STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team got back into the win column on Tuesday thanks to a 6-1 win over Hofstra University in their first dual match of the spring season on their home courts on the Storrs campus. The Huskies raised their record to 8-10 on the season with the win.
“This was a nice win over a good Hofstra team,” commented head coach Glenn Marshall. “We came out a little slow in #2 and #3 doubles, but both teams picked things up and finished with strong victories. Lizzy and Emma played solid doubles throughout, and we were able to sweep the doubles matches.”
The Huskies took all three doubles matches to set the tone for the day. The No.1 team of senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) won a 6-2 decision over Sarah Catherine Herndon and Jasmine King, their 11th win together on the year.
At No.2, the sophomore tandem of Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) continued their winning ways, posting their fourth-straight victory with a 6-3 win over Giulia Leone and Carmen Pestano. The duo is 17-7 overall this season, 10-5 in dual match play. Senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) finished the doubles sweep with a 6-3 win at No.3.
“In singles, Lizzy, Shea, and Summer came out on fire and won in straight sets. Emma and Fitz both hung tough in close matches, and each were able to seal the win. It was good to finally play an outside home match, and the team responded with a good effort.”
Pletnyeva, playing her third match at No.1, posted her 20th singles win on the year with a 6-3, 6-1 win over King. She is now 20-7 on the year, 13-5 in dual matches. At No.2, Alderman got her 10th win on the year, beating Michal Kaplan in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.
At No.3, Fitz-Randolph won a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Herndon, improving to 13-12 on the season. Junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Leone at No.5, to even her season record at 11-11. And at No.6, Flanagan beat Disha Yellayi 6-1 and 6-2, her third-straight win as she moves to 12-7 on the season.
The Huskies are back on the court Thursday night, hosting Holy Cross at the Manchester Raquet Club.