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Strong Doubles Lead UConn Past Quinnipiac, 4-3

Oct. 4, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team used a strong doubles performance to power their way to a 4-3 dual match victory over in-state rival Quinnipiac Tuesday afternoon at the UConn Tennis Courts.  The Huskies even their dual match record at 1-1 with the win.

The Huskies swept all three doubles matches to grab the opening point, pushing UConn to a win after the two teams split singles play.  “This was a very good match against Quinnipiac today,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall.  “We had to really hang tough in singles today, to earn the hard fought 4-3 victory.”

“Our doubles teams came out focused and played very well today.  That turned out to be the difference, since we split the 6 singles matches.  We had three players earn double victories today in both singles and doubles.  Jackie Fitz-Randolph, Summer Walker, and Gill Perrotta all had great performances today.”

The Huskies’ No. 1 team of senior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vannta, Ukraine) beat Rachel Horton and Sydney Young, 6-3.  The sophomore duo of Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) were double winners in singles and doubles.  The duo won at No. 2 over Sitilia Rencheli and Layla Rodriguez, 6-3 and improved to a team-best 7-2 this fall.

Junior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) closed out the doubles sweep with a 6-0 win over Alexandra Mircea and Kelsi Oliphant.

The Huskies pushed their lead to 3-0 in the match as Perrotta and Walker were the first to close out their singles matches.  Perrotta won at No. 6 over Nicole Katzarkov, 6-0 and 6-2 and Walker followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Young.

Quinnipiac cut the lead down to 3-2 with wins at No. 5 and No. 2 but Fitz-Randolph closed out the Husky win at No. 3 with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jennifer Lu.

The Huskies will head down south this weekend to play in the Florida Gulf Coast Eagle Invitational.

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