EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team closed out what was a four-match homestand on Wednesday afternoon falling to the No. 73 ranked Michigan State Spartans, 5-2, at the East Hartford Tennis Club. The Huskies fell to 7-6 on the season with the loss while the Spartans moved to 11-2 on the year.
"This was an extremely close match with a very tough Big 10 opponent," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "The doubles was close on all courts, and we just came up a bit short at the end on courts 2 and 3. Singles matches were tight on every court, with Srna Stosljevic and Shea Flanagan rising up to great straight set victories."
MSU took a 1-0 lead in the match with matching 6-4 wins at #2 and #3 doubles to take the opening point. Catherine Parenteau and Allie Baer stopped UConn's Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) at #2 while Lexi Baylis and Emily Myers defeated the freshmen team of Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) at #3.
The Spartans went up 2-0 with the first win in singles play coming at #4 with Parenteau topping Zaki, 6-2 and 6-3. The Huskies pulled the match even at 2-2 as sophomore Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and junior Srna Stoljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) posted wins at #6 and #1, respectively. Flanagan won in straight-sets over Myers, 6-3 and 6-4, while Stosljevic battled her way to a straight-set win over Erin Faulkner in the top-spot, 7-6 (9) and 7-6 (7).
The duo are now both a team-best 6-4 over their last 10 singles matches with wins on Wednesday. Stosljevic notched her team-leading 17th victory and improved to 17-7 on the season. Flanagan picked-up her 15th win of the season, improving to 15-7 in singles action.
Michigan State closed out the match with three-straight wins starting at #5 as Athena Trouillot beat Walker 7-6 (2) and 7-5. The Huskies came-up short in a pair of three-set battles at #2 and #3. Pletnyeva won her first set with Aslina Chua, 6-3, but couldn't close it out losing 7-5 and 6-1. Alderman rebounded from a 6-3 loss in set one to Lexi Baylis to win 7-6 (2) in the second. Baylis outlasted the UConn sophomore 7-5 in the third.
The Huskies will head to Southern California for three matches on Spring Break next week. UConn will face Amherst, Point Loma Nazarene and Azusa Pacific on the trip.