GREENVILLE, N.C. - The UConn women's tennis team closed out their regular season on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Cincinnati in an American Athletic Association match-up at the River Birch Tennis Center at East Carolina. The Huskies finish their regular season with a 10-9 overall record and a 1-4 AAC mark.
"We had a nice bounce back win today over Cincy," commented head coach Glenn Marshall. "Shea (Flanagan) and Jacque (Lazaro) had a great win at three doubles, but we lost close matches at one and two to lose the doubles point."
"In singles, we came out with focus and determination, winning the first set on five of the six courts. We had to sit out Emma (Alderman) in singles due to an ankle sprain, and Summer (Walker) stepped up to the plate at number six singles. Srna (Stosljevic) started unbelievable in singles and never looked back, winning in two easy sets. Lizzy (Pletnyerva) and Zaina (Zaki) were both on their game, winning in straight sets. Very happy with the result, it was a very good win for us."
The Huskies struck first in doubles as Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) posted 6-2 win over Natalia Abdalia and Samantha Perry at No. 3. The duo improved to 8-3 on the season and are 5-0 against teams from the AAC in doubles action. The Bearcats bounced back and rallie for wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to take the point.
UConn left no doubt on the singles court, as senior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Saad, Serbia) and sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnista, Ukraine) led the way. Stosljevic won her 20th singles match of the season, marking the third-straight year she has hit 20 or more victories playing at the No. 1 spots. Stosljevic posted a 6-2 and 6-1 win over Lauren Bellinger and is now 20-13 overall this season.
Pletnyeva will enter the post season playing her best tennis of the season after posting her sixth-straight victory on Sunday. She took on Antonella Bramato at No. 2 and posted a 6-3, 7-5 victory, her 25th this season. She is 9-1 over her last 10 matches.
A pair of sophomores in Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) and Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) close it out for the Huskies. Zaki won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 beating Harly Hutchison and Walker clinched the match at No. 6 win a three-set win over Abdalla, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Walker has ended the year winning her last four-straight and picked up her 10th win on the season.
The Huskies move on to the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship in Memphis, Tenn. starting on Wednesday, April 20th. Match-ups will be announced late on Monday.
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