STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team wrapped up their regular season with a 4-1 win over American Athletic Conference foe Cincinnati on Senior Day Sunday afternoon from the UConn Tennis Courts on campus. The Huskies will head into this weeks American Championship Tournament boasting a 14-8 overall record and a 3-2 mark this season against AAC teams.
"Awesome win on senior day for our program," said head coach Glenn Marshall. "The team has just been playing so well recently, I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Our confidence is really at an all time high, and it shows in our play."
"Cincinnati is a very strong program, and we had to play tough in singles and doubles to beat them today," commented Marshall. "We had lost to Cincinnati twice last year, so this was great win for us. This win was dedicated to our two seniors, Natalie Robson and Maxie Weinberg. It is a great feeling to win your last match of the season on senior day, and I'm glad we were able to send them off in style."
UConn opened by grabbing the doubles point as it came down to the third and deciding match. Cincinnati posted a 6-2 win at #3 with Natalia Abdalla and Hannah Wille beating Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine). The Huskies bounced back at #1 as senior Maxene Weinberg (Marietta, Ga.) and junior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) posted a 6-3 win over Lauren Bellinger and Kelly Poggensee-Wei.
The match came down to the #2 contest as sophomore Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and freshman Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) battled to a 7-5 win over Katya Bure and Ali Miller.
The Huskies got wins from their top-three singles players to clinch the match, 4-1. Pletnyeva opened with a 6-1 and 6-4 win over Miller at #3, improving to 8-2 over her last 10 matches and ending her spring with a 13-6 record. After the Bearcats cut the lead to 2-1 with a win at #5 singles, UConn closed it out as Alderman and Stosljevic scored victories in the top-two spots.
Alderman finished 6-1 and 6-0 over Bure, winning her second on the weekend and notching her 21st singles win. Stosljevic won a three-set battle over Poggensee-Wei, bouncing back after dropping the first set 6-3. Stosljevic stormed back for a 6-4 and 6-0 win to pick-up her team-leading 23rd win of the season.
The Huskies will head into the championship tournament having won seven of their last eight matches. The pairings for the American Championship will be announced on Monday. The tournament gets underway on Wednesday at the University of Tulsa.