LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UConn women's tennis team opened up their spring break trip to California on Wednesday with a 7-0 sweep over Colorado State in a match played at Long Beach State University. The Huskies raised their record to 6-5 on the season and are set to play two more matches on the trip.
"It was nice to get a solid win versus a competitive team like Colorado State," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We hadn’t played a match since March 5th, so the team was really anxious and ready to compete today."
"Srna (Stosljevic) had a challenging first set at number one singles but came back strong in the second set and cruised in the final 10-point tiebreaker. Emma (Alderman), Lizzy (Pletnyeva) and Jackie (Fitz-Randolph) all had very solid straight set victories. We are really looking forward to our match with Cal State Northridge on Thursday."
The Huskies opened their sweep by taking the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2. The team of junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) opened with a 6-3 win over Emily Kolbow and Celine Voss. At #1, Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) and freshman Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) closed out the point with a 6-3 win over Madison Porter and Aina Hernadez Soler.
In singles, UConn took a 2-0 lead in the match because the #6 singles spot was uncontested for Colorado State. Sophomore Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) got things rolling with a 6-0, 6-4 win at #5 over Celine Voss.
Alderman won her #2 match with Maddie Buxton, 6-2 and 6-2 followed by Pletnyeva at #3 who won 6-3, 6-3 over Hernadez Soler. Fitz-Randolph won at #4 over Porter, 6-3 and 6-3 and Stosljevic closed out the sweep with a three-set win at #1. After falling 7-5 in the first set, she stormed back to win 6-2 and 10-5.
The Huskies will play on Thursday at Cal State Northridge and then close out their west coast trip on Friday against Long Beach.