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Huskies Win Four Titles at Quinnipiac Invite

Sept. 17, 2017


HAMDEN, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team opened the fall season over the weekend at the Quinnipiac Invitational.  The Huskies turned in a strong opening performance, claiming three singles titles and a doubles title while posting a 21-4 record in singles play.

“This was a great season opening tournament for the team,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall.  “Summer Walker and Jacque Lazaro led the way with two titles each.  They paired up as a doubles team to win the B flight, and each won their respective singles flights.  Lizzy Pletnyeva won the A flight singles bracket, with a thrilling three set victory.”

Senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) rang up four-straight wins on the way to claiming the A Flight singles title.  She beat Diana Prinos of Fairfield, 6-0 and 6-3 to open her tournament and advanced to the semifinal with a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over Rhode Island’s Rachel Smilansky.  Pletnyeva beat Army’s Melanie Allen, 6-4 and 6-1, to get to the finals and won the title with a three-set win.  She beat URI’s Mihaela Codreanu, 7-5 in the first set but dropped the second, 6-0.  She rebounded to win the tie-break third, 10-4.

Senior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and newcomer, sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia) both won three-matches to advance to the finals of the B Flight to share the title.  Walker won two titles on the weekend, also taking home the B Doubles Flight. 

Walker won her opening match with Amy Zammarieh of host Quinnipiac, 6-2 and 6-3.  She then beat Emily Lombardi of Fairfield, 6-2, 6-1, and earned her spot in the finals with a three-set comeback win over Estelle Wong of Fordham, falling 6-4 in the first only to answer with a 6-3, 10-3 victory.



Chung, playing in her first match for the Huskies, started her tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sacred Heart’s Kiera Tobia.  She followed that with a 6-0, 6-3 win over QU’s Layla Rodriguez.  Chung got to the finals with a three-set win as well, beating Ana Joyner of Army.  Chung dropped the first set 6-4, but answered with a 6-1 and 10-4 win to advance.

Junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) also claimed a pair of titles on the weekend, picking up the C Flight title and won the doubles title with Walker.  In singles play, Lazaro won four-straight starting with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Providence’s Sera Satkowski.  She got to the semi’s with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Fordam’s Alexis Zobeideh and advanced to the final by beating QU’s Scarlett Blydenburgh, 6-2 and 7-5.  Lazaro won the title thanks to an impressive 6-1, 6-0 win over Fordham’s Gianna Insogna.

In the B Doubles Flight, Lazaro and Walker won four matches to take the title.  The duo opened by beating Quinnipiac’s Nash and Zammarieh, 6-3.  They posted a 6-2 win over Sacred Heart’s Crivei and Santariso and advanced to the finals with a 6-3 win over URI’s Haber and Legler.  The finished off their title run with a 6-1 win over Boubel and Inchauste of Army in the finals.

In the D Singles Flight, junior Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) made a run to the finals but was forced to retire in the title match.  Perrotta picked up wins over Arianna Spirtos of Army, 6-1, 6-3, Emily Collins of Providence, 6-1, 6-0, and Courtney Nash of Quinnipiac, 6-4, 6-0.

“Overall, the entire team had a 21-4 singles record.  I was extremely impressed with our singles play this weekend.  We had many challenging matches, and I thought we played really tough.”

The Huskies are back in action this weekend at the Harvard Fall Classic.