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Huskies Dominate at Quinnipiac Invitational

Sept. 18, 2016


HAMDEN, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team started off their fall season with a dominating performance at the Quinnipiac Invitational over the weekend.  The Huskies posted a 28-6 singles record and went 6-3 in doubles on the way to winning all four singles flights and the top doubles flight at the eight team tournament.

“This was a great opening tournament for the team,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall.  “We played very well in singles and were able to win all four of the singles flights.  I was also impressed with our doubles team of Perrotta and Fitz-Randolph, who won the A doubles championship.”

Sophomore Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) took the “B” singles flight and teamed with classmate Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) to win the “A” doubles flight title.  She won four-straight in singles play opening with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Army’s Kirby Einck and posting a 6-3, 6-2 win over Quinnipiac’s Layla Rodriguez in the quarters.  Fitz-Randolph battled her way to three-set wins in the semis and the final.  She topped Fordham’s Estelle Wong 6-3, 1-6, 10-2 to advance to the title match where she beat Mayu Sato of Fordham, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8.

In doubles, Fitz-Randolph and Perrotta won four in the “A” flight to take home the trophy.  The duo opened their run with a 6-2 win over Sacred Heart’s Olivia Podsiebierski and Brianna Lauria.  They advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2 win over Melanie Allen and Genevieve McCormick of Army and into the title match with a 6-2 win over Fordham’s Carina Ma and Maia Balce.  The duo won the trophy by beating Quinnipiac’s Sydney Young and Rachel Horton, 7-5.



In the tournament’s top singles flight, a pair of Huskies dominated the bracket to advance to the final and share the “A” flight title.  Senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Risa Takenaka of Providence and then a pair of three-set wins to get to the final.  Alderman needed to twice battle back from dropping the first set in her quarterfinal and semifinal matches, beating Army’s Rugile Valuniate, 5-7, 6-1 and 10-8, and Drexel’s Honami Yazawa, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5. 

On the other side of the bracket, junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukranie) opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Drexel’s Ghita Benhadi and followed with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Army’s Genevieve McCormick in the quarters and a 6-1, 7-5 win over Carina Ma of Fordham in the semis.

In the “C” flight, junior Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) took the “C” flight title with four-straight wins.  She opened with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Quinnipiac’s Nicole Katzarkov and advanced out of the quarterfinal with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ryshena Providence of Drexel.  She posted a 6-1, 7-5 win over Army’s Yuka Lin and won her first career singles title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kendra Bunch of Drexel.

UConn made it a clean sweep of the singles brackets with sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) sweeping through the “D” flight without dropping a set for her first career title.  Lazaro started by beating Maggie Glynn of Sacred Heart, 6-0 and 6-0.  She went 6-1, 6-3 over Army’s Danna Funaro and got to the final with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Drexel’s Fiorella Coria.  In the title match, Lazaro beat Army’s Gloria Son, 6-2 and 7-5. 

Junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) won a pair of matches in the “B” flight to advance to the semifinals before falling.  Walker beat Young from QU, 6-2 and 6-3, and Melanie Allen of Army, 3-6, 6-1 and 10-1.

“It was an impressive weekend, considering the strength of teams we were competing against.  The players were very focused, and I am proud of the way they competed all weekend.”

The Huskies are back in action next weekend at the Harvard Invitational.