March 10, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team traveled to the University of Houston over the weekend for a pair of dual matches with the nationally ranked No. 21 Cougars and Louisiana Tech. The Huskies fell to 0-2 in the American Athletic Conference with a 4-0 loss to Houston and came up short in a 5-2 loss to the Bulldogs.
"What a great opportunity for our team to play the #21 ranked Houston Cougars," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We had a good start to doubles play, nearly clinching the doubles point to start the match. The team of Jennifer Learmonth and Marie Gargiulo had a great win at #3 and Srna Stosljevic and Lucy Nutting almost pulled off the upset at #1 before falling 8-6."
The senior tandem of Jennifer Learmonth (Elgin, S.C.) and Marie Gargiulo (Weston, Conn.) notched their fourth-straight doubles victory and improved to 4-1 as a team with their win at #3 doubles over Rocio Maran and Charlotte Phillips, 8-7.
The Huskies gave the LA Tech Bulldogs all they could handle in match two, opening with two of three wins in doubles play to clinch the doubles point. "With LA Tech, we really played a great match all around," stated Marshall. "They were coming in on a nine-match win streak playing in the very competitive Conference-USA and we got a great start in doubles with wins in the #1 and #3 doubles positions."
Sophomore Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) and senior Lucy Nutting (Wilmington, Del) got the Huskies started with an 8-6 win at #1 over Manoela Chiacchio and Alexandra Starkova. After the Bulldogs took the #2 doubles match, Learmonth and Gargiulo delivered at #3 to clinch the point, beating Marta Sramkova and Melanie Urvoy, 8-7 (7-2).
Louisiana Tech took a 2-1 lead in singles play with wins at #5 and #6 before Stosljevic got the Huskies on the board with a 6-3 and 6-4 win over Joanna Nalbroska to knot it a 2-2. Freshman Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Nutting both lost tough three-set battles as the Bulldogs came away with five of the six singles matches.
Alderman won the first set in her match at #2 with Starkova, 6-4 before falling 6-1 and 6-2 in sets two and three. Nutting battled with Urvoy at #4 through three sets before coming up short in a tie-breaker. Nutting rebounded from a 6-4 loss in the first set to win 7-6 (5) in set two. The third set went to Urvoy, 10-6.
After alling 6-0 in the first set at #3 to Jazmin Britos, junior Maxene Weinberg (Marietta, Ga.) battled her way to a 7-5 loss in the second set.
"With the match at 3-2 Tech, both Emma Alderman and Lucy Nutting were playing in their third sets," commented Marshall. "Both matches went LA Tech's way, but not without a great fight from both players. This match really showed our team they have great potential and can play against great competition. It will make us a stronger and better team the rest of the season."
The Huskies move on to their annual spring break trip when they head to Puerto Rico for a trio of matches against Marist, Colgate and Cincinnati.