STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team play in the Harvard Fall Classic over the weekend, a tournament that used the blind dual match format. The Huskies took on players from host Harvard, Georgetown, Boston College and Boston University over the three days.
“This was a really good weekend of competition for our team,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We had the opportunity to play some of the top ranked teams in our region, and had some outstanding results.”
“We got to play matches in a team setting, so the team can feel that exciting atmosphere for our upcoming opponents this fall. Jackie Fitz-Randolph had double wins in singles and doubles against BC and BU, leading the team in most wins for the weekend.”
Junior Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) led UConn with a pair of singles and doubles victories over the weekend. Fitz-Randolph beat Boston College’s Kylie Wilcox on Saturday, 6-3 and 6-1, and finished her weekend with a 6-4, 6-2 win over BU’s Lily Burchell.
In doubles, Fitz-Randolph teamed with classmate Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) in posting wins over teams from BC and BU. The duo were UConn’s top-doubles team last season, piling up 21 wins. On Saturday, the beat Maria Ross and Dasa Possokhova from Boston College, 6-3, and on Sunday topped Emily Kim and Lily from BU, 6-2. Perrotta also grabbed a singles win on the weekend by beating Sophia Kryloff of BU in three-sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Fellow junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) won twice in singles play during the tournament. On Friday, she topped Georgetown’s Drew Spinosa in a three-set battle, 6-1, 4-6 and 10-1. On Sunday, she beat BU’s Clara Falxa, 6-0 and 6-2.
Senior Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) and freshman newcomer Elizabeth Kozyi (Boca Raton, Fla.) each earned a singles win and then teamed for a doubles victory as well. Zaki was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Georgetown’s Casey Marx while Kozyi beat Kaely Malik of Boston University, 6-1 and 6-2. The duo was a 6-3 winner over BU’s Falxa and Lily O’Fagen on Sunday.
Also earning singles wins for the Huskies were senior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.), who beat BC’s Ross in three-sets, 6-7 (2), 6-3 and 10-7, and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia), who topped BC’s Loren Haukova, 6-2 and 6-2. Chung notched a doubles victory with senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukranie) on Sunday, beating the top team from BU, Iryna Kostirko and Sabrina Faybyshev, 6-4.
The Huskies’ only action this week will be their first dual match of the season on Wednesday, September 27 at Quinnipiac.