WEST POINT, N.Y. – UConn senior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) took home the Flight 1 singles title to lead the Huskies at the Army West Point Invitational over the weekend. Stosljevic also won a share of the “A” Flight doubles title at the event as the Huskies posted an impressive 42-14 overall combined record on the weekend.
“I am extremely proud of the team's effort this weekend,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “There were 15 teams in this tournament, and we proved that we were one of the strongest teams in the field.”
“Srna led the team with an outstanding win at the #1 singles flight,” said Marshall. “She had to win five matches to claim the title, and the last two matches were in stunning 3 set victories.” The senior opened her title run with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Quinnipiac’s Jennifer Lu. She posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Genevie McCormick of host Army and got out of the quarterfinal when leading in the second set, Luize Strike of Seton Hall was forced to withdraw with injury.
In the semifinals, she posted a 6-4 win in the first set over Carolyn Pitman of Army before dropping the second in a battle, 7-6 (5). Stosljevic answered in the third set tiebreaker, 10-6. In the title match, she bounced back from dropping the first set to Cornell’s Marika Cusick, 6-2, with a 6-1 and 10-6 win.
“In doubles, we won the #1 doubles flight, with two of our teams paired in the finals,” commented the head coach. “In the #2 doubles flight, Zaina Zaki and Shea Flanagan had a great tournament. They advanced all the way to the finals, before losing a close match to Cornell 6-3.”
The Huskies dominated the “A” doubles flight with the teams of Stosljevic and freshman Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) both advancing to the finals to share the title. Stosljevic and Fitz-Randolph posted four-straight wins, topping teams from Akron, Fordham, LIU Brooklyn and Cornell on their way to the finals. Pletnyeva and Alderman posted wins over teams from Quinnipiac, Bryant, Army and Fordham leading to an UConn sweep of the flight.
In the “B” draw, the team of junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and sophomore Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) nearly made it a clean sweep of doubles titles for UConn, advancing to the final. The duo posted wins over NJIT, Army, Seton Hall and Sacred Heart on the way to the final. The came up short falling to Cornell’s Madison Stevens and Jane Stewart, 6-3.
In the Flight 2 singles draw, Pletnyeva played her way to the semifinals with three victories. She beat Alba Sala of Albany, 6-1, 6-3, defeated Cassidy Cruz of Lehigh, 6-0 and 6-4, and topped Seton Hall’s Thandiwe Kangwa, 6-1 and 6-4.
In the Flight 4 singles draw, freshmen Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) adavanced to the semifinals. Lazaro won a pair of three-set matches, beating Wavery Wituski of Akron, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7, and Risa Takanaka of Providence, 1-6, 6-1, 10-7. She beat Ana Glumac of Albany in the quarters, 6-1 and 7-6 (2). Perrotta beat Adrian Young of Quinnipiac, 6-4, 6-2, Jess Graham of Lehigh, 6-1, 6-0 and Allegra Hanlon of Cornell, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
“Jenise Vargas had a great run in the #4 singles consolation draw, winning the title with four-straight victories. I am very proud of the results the team posted, but equally impressed with their teamwork, camaraderie, and support for one another all weekend.”
The Huskies will play their first dual match of the season on Thursday, October 1st with a quick trip up to UMass.