ITHACA, N.Y. – The UConn women’s tennis team closed out their weekend at Cornell with a 5-2 win over Rutgers University Saturday afternoon. The Huskies split the weekend set, falling to the Big Red on Friday, 6-1. The Huskies are 5-3 on the season.
“Today was a signature win for our program, our first victory over Rutgers for our women’s tennis program,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team responded today after our match last night (Friday). We didn’t have much time to recover, but we found a way to fight through and win.”
“We had a slow start in doubles, but all three teams came through and gave us the momentum going into singles,” commented Marshall. The No.2 doubles team of seniors Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) set the tone with a 6-4 win over Jaci Cochrane and Maya Jacobs.
Senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and junior Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) clinched the doubles point for UConn with a 7-6 (4) with at No. 1 over Mingxiu Du and Kat Muzik. The duo is 4-0 playing together this spring. The Huskies made it a doubles sweep with a 7-6 (8) win at No. 3 by junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia) over Isabelle Da Silva and Chole Lee.
In singles, Zaki gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead in the match by winning at No. 5, 6-3 and 6-4. Rutgers evened the match up with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles but the Huskies closed it out at the top-three spots.
Pletnyeva posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Du at the No. 1 spot and Walker would clinch the match at No. 2, beating Muzik, 6-3 and 7-6 (8). Fitz-Randolph closed out the UConn victory with a three-set win over Lee Levy, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (2).
“Our seniors led the way today, with all three posting wins in doubles and singles. We had a goal to really respond in the tough moments of the match today, and we accomplished that really well.”
On Friday night, the Huskies got their lone point in the match with Cornell from the No. 4 singles spot, where Lazaro defeated Cheyenne Liliental, 6-1, 6-3.
UConn will close out February with a trip to the University of Houston next weekend, facing the Cougars and Northwestern State.
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