WEST POINT, N.Y. – The UConn women’s tennis team opened their weekend in West Point by picking-up a 5-2 win over Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 4-2 in dual matches this season and will take on Army on Sunday afternoon.
“This was a hard fought battle today, against a very good team,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We came out with enthusiasm in the doubles, and clinched the point with wins at number 1 and 3. In singles, we knew we were in for a fight, since Stony Brook has very good singles players.”
The Huskies set the tone with impressive 6-1 wins in doubles at both No. 1 and No. 3. In the top spot, the senior-junior duo of Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) took down Nadia Smergut and Yana Nikolaeva.
At No. 3, senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) clinched the point with a win over Elizabeth Tsvetkov and Anne-Kathrin Hierl. Both Flanagan and Lazaro were double winners on Saturday, picking up singles victories as well.
Flanagan won at No. 5 over Ana Rodriguez in three sets, rebounding from a 7-5 loss in the first set to win 6-3 and 6-4. Flanagan’s win clinched the match for the Huskies. Lazaro won her No. 6 singles match with Devanshi Bhimjiyani in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
Pletnyeva was also a double winner for UConn, winning at No. 2 singles, 7-5 and 6-4, over Smergut. It was Pletnyeva’s fourth-straight singles win and raised her record to 12-3. Sophomore Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) was the other winner for UConn, posting a 6-4, 6-4 win over Nikolaeva at No. 3.
“Lizzy and Fitz got off to good starts, and each won in straight sets. After that, Zaina lost a close match, with a good comeback in her second set. We had three matches left, with all going into a third set. Emma fought hard and came up a little short, but Shea and Laz both finished with strong victories to clinch the win.”