Senior Marie Gargiulo
Jan. 17, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team will open their 2014 spring schedule on February 7th and 8th as they look to build upon a strong fall tournament slate heading into the first season of competition in the American Athletic Conference. The Husky women will join the men’s team in opening their season with a pair of dual matches at Army.
The Huskies open up their dual match schedule taking on the Stony Brook Seawolves and the host Knights in West Point. UConn played just two dual matches during the fall, beating Quinnipiac, 5-2, and falling to UMass, 4-3, both on the road.
“The fall season was very successful for our team,” commented head coach Glenn Marshall. “We posted very good tournament results, highlighted by winning three singles titles at the Quinnipiac Invite.”
The freshman-sophomore duo of Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) led the Huskies this fall, both posting 9-5 records in singles play while winning each capturing a singles tournament title. Stosljevic, Alderman and junior Natalie Robson captured the top-three singles flights at the Quinnipiac Invitational as the Huskies posted a 19-6 record in singles play at the event. Alderman also advanced to the finals in the second singles flight at Army and made it to the quarterfinals of the USTA Billie Jean King Women’s College Invitational in a deep “B” main draw. In dual matches, Stosljevic won both of her matches from the #1 singles spot as she looks to build on her solid fall season.
A trio of seniors in Marie Gargiulo (Weston, Conn.), Jennifer Learmonth (Elgin, S.C.) and Lucy Nutting (Wilmington, Del.) will lead the Huskies this spring. Nutting joined Stosljevic as the only Huskies to go 2-0 in dual match action in the fall, playing in the #4 singles slot. Gargiulo was one of four Huskies to collect double digit doubles wins in the fall, finishing 10-3 in tournament play. Learmonth had 11 wins in doubles play while freshman Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kan.) and Stosljevic each had 10 wins.
“Srna Stosljevic had an outstanding fall, with two great wins at #1 singles over UMass and Quinnipiac, in addition to her singles title at the Quinnipiac Invite. Also making a strong first impression were our freshmen, Emma Alderman and Shea Flanagan. They each had a great winning percentage and Alderman won a title at the Quinnipiac Invite.”
Competing in the inaugural season for American Athletic Conference tennis, the Huskies will have five matches against league opponents before the conference championships in April. UConn will play Cincinnati twice on the road, once with James Madison at The Greenbrier in West Virginia and on their spring break trip in Puerto Rico. In addition to the Bearcats, UConn will also face Colgate and Marist on the trip.
“We are very excited to start play in the new American Athletic Conference,” state Marshall. “The quality of the teams, with five or six programs in the national rankings last year, will be excellent competition for our program. The chance to face seven new teams that we have not competed against in the past is something we are looking forward to as well.”
UConn will travel to the University of Houston and face the Cougars along with Louisiana Tech on March 8th and 9th and play host to conference foes Temple (Mar. 29th) and Rutgers (Apr. 3rd) on the courts in Storrs.
The Huskies have road matches scheduled with regional opponents St. John’s (Feb. 16th), Boston University (Mar. 26th), Georgetown (Apr. 5th) and Villanova (Apr. 6th). UConn will host four matches this spring, starting with a date with the Fairfield Stags on the indoor courts of the East Hartford Tennis Club on March 5th.
The first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship is scheduled to be held on April 17th through 20th on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa.