STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team hosted UMass on Wednesday afternoon in their first dual match of the season, falling to the Minutewomen 5-2 on the UConn Tennis Courts on campus. The Huskies picked up a pair of singles wins at the top-two positions for their only points.
"This was a tough loss against UMass," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "They came into our house and were tougher and more energized than we were. We were coming off a great weekend at the Harvard Invite, and we just came out flat and couldn't recover. The bright spots were Emma and Lizzy. They both had very solid singles wins against their top-two players. We will bounce back against Quinnipiac next Tuesday, and be better prepared."
UMass got off to a 1-0 lead in the match thanks to sweeping all three doubles matches. UConn grabbed wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots thanks to senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine).
Alderman posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Ruth Crawford at the top-spot while Pletnyeva won in three-sets over Ana Yrazusta. She won the first set 6-2, dropped the second 6-2 and rebounded to dominated the third set, 6-1. Both are off to strong starts to the fall season with Pletnyeva posting a 6-1 singles mark and Alderman going 5-2 through the first three weeks.
Junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) lost a tough three-set battle at No. 5 to Brittany Collens. Walker won the first set 6-2 but came up short falling 6-2 and 6-4. Senior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) lost a hard fought match with Ashley Avery at No. 6, falling 7-6 (12) and 7-5.
The Huskies will return to the court on Tuesday, October 4th when they host Quinnipiac at 2:30 pm.