to be ready for the next close match we play. I am very pleased with the way we competed all weekend. We look forward to playing our first conference match this coming week against UCF in Orlando."
The Huskies came out and grabbed a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Sophomore Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and freshman Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) started the day by posting an impressive 6-3 win over Elizabeth Tsvetkov and Adey Osabouhein at #2 doubles. Tsvetkov and Osabouhein came into the match ranked 54th nationally as a doubles pair by the ITA.
The freshmen team of Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) earned a 7-5 win over Yana Nikolaeva and Polina Movchan to give UConn the early lead in the match.
In singles action, the top three singles matches all went to three sets. UConn's Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) made a furious rally after losing the first set 6-4 to Kristina Vozniak. Stosljevic won 6-4 and took the match in a third set tiebreaker, 7-6 (3), giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead in the match. Pletnyeva lost a hard fought three set battle with Tsvetkov, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to see the match pull even.
The Seawolves went up 3-2 after Walker lost 6-4, 7-6 (3) at #5 to Louise Badoche and then won the match after the #2 singles match ended in a third set tiebreaker. Alderman rebounded from a 7-5 loss in the first set to win 6-4 in the second and force a third set with Osabouhein. She came up short, falling 7-6 (4) in a tiebreak.
Sophomore Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kan.) closed the match by getting her second three-set win on the weekend, beating Cassandra Dix at #6, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.
The Huskies will head to Florida this coming weekend to take on American Athletic Conference opponent UCF on Friday and Bethune Cookman on Saturday.