ORLANDO, Fla. - The UConn women's tennis team opened their weekend road trip to Florida with a tough 4-3 loss Friday afternoon at UCF in an American Athletic Conference match-up. The Huskies fall to 4-5 overall and 0-3 in the AAC with the loss.
"All three doubles courts came out with energy and really stepped up today,"stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We had the momentum after the doubles point, but UCF came out stronger in singles. We had lost to them 6-1 last year and I really like how we have improved since then. Lizzy Pletnyeva was a double winner today in singles and doubles. Srna had a great win at number one singles in three sets."
The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a sweep in doubles play. Junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and freshman Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) opened with a 6-2 win over Cortney Cesarini and Monica Matias.
The team of junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) clinched the point with a 6-2 win at #2 over Caroline Eberhart and Emilia Granstorm.
UCF took the match with their singles play, winning four of the six match-ups. The Knights jumped out with three-straight two set wins at the #4 through #6 spots. Pletnyeva pulled UConn to within 3-2 with a 6-2, 7-6 win at #3 over Granstrom.
UCF clinched the match with a win at #2 as Eberhart defeated Alderman, 7-5, 7-5. At #1, senior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Saad, Serbia) won a three-set match-up with Sofia Baptista, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
The Huskies will close out their road trip on Saturday facing Florida Tech.