PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The UConn women’s tennis team opened a weekend stay in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, losing a tough fought 4-3 battle with Drexel University. The Huskies will play their first American Athletic Conference match tomorrow night when they visit Temple.
"This was a really close match with Drexel today," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "They have a very strong team, and we battled them all the way to the end. Unfortunately, we had a slow start in doubles, and weren't able to recover in time. In singles, Emma, Lizzy and Shea had great days and earned well fought victories. I'm looking forward to bouncing back with a win against Temple tomorrow afternoon."
The Huskies dropped to 4-3 in dual matches this season with the loss. The Dragons ran their win streak to four-straight and improved to 7-1. UConn and Drexel split the six singles matches but the Dragons opened the day by winning the crucial doubles point to push them to the win.
Sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnista, Ukraine) continued her blazing start to the spring, winning her fifth-straight singles match. Pletnyeva improved to 5-1 playing at No. 2 singles by beating Kendra Bunch in three-sets. After falling 7-5 in the first, she rallied for a 6-2 and 7-6 (4) win to improve to 13-3 on the season.
Senior co-captains Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) were the Huskies’ other singles winners on Friday. Alderman battled her way to a three-set victory over Honami Yazawa at No. 1. Alderman took the first and third sets by matching 6-3 scores and improved to 8-6 on the season.
Flanagan earned a 6-2 and 6-4 win at No. 6 over Anisiya Simpson. Junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) lost a tough three-set match at No. 4 to Lea Winkler, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-2.
The Huskies will take on the Temple Owls Saturday night at 6:00 pm.