MANCHESTER, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team got back on the court on Tuesday afternoon and posted a 7-0 win over instate rival Fairfield at the Manchester Racquet Club. The Huskies improved to 7-8 overall on the season and are now 2-1 against their instate rivals.
“I am very pleased with our play today against Fairfield,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “It had been 12 days since our last match, and we didn't show any signs of rust today. Our doubles was focused and energized, which was our main goal today.”
The Huskies opened their sweep with three-straight doubles wins, starting at No.3 with senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) posting a 6-2 win over Diana Prinos and Shelby Vertula, their fourth-straight victory as a team.
At No.1, senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) won 6-1 over Nicola Aragones and Sarah Stuhlmann, evening their season-record at 10-10. The sophomore tandem of Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) continued their winning ways, posting their third-straight win with a 6-3 victory over Emily Lombardi and Karen McKeough. The duo ran their record to a team-best 16-7 on the season.
On the singles courts, the Huskies continued to roll, winning all six matches while not dropping a single set. Flanagan and junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) both earned wins to become the fourth and fifth player on the roster to pick-up double digit wins this season. Walker won at No.5 over Vertula, 6-1 and 6-2 while Flanagan won at No.6, 6-1 and 6-1 over Lombardi.
Pletnyeva won her match at No.2 over Aragones, her third-straight win to run her season record to 18-6 on the year. At No.3, Fitz-Randolph won her third-straight match as well, beating Prinos, 6-1 and 6-1. She went over the .500 mark on the season with a 12-11 overall record.
Closing out the singles sweep, at No.1, Alderman won 6-2, 6-1 over Stuhlmann while junior Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) posted a 6-1, 6-4 win at No.4 over Jessica Pil.
“In singles, everyone started quickly, and played to their personal strengths very well. I am looking forward to our matches this weekend in New Orleans.”
The Huskies will head to the ‘Big Easy’ this weekend for a pair of matches against New Orleans on Saturday and American Athletic Conference foe Tulane on Sunday.