HAMDEN, Conn. - The UConn Huskies picked-up their first dual match win of the season with a clean sweep over Quinnipiac, 7-0, Wednesday afternoon at the QU Outdoor Facility. The Huskies are 1-0 and have one more dual match on their schedule this fall against UMass on Oct. 11.
"The team played really well today," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "The elements were tough with the heat, but every player on our team really put their head down and went to work today. I was very pleased with the effort on all the courts. I think the match play we got in at Harvard last weekend really prepared us for our dual match today. I was very pleased with their fight and determination today, it really made the difference for us in the match."
UConn opened by taking the doubles point by winning at No. 1 and No. 2. Senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, B.C.) finished first with a 6-4 win over Jennifer Lu and Layla Rodriguez. The junior tandem of Jaquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) clinched the point with a 6-3 win over Payton Bradley and Dominique Vasile.
In singles play, the Huskies swept through all six matches without dropping a set. Pletnyeva and Lu met again with UConn's No. 1 posting a 6-1, 6-0 win. Junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) followed with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 5 over Proyfon Lohaphaisan. Chung clinched the match at No. 4 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Rodriguez.
At No. 6, senior Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Scarlett Blydenburgh. Fellow senior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) won at No. 3 over Vasile, 6-2 and 6-3 and Fitz-Randolph closed the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Bradley at No. 2.
The Huskies also picked up a pair of singles wins and another doubles win in extra matches played on Wednesday. Zaki and freshman Elizabeth Kozyi (Boca Raton, Fla.) posted a 6-3 win over Alexandra Mircea and Amy Zammarieh in doubles. Kozyi won an 8-2 decision over Mircea in a singles match-up. Perrotta won her singles match with Courtney Nash, 8-4.
UConn will be back on the court next weekend when they take part in the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational.