CINCINNATI, Ohio - The UConn women's tennis team is on the road at Cincinnati for the final weekend of play before next weeks American Athletic Conference Championship tournament. The Huskies took on the Bearcats on Friday, coming up short in a 4-2 loss. The Huskies see their three-match win streak end as they fall to 10-11 and 0-4 in the AAC on the year.
"This was a tough loss today," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We came out strong in doubles and played really well to clinch the point. I thought the momentum would carry us into singles but we dropped five of the first six singles sets. Lizzy and Laz both battle back to win their second sets and force third sets. Shea hung tough after dropping the second set to earn the victory at number six."
The Huskies took the opening point thanks to wins at No.2 and No.3 doubles. The sophomore tandem of Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) continued to roll with their 20th win this season, beating Harley Hutchison and Anna Philp, 6-4. The duo have won seven-straight together and are 20-7 on the year.
At No.3, senior Shea Flanagan (Overalnd Park, Kans.) and sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) clinched the point with their fourth-straight win, a 6-4 decision over Antonella Bramato and Caroline Morton. They are 11-5 at No.3 doubles this season.
The Bearcats bounced back on the singles courts, winning three-straight to pull ahead 3-1 in the match. Flanagan put UConn back on the board with a three-set win at No.6 over Hutchison. Flanagan won the first set 6-0, but dropped the second 6-2. She answered in the third with a 6-4 win to take the match, sixth-straight win and 15th on the season.
Cincinnati closed out the match with a three-set win at No.2 to clinch it. Kelly Poggensee-Wei beat junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
"Overall they were a little tougher than us during the close points of the singles matches. We need to quickly put this close loss behind us and get ready for our match with ECU tomorrow."
The Huskies will face the Pirates tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm.