BOCA RATON, Fla. - The UConn women's tennis team put an end to a six-match losing streak on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a 6-1 win over Northern Illinois down in Boca Raton, Fla. The Huskies improved to 5-8 in dual match play and will close their three-match spring break trip on Thursday.
"This was a very good win today for our team," commented head coach Glenn Marshall. "We have been playing well the last few weeks, but coming up just a little short in the last couple of matches. Today we played well in all positions, and it was a total team effort for the win. I am very pleased with the effort and focus we showed today, because playing in the outside elements with extreme heat, is very challenging."
The Huskies opened by winning the doubles point thanks to victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, back-to-back. At No. 2, sophomores Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) posted a Meghan Montgomerie and Brodie Walker, 6-3. The duo improved to 14-7 on the season and 7-5 in dual matches.
At No. 3, the senior-sophomore tandem of Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) won their second-straight match on the trip, beating Pauline Chawafambira and Abigail Dekkinga, 6-2. It was Lazaro's 10th doubles victory on the season.
Fitz-Randolph, Lazaro and Flanagan were all double winners on the day, picking up singles victories as well. Fitz-Randolph picked-up a 6-4, 6-1 win over Chawafambira at No.3, her 10th singles win this season. Lazaro improved to 10-1 on the year in singles play thanks to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Montgomerie at No. 5.
Flanagan ran her record to 5-1 when playing at No. 6 and 9-6 overall with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Evelyn Youel. Junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) earned a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Dekkinga. Classmate Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) got back in the win column with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2 over Walker. Pletnyeva raised her team-best singles record to 16-6 on the year.
The Huskies will close out their trip on Thursday afternoon when they take on George Washington University.