AMBLER, Pa. - The UConn women's tennis team picked-up their first American Athletic Conference win of the season on Saturday, taking four of the six singles matches to beat Temple 4-3. The win improves the Huskies to 12-7 overall and 1-2 in the AAC.
"This was an amazing win today," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We started off a little slow in doubles, but came out very focused in singles. Every singles player played with focus and determination, and it showed in the pivotal stages on each court."
The Owls grabbed a 1-0 lead in the match by sweeping all three doubles contests. The Huskies rebounded in singles play and won four of the six matches. UConn opened singles play evening the match as freshman Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) won at #3, 6-1 and 6-2, over Dina Karina. Pletnyeva has been on a roll, picking up her fifth-straight singles victory while running her record to 7-3 in her last 10 matches. After a Temple win at #2, UConn freshman Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) pulled the match even with a 6-0, 6-4 win at #4 over Anais Nussaume, her fourthp-straight victory and giving her 19 singles victores this season.
The Huskies fell behind 3-2 after junior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) lost a tough three-set battle at #1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to Alina Abdurakhimova. The match would come down to the #5 and #6 spots. "We were only playing on three indoor courts, so the match had a very different feel to it. Down 3-2 in the team match score, Zaina and Shea were the last players out there. With the Temple men's and women's team cheering loudly, both players rose to the occasion."
Freshman Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) won a three-set battle with Minami Okajima at #5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to even the match. Sophomore Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) closed out the win at #6, beating Mariana Bedon in straight-sets, 6-4 and 6-4. Flanagan ran her record to 19-8 on the season.
"Zaina played one of her best matches of the year, and beat a very good player in three close sets," stated Marshall. "Tied at 3-3 in the match, that left Shea as the determining match. After winning the first close set, she got down 0-4 in the second but rebounded andrattled off six straight games to win the second set, and clinch the victory for the team.
"An amazing finish to the most exciting match of the year. I couldn't be more proud of the teams effort today."
The Huskies close out the weekend with a match on Sunday at Villanova.