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.
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.