BOCA RATON, Fla. – The UConn women’s tennis team closed out their spring break trip to Florida on Thursday with a 4-3 win over George Washington. The Huskies finished the week 2-1 and improved to 6-8 overall on the season.
“This was a great win for our team today,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “GW is a very strong team, and we really came to play today. Each match we have played on this trip, we have gotten better and stronger.”
The Huskies set the tone early by taking the doubles point with the team of Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) clinching it with a win at No. 2. The opening point came down to the No.2 match after UConn and GW split the No.1 and No.3 spots.
Senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) posted a 6-2 win over Victoria Kogan and Allison Hansen at No. 3. Fitz-Randolph and Perrotta clinched the 1-0 start thanks to a 6-4 win over Maria-Louis Decamps and Taylor Nederlander.
In singles, the Huskies went up 3-2 thanks to wins by junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and Fitz-Randolph. Pletnyeva won her 17th match of the season with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No.2 over Melis Bayraktaroglu. Ftiz-Randolph evened her singles record at 11-11 with a win at No.3, beating Decamps, 6-1 and 6-3.
UConn clinched the win at No. 4 where junior Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) delivered the clinching point thanks to a three-set win over Nederlander. Zaki won the first, 6-1, dropped the second 6-4 but rebound to win 6-3 in the third set.
“We came out with intensity in doubles, and getting that point was huge for us. Lizzy and Fitz were on fire in singles. They had confidence and focus that was great to see. Zaina was the pivotal match today. With the team score at 3-2, she stepped up huge, and clinched the match for us with her thrilling 3 set victory. Overall, a very successful spring training trip for us. I'm really proud of how the team worked all week.”
The Huskies will return home and are back on the court on March 28th hosting Fairfield at the East Hartford Tennis Club.