AMHERST, Mass. - The UConn women's tennis team opened their dual match portion of their fall schedule on Thursday with a 5-2 win on the road at UMass. The Huskies took five of the six singles matches on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Minutewomen.
"Great win after losing the doubles point," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We grabbed the momentum early in the singles matches and stayed strong for five victories. We lost to UMass last year, so we were really focused on playing well today. I'm very proud of the fight and effort of the entire team."
The Huskies found themselves in a 1-0 hole after UMass swept all three doubles matches to open play. UConn dropped a pair of close matches in the top two doubles spots. At #1, Ana Yrazusta and Carol Benito beat senior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) and freshman Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.), 8-7 (7).
UMass also picked-up an 8-6 win at #2 as Ruth Crawford and Anna Woosley topped the team of junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine), 8-6.
UConn answered with a dominating performance in singles play. Junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) pulled the match even thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 win at #6 over Brittany Collens. Alderman posted a 6-4, 6-3 win at #2 over Crawford to give the Huskies a lead they would not give back.
Sophomore Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) won a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Arielle Griffin at #5 to put the Huskies up 3-1. Stosljevic, who came into the match off winning the Army Invitational Flight 1 singles title last weekend, kept her strong play going, putting the match away at #1. Stosljevic posted a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Yrazusta to clinch it.
Fitz-Randolph put the finishing touches on the UConn victory with a three-set comeback win at #4, beating Benito 5-7, 6-1, 10-7.
The Huskies will return to the court on Tuesday, Oct. 6th with a trip to Quinnipiac for a dual match.
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