NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team wrapped up their fall schedule over the weekend playing in the annual ITA Regional Championship at Yale University. The Huskies sent a program record seven players to compete at the tournament.
Sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnista, Ukraine) got to the third round in the main singles draw for the Huskies and also picked up a doubles victory with senior teammate Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.). Pletnyeva opened her singles run with a win over Lehigh's Christina Auyeung, 7-5, 6-2. In her next match, she took the first set from Yale's Tina Jang, who was seeded ninth, 6-2. Pletnyeva advanced after Jang retired before the second set.
Her tournament run ended with a hard fought three-set loss to Andrea Kevakian of Columbia, who was seeded 17th in the draw. Pletnyeva took the opening set 7-5 but Kevakian rebounded to win 6-3 and 6-4.
Also in the main singles draw, Alderman lost her opening match to Rutgers Mingxiu Du, 7-5 and 6-4. In the qualifying singles draw, UConn's Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) won their opening matches. Walker took down FDU's Marta Ruszysnka in three sets, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4. Her bid to get in the main draw came up short with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Seton Hall's Anna Fajnorova.
Lazaro won her opening match in three-sets as well, beating Quinnipiac's Sitilia Rencheili, 6-1, 3-6 and 6-4. She also came up short of the main draw after falling to Drexel's Lea Winkler, 6-3, 6-4.
In the doubles main draw, both UConn teams picked up first round victories. Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) won their opening match with Shannon Wong and Sharlee Seshmukh of Niagara, 8-0. The duo lost a hard fought battle in the second round, falling to Penn's Luba Vazhenina and Marta Kowalski in a tie-breaker, 8-7 (2).
Alderman and Pletnyeva took down Stony Brook's Elizabeth Tsvetkov and Ester Chikvashvilli in their first match, 8-5. The duo lost in the second round to Harvard's Natasha Gonzalez and Irene Lu, 8-3.
The Huskies concluded the fall portion of their schedule and will release their full spring slate in the coming weeks.
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