NEW ORLEANS, La. – The UConn women’s tennis team lost to the University of New Orleans Saturday afternoon, 4-1, falling to 7-9 on the season. The match was contested in clinch format.
“Unfortunately, the final score doesn't reflect how close this match really was,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “UNO is a very good team, and played tougher than us in the big moments. Dropping the doubles point was difficult, because it can be a strength of ours. All three doubles courts were competitive, but we did not play confident on game and deuce points.”
The Privateers opened the match by taking the doubles point with wins at No.1 and No.3. The Huskies team of Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) led 4-3 in the No.2 doubles match when it was halted.
“In singles, we had some extremely close sets, and we struggled with closing out some game and set opportunities. We fought all the way to the end, but they were a little better than us today.”
The Huskies quickly tied the match up at 1-1 thanks to a win by sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) at the No.5 singles spot. Lazaro beat Yasmine Rashad in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-4, earning her 11th singles win on the year. She is 11-2 on the year and 4-1 in dual match play.
New Orleans closed out the win by taking the No.1, 5 and 2 singles matches. Senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and Brittany Johnson each won a set in their No.6 match. Flanagan won the first, 6-4 and led 4-1 in the third before the match was halted.
The Huskies are back on the court in New Orleans tomorrow morning as they face Tulane in an American Athletic Conference match-up at 10 am.