STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team battled back from losing the doubles point to win four of the six singles matches to post a 4-3 win over Quinnipiac Thursday afternoon. After an impressive weekend at the Quinnipiac Invitational last weekend, the Huskies opened the dual match portion of their fall schedule with a win.
"A great 4-3 win over a very strong Quinnipiac team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year by winning the MAAC," commented head coach Glenn Marshall. "For the second week in a row, our strength in singles carried us through to a victory."
The Huskies won at #1 doubles thanks to an 8-7 (4) win by sophomore Emma Aldermann (Hingham, Mass.) and senior Maxene Weinberg (Marietta, Ga.) over Sophia Dzulynsky and Sydney Young. Freshman Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and sophomore Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kan.) lost at #3, 8-4, to Sitilla Rencheli and Ariana Launie. Quinnipiac captured the doubles point with an 8-7 (3) win at #2 over UConn freshman Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) and junior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia).
Despite losing the doubles point, UConn would rebound in singles play to earn the win. Stosljevic, Zaiki and Flanagan all posted wins to stay unbeaten in singles action in early part of the season. Stosljevic posted a 6-2, 7-5 win over Dzulynsky at #1 and the Huskies closed out the win with victories at #4, #5 and #6 singles as well.
Zaiki topped Young in the #4 slot, winning 6-3 and 6-4 while classmate Walker needed three-sets to earn a win over Michelle Dassa. Walker dropped the first set 6-1 but answered with commanding 6-2 and 6-4 wins in the second and third. "Our two freshmen, Zaina Zaki and Summer Walker, came up huge with come from behind wins over a pair of experience players from Quinnipiac."
Flanagan was impressive with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ariana Launie at #6.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when they take part in the Army Invitational at West Point, N.Y.