STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team returned home from their annual spring break trip finish with a pair of wins as they enter the final stretch of the season heading into the American Athletic Conference Championship in April. The Huskies went 2-1 on their trip to Southern California, picking up wins over Azusa Pacific and Point Loma.
The Huskies opened their trip by dropping a 4-3 decision to Amherst but rebounded with a 9-0 victory over Point Loma and a 5-0 win over Azusa Pacific to round out the week. "This was a tough loss against Amherst, as they are consistently ranked on the top teams in Division III" stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "Our singles play was not consistent enough, losing 4 out of the 6 singles matches. This was a real wake up call for our players, that their effort needs to be more focused every time we step on the court."
"Our teams rebounded nicely over the next two matches, beating two very good teams in Point Loma and Azusa Pacific. The team was focused and energized for those matches, which I was pleased to see. I hope our training over this trip will get us prepared for the final 7 matches of the regular season."
The UConn duo of junior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) and freshman Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) both finishedunbeatenin both singles and double play on the week. In the loss to Amherst, the Huskies swept all three doubles matches to open with a 1-0 lead but dropped four of six in singles play to drop the match. Stosljevic and Pletnyeva posted the only singles victories for the Huskies against Amherst. Stosljevic beat Vickie Ip, 6-2 and 6-2 at the #1 position while Pletnyeva won at #3, 6-2 and 6-3 over Simone Aisiks.
Stosljevic finsihed her week 2-0 in singles action, adding a 7-5 and 7-6 win over Point Loma's Nikki Newell at #1 to give her three-straight wins in singles play. She improved to a team-best 19-7 on the year and 11-4 playing at #1. Srna and senior Maxene Weinberg (Marietta, Ga.) went 3-0 in doubles on the week and have now won four-straight when playing together. The duo posted an 8-7 win over Amherst's Sue Ghosh and Ip, an 8-2 win over Point Loma's Hillary Ramage and Newell and an 8-5 win over Valeriia Kashina and Natalie Johnson of Azusa Pacific all at the #1 doubles position.
Pletnyeva, who joined the team in January, improved her singles record to 8-5 this spring and has won three-straight. After her win against Amherst, she posted a 6-1 and 6-3 win over Jackie Resler of Azusa Pacific and a 6-0 and 6-1 win over Kirsty Mountain of Point Loma. All three wins on the week came playing at #3. In doubles play, she improved to 9-4 this spring. She teamed with classmate Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) for three wins on the week starting with an 8-1 victory over Bethany Duval and Danae Ingwaldson of Amherst. The duo went on to win 8-1 over Point Loma's Jen Weissmann and Mountain and 8-5 over Azusa Pacific's Sarah Monteagudo and Rebecca Pol
Walker along with sophomores Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) all picked up their 17th singles wins on the season thanks to posting 2-1 records on the week. Walker earned a 6-3 and 7-5 win over Danae Ingwaldson of Azusa Pacific and a 6-1 and 6-1 win over Point Loma's Jen Weissman.
Alderman defeated the #33 ranked Division II singles play in Kasina of Azusa Pacific, 7-6 (8-6) and 6-2 and earned a 6-4 and 6-2 win over Regina von Koch of Point Loma, both at #2 singles. At #6, Flanagan earned a 6-2 and 6-0 win over Sierra Troxel of Azusa Pacific and a 6-0, 6-0 win over Justine Phillips of Point Loma.
The Huskies will play three matches this week starting on Thursday against in-state rival Fairfield at the East Hartford Tennis Club. UConn will travel to Philadelphia to face Temple and Villanova this weekend.