HOUSTON, TEXAS – The UConn women’s tennis team finished their road trip to Houston on Saturday with a tough 4-3 loss to Northwestern State. The Huskies see their dual match record evened at 5-5 on the year.
“This was a heartbreaking loss today,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We played tougher than yesterday, but couldn’t quite clinch when we had the opportunities. We had the doubles point in our hands, but we just couldn’t close it out. Hopefully we can learn from this, and step up and play better at the big moments.”
In doubles, the senior duo of Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) got things started with a 6-2 win over Judit Castillo and Elizaveta Gerasimova at No. 2. The Lady Demons would bounce back and win at No. 1 before clinching the opening point thanks to a 7-5 win at No. 3 over junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) and freshman Elizabeth Kozyi (Boca Raton, Fla.).
The Huskies rebounded in singles play and knotted the match at 3-3, with the win coming down to a three-set battle at the No. 6 spot.
With the Lady Demons up 3-0, UConn’s Lazaro and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia) answered the bell and won at No. 4 and No. 5. Lazaro notched her second singles win on the weekend, using three sets to get by Gerasimova, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1. It was her 19th singles win on the season.
Chung also went three sets for her win, beating Castillo 3-6, 6-2 and 6-2. The Huskies made it three-straight wins thanks to senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) who tied the match with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win at No. 1 over Polina Ivanova. Pletnyeva won her third-straight and grabbed her 18th win of the season.
The match was decided at No. 6 where Kozyi came up short, falling to Kateryna Avram, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
“Lizzy, Cassie, and Jacque all had nice three set wins today in singles while Summer and Zaina played a very nice doubles match today, and beat a good team,” commented the head coach. “I am counting on these tough match experiences, to help us get stronger both mentally and physically.”
The Huskies end their month long road trip and return home for a pair of American Athletic Conference matches next weekend with Temple and Tulane.
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