NEW ORLEANS, La. – The UConn women’s tennis team closed out a weekend in New Orleans on Sunday, dropping a 5-2 decision to No. 43 ranked Tulane in an American Athletic Conference match-up. The Huskies dropped to 7-10 overall and 0-3 in the AAC.
“Today's match was a very good effort against the #43 ranked team in the country,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We really battled them all the way to the end. After dropping the doubles point, we stormed back in singles, winning four out of the six first sets. Lizzy and Shea played awesome and earned straight set victories.”
Tulane took the doubles point by winning at No.3 and No.1 but the Huskies battled back in singles play. A win at No.4 put the Green Wave up 2-0 but the Huskies posted wins at No.1 and No.6 to tie the match. Senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) won her bout with Sofia Kurtz at No.6, 6-2 and 6-4, her 11th singles win on the year.
At the top-spot, junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) grabbed her 19th win of the year by beating Kyla Kiler, 6-2 and 6-1.
A pair of Huskies lost tough three-set battles. Senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) won 6-2 in the first set against Sade Atkinson at No.2 but fell 6-1 and 6-3. Sophomore Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) won 7-5 in the first set in her No.3 match with Ivone Alvaro but fell 6-4 and 6-4 in the match.
“With the match score 3-2 for Tulane, Emma and Fitz were starting their third sets. Both fought so tough, and their opponents just won a couple more big points than us in the end. I'm very proud of our effort and fight today. It shows how close we are with a nationally ranked team like Tulane.”
The Huskies will return home and play host to Hofstra on Wednesday, April 5 on the UConn Tennis Courts.