HOUSTON, TEXAS - The UConn women's tennis team played the first of six dual matches this spring against American Athletic Conference competition Friday afternoon facing the Houston Cougars. The Huskies came up short, falling 5-2 to the Cougars to fall to 5-4 on the season.
"This was a good conference match today, but Houston was a little better prepared than us today," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "They were accustomed to outdoor tennis with the wind, sun, and speed of the courts. It really was evident during the doubles, as we never really got comfortable in the matches. Either way, they are a very good team, and we need to be ready for all types of circumstances."
The Huskies dropped the doubles point, falling at the top two spots. In singles play, UConn earned wins at No. 1 and No. 4. Senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) battled her way to a 7-6 (3) and 7-6 (4) win over Tsveta Dimitrova, her 17th win on the year as she improves to 7-2 at No. 1.
Junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) battled back from dropping the first set of her No. 4 match with Alison Mills, 6-4, to win 6-1 and 10-5. It was Lazaro's team leading 18th win on the year as she improves to 18-5.
"Jacque Lazaro and Lizzy Pletnyeva had very strong singles victories, which was a huge highlight of our day. We are looking forward to playing Northwestern State tomorrow now that we have had some outdoor preparation."
The Huskies close out their trip to Houston on Saturday afternoon when they face Northwestern State at 11:00 am CT.
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