EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team took the court against Cornell on Sunday afternoon at the East Hartford Tennis Club but came up short, dropping a hard fought 5-2 decision to the Big Red. The Huskies dropped to 4-5 in match play this season.
“This was a very close match with Cornell today,” commented head coach Glenn Marshall. “We had a great win at #1 doubles today, but our two other teams did not play consistent enough to pull out the doubles point.”
The UConn team of senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) posted a 6-4 win at the No. 1 doubles position over Marika Cusick and Alexandra D’Ascenzo. The duo improved to 8-6 as a team and 5-3 when playing in the No. 1 slot in dual matches.
“In singles, Lizzy continued her undefeated singles record with a strong win in straight sets. Shea Flanagan also battled a tough opponent, and came out on top with a three-set victory. The other singles positions were a little bit tougher than us today, but we put in a tough fight all the way to the end.”
Pletnyeva continued her unbeaten spring campaign on Sunday, running her streak to seven-straight to start 2017. She posted a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win at No. 2 over D’Ascenzo to raise her season record to a team-best 15-3. She is 8-1 at No. 2 singles this season.
Senior Shea Flanagan won her No. 6 match with Madison Stevens in three sets, rebounding after dropping the first 6-3. She came back for a 6-2 and 10-8 win. Flanagan will carry a four-match winning streak into the next match.
The Huskies will travel down to New Haven for their only action next week when they visit Yale University on Sunday, March. 5.
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