CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The UConn women’s tennis team competed at the Harvard Fall Classic over the weekend, taking on Boston College, Boston University and Delaware in a blind dual match format. The matches counted for the player’s individual records but not for the team's overall record.
The Huskies finished the weekend with a 20-13 combined record in singles and doubles play. Juniors Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and sophomores Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) all picked up four wins over the weekend.
“I am very pleased with the team’s performance this weekend at the Harvard Invitational,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We were able to play against three very good teams, and got some invaluable match play experience for our fall campaign. Five singles players each had two wins in singles play, and our top three doubles teams all went 2-1.”
On Friday, the Huskies faced Delaware and won four of the seven singles matches and split the four doubles matches. Pletnyeva won at No. 2 over Sara Komer, 6-3 and 6-4 and classmate Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) posted a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5 over Sarah Hall. Perrotta won her first match of the weekend at No. 6 over Annie Jaskulski, 6-1 and 7-5. Lazaro rounded out the Huskies’ singles wins with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Arielle Shuren at No. 7.
In doubles, Walker and Lazaro posted a 6-2 win over Hall and Jaskulski at No. 3 while Perrotta teamed with classmate Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) for a 6-0 win at No. 2 over Komer and Brooke Pilkington.
Saturday saw the Huskies take on BC with Walker and freshman Lou Regen (Stockholm, Sweden) nabbing singles wins. Walker won at No. 5 over Emily Safron, 6-3, 6-3 while Regen posted a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 7 over Micayla Casella. In doubles, Fitz-Randolph and Perrotta scored a 6-2 win at the No. 1 spot over Asiya Dair and Jackie Urbinati.
The Huskies closed out the weekend on Sunday taking on BU and just missed out on a clean sweep, winning seven of the eight singles matches and all four doubles contests. Pletnyeva made it 3-0 for the weekend with a three-set win over Barbara Rodriguez at No. 2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Walker also made it 3-0 in singles play on the weekend with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory at No. 5 over Sofia Kryloff.
Senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) notched a 6-2, 6-3 win over Iryna Kostirko at No. 1 and teamed with Pletnyeva for a 6-4 win in doubles over the team of Rodriguez and Sabrina Faybushev. Zaki notched her second singles win on the weekend with a three-set win over Remi Ramos, 4-6, 6-2 and 6-1. Perrotta won at No. 7 over Kate Scmashko, 6-3 and 6-4, and Lazaro won at No. 8, 6-0 and 6-3. Both also picked-up doubles victories as well to run their weekend records to 4-2.
Senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) won both of her matches on Sunday, beating Lily O’Fagan, 6-1 and 6-3 at No. 6 and teaming with Regen for a 6-3 win at No. 4 doubles.
“Very solid results, especially for the level of competition we were up against. The final match against BU on Sunday was our most impressive showing, winning all four doubles matches, and seven of the eight singles matches. These results give us a lot of confidence leading up to our match with UMass this coming Wednesday.”
Next up for the Huskies is a pair of dual matches against UMass and Quinnipiac at home. The Huskies face UMass on their Storrs courts on Wednesday afternoon, September 28th at 2:30 pm. Next week, UConn will host Quinnipiac on Tuesday, October 4th at 2:30 pm.