PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – UConn senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) won twice on Friday afternoon to secure her spot in the round of 16 at the ITA Northeast Regional Championship at the University of Pennsylvania. She becomes the first Husky in program history to advance to the round of 16 at the prestigious annual tournament.
“I’m so proud of Lizzy advancing to the round of 16 in the regionals,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “She has continued to prove that she is one of the top players in the entire East region.”
Pletnyeva, who had a bye in the first round, defeated Maddie Stearns from Brown in the second round and capped the day with a win over Boston University’s Emily Kim in the third round to advance. In the morning, Pletnyeva needed three sets to take care of Stearns. After dropping the first set, 6-3, she stormed back with 6-2, 6-2 wins to move on.
Against BU’s Kim, Pletnyeva posted a 6-3 and 6-4 win to advance to Saturday’s fourth round. She will take on Ruth Crawford of Massachusetts on Saturday morning. The two have never met.
Earlier in the day, junior Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) lost in her second round match-up with Dartmouth’s Abigail Chiu, falling in three sets. Fitz-Randolph won the opening set, 6-3, but Chiu battled back to a 6-3, 6-4 win.
In the back draw, the Huskies won three matches on Friday. Senior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) notched a 6-1, 6-4 win over St. Francis Brooklyn’s Jean-na Koo. Junior Jaqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kahlei Reisinger of St. Bonaventure. Sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia) posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Anamaria Vladescu.
Play at the ITA Regional continues on Saturday at Hamlin/Hecht Tennis Center and runs through Monday’s championship match.