MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The UConn women’s tennis team saw their season come to an end on Wednesday with a 4-1 loss to Tulane in the opening round of the 2016 American Athletic Conference Tennis Championships at Memphis University School. The Huskies end their season with a 10-10 overall record.
Wednesday’s matches were moved to the indoor courts due to the weather. The Green Wave opened the match winning the doubles point and won three of four singles matches at the No. 1 through No. 4 spots to take the match and move on to face the top-seed, Tulsa tomorrow afternoon.
“This was a really close match today,” commented head coach Glenn Marshall. “We lost the doubles point, but came out swinging in singles. I couldn't be more proud of how hard my team fights in every match, because we never lose because of effort, heart, and fight. With only Srna graduating this year, the future for us looks very bright.”
The UConn doubles team of Srna Stosljevic (Novi Saad, Serbia) and freshman Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) lost a 6-2 decision at #1. The Green Wave sealed the opening point at #3 as Jacqui Katz and Kyla Klier defeated junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.), 6-2.
The Huskies battled in singles play, playing three-set matches in two of the four contests. Stosljevic lost her No. 1 singles battle with Ipek Birol, falling in the first set 6-1, rebounding for a 7-6 (7-1) second set win before falling in the third, 6-1.
“Srna fought so hard, but ended up falling in three tough sets,” stated Marshall. “While her career may be over, she should take great pride in all that she accomplished in our program. She was a true leader on and off the court.”
UConn sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnista, Ukraine) got a win at No. 3 and scored the Huskies only point on the day. Pletnyeva went three-sets with Klier, dropping the first 6-3 before answering with a 6-2, 6-3 win. She ends her season on a seven-match winning streak and an overall singles record of 26-7.
Tulane clinched the match at No. 2 where Naz Karagoz defeated Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) in a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 battle.
“Emma played very well, but lost in two very close sets while Lizzy continued her great season with a thrilling three set victory. Jackie played a tough competitor, losing in two close sets, but battled all the way to the end.”