HANOVER, N.H. - The UConn women's tennis team concluded their 2015 fall schedule over the weekend competing at the ITA Northeast Regional Championship at Dartmouth College. The Huskies sent a program record six players to the regional tournament.
The tournament field is made up from players from over 50 Division I schools in the east region. The Huskies sent all three of their doubles teams and had five singles players compete at this years event, a program record for entries. The Huskies also saw their first player earn a seed in the main singles draw in senior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) was seeded #17 in the the field. UConn finished the weekend with three singles wins and a doubles victory.
"I am very proud of the team for their play in the Regionals," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "This tournament has the best players on the entire east coast, and the level of play is very high on every court. We not only held our own with our results, we made a statement to the region that UConn Tennis is a program on the rise."
Duriing qualifying on Thursday, UConn freshman Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) opened with a three-set victory over Luize Strike from Seton Hall. Fiitz-Randolph won 7-5 in the first, dropped the second 6-2, but rebound nicely in the third for a 6-2 win. She came up short of qualifying for the main draw with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Olay Inclan Solis of St. John's
Junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) won her opening qualifying match against Ruglie Valiunaite of Army in straight-sets, 6-1 and 7-6 (2). Flanagan also just missed qualifying for the main draw after falling to Lina Qostal of Penn, 6-4 and 7-5. Flanagan ended her fall season with a team-best 11-2 singles record.
Stosljevic received a bye in the first round of the singles main draw and took on Hannah Lijekvist of Seton Hall in her first match of the tournament. The UConn senior captain moved on to the Round of 32 thanks to a 6-3 and 6-2 win. Her tournament ended there though as she lost a tough three-set marathon match with Honami Yazawa of Drexel. After falling 6-2 in the first set, Stosljevic answered with a 6-4 win in the second but fell just short of a comeback win, losing 7-6 (1) in the third set. She ends her fall season with an impressive 10-5 mark playing in the top-spot for the Huskies.
In doubles play, the duo of Flanagan and sophomore Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) won their opening match over Bryant's Briana Leonard and Linnea Sjoberg, 8-3. Flanagan and Zaki came up short in the round of 32, falling to the seeded Brown duo of Alyza Benotto and Dayna Lord, 8-3.
Stosljevic and Fitz-Randolph got off to a slow start in their match-up with Chloe Lee and Ksenija Tihomirova of Rutgers but rallied before falling 8-6. The team of junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) lost a tough battle with Stony Brook's Louis Badoche and Nadia Smergut, falling in a tiebreaker 8-7 (5).
Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph def. Luize Strike (Seton Hall) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Olay Inclan Solis (St. John’s) def. Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph 6-1, 6-3
Shea Flanagan def. Ruglie Valiunaite (Army) 6-1, 7-6 (2)
Lina Qostal (Penn) def. Shea Flanagan 6-4, 7-5
Carol Benito (UMass) def. Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva 7-6 (2), 6-4
Singles Main Draw
Rd64 Srna Stosljevic def. Hannah Lijekvist (Seton Hall) 6-3, 6-2
Rd32 Honami Yazawa (Drexel) def. Srna Stosljevic 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (1)
Rd64 Johanna Hyoty (BU) def. Emma Alderman 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
Doubles Main Draw
Rd64 Chloe Lee/Ksenija Tihomirova (Rutgers) def. Fitz-Randolph/Stosljevic 8-6
Rd64 Louis Badoche/Nadia Smergut (Stony Brook) def. Alderman/Pletnyeva 8-7 (5)
Rd64 Zaina Zaki/Shea Flanagan def. Briana Leonard/Linnea Sjoberg (Bryant) 8-3
Rd32 Alyza Benottto/Dayna Lord (Brown) def. Zaki/Flanagan 8-3