AMHERST, Mass. - The UConn women's tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 decision at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies split the six singles matches with UMass but came up short in doubles play to fall to 1-1 in dual matches this fall.
"This was a really tough battle against UMass today," commented head coach Glenn Marshall. "Both the singles and doubles matches came down to the wire. We had some opportunities to clinch the doubles point, but just came up a little short."
"I was very pleased that we came out with some fire in the singles matches. Lizzy and Cassie both hung very tough to win in three sets. Jacque Lazaro continued her hot play in singles by winning in straight sets. This close match will help us to get prepared for our conference matches next spring."
The UConn No. 1 doubles team of senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, B.C.) grabbed the first win in doubles play, beating Ruth Crawford and Janja Kovacevic, 6-4. UMass would respond and grab the opening point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. The UConn team of Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) and Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) came up just short at No. 3, falling 7-6 (5) to Anna Napadiy and Ashley Avery.
In singles play, Lazaro rang up her 12th win of the fall season, running her record to 12-1 thanks to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Laura Moreno. Pletnyeva and Chung both picked up three-set wins.
Pletnyeva grabbed her 10th win on the season, and fifth-straight, with a three-set win over Yrazusta at No. 1. She won the first set 6-3, lost the second 7-6 (5) and answered in the third with a 7-6 (3) win.
Chung won at No. 5, beating Napadiy after losing the first set, 6-1. Chung battled back and won 6-4 and 6-3.
The Huskies will next be in action at the ITA Regional Championship at the University of Pennsylvania next week.