EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team saw their five-match winning streak come to an end on Thursday afternoon, falling to Boston University 4-3 at the East Hartford Tennis Club. The Huskies fall to 12-8 with the loss with two matches next weekend to close out the regular season.
"This was a heartbreaking loss for the team today," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "Anytime you lose a 4-3 match, it really stings. BU was tough today. We played some of the best doubles of the year and that was on every court. The team is starting to get comfortable in several areas of doubles that we have been working on and it is paying dividends."
"Zaina Zaki and She Flanagan continued to play great for us today. We lost to BU 7-0 last year, so we are making great strides with our team and I know we will learn from today's loss and be stronger in next weekend's matches."
The Huskies opened the match with an impressive doubles performance to grab the point and the lead heading into singles play. Sophomore Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and freshman Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) got things started with a 6-1 win over Madison Craft and Lauren Davis at #2.
The freshmen tandem of Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnista, Ukraine) and Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) continued their impressive doubles play this spring, improving to 10-4 on the year and 8-2 in their last 10 matches with a convincing win at #3. The duo blanked Kim McCallum and Iryna Kostirki, 6-0 to give the Huskies the opening point.
The Terriers got their singles comeback started with a win at #2 as Davis knocked off UConn's Alderman 6-2 and 6-2 to even the match. BU would go on to grab singles wins at the top-four spots, including a pair of three set victories.
Zaki put the Huskies back in front, 2-1, with a 6-0 and 6-4 victory at #5 over Iris Lin, marking her fifth-straight singles victory. BU's Barbara Rodriguez even the match at 2-2 with a 6-3 and 6-1 win over Walker at #4 before sophomore Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) put UConn back in front ending her #6 match with McCallum next, 6-2 and 6-4. For Flanagan, it was her team-leading 21st singles victory on the year and her sixth-straight win.
The match would come down to a pair of three-set battles at #1 and #3. BU even the match at 3-3 with Johanna Hyoty beating junior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia). The pair split the first two sets, Hyoty winning 6-3 in the first, Stosljevic taking the second 6-2. Hyoty closed it out in the third with a 6-3 win. At #3, BU's Kostirko rebounded from dropping the first set to Pletnyeva 6-4 to win 6-4 and 6-3 and give the Terriers the match.
UConn will host a pair of American Athletic Conference matches next weekend in their final tune-up before the conference championship. The Huskies will host East Carolina on Friday, April 10th and Cincinnati on Sunday, April 12th.
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