MANCHESTER, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team closed out the regular season on Sunday afternoon hosting the Cincinnati Bearcats in an American Athletic Conference match-up from the Magic Lincer Tennis Academy. The final match of the season came down to the final singles match where the Bearcats pulled out a three set win to come away with a 4-3 win.
“This was a very good Cincinnati team today,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We always have close battles with them, and today was no different. We came out strong again in doubles today, and had great performances from our top two teams.”
The Huskies clinched the doubles point with wins at the top-two spots. Seniors Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) opened with a 6-2 win over Emma Miceli and Ali Miller at No. 2, their eighth win together this season.
Senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and junior Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) improved to 10-0 this spring together, clinching the point with a 6-3 win over Ioana Guna and Caroline Morton.
“We felt good heading into singles play, and Lizzy came out really focused in a two set win. Cassie also had a nice rebound from Friday, with a convincing win today at number 6. Our other singles matches were all very competitive, but we just couldn’t close out a few opportunities.”
Pletnyeva gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead in the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1 over Guna. She finishes the regular season with a 25-9 singles record, 15-5 in dual matches. Sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia) was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 6 over Amanda Huser, her 13th win on the year to give UConn a 3-0 lead in the match.
After wins at No. 2, 4 and 5, Cincinnati evened the match leaving it up to Walker and Antonella Bramato to decide the match at No. 3. After dropping the first set 6-4, Walker battled to a 7-6 (5) win in the second set to take it to the third. Bramato proved too much, putting the match away with a 6-0 win.
“The team fought hard on every court, and their effort was never in question,” stated Marshall. “We are all looking forward to our first round match in the conference tourney at SMU on Wednesday.”
The Huskies will await the release of the draw for the AAC Championship Tournament to find out their upcoming opponent in Dallas, Texas starting on Wednesday, April 18.
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