STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis team will open up the 2018 spring season this weekend, playing host to Siena College on Sunday morning from the East Hartford Tennis Club. The match will start at 10 am and is open to the public.
“We start the season with some regional programs in Siena and Marist, and then hit the road for a very tough slate of matches in February,” stated head coach Glenn Marshall. “We started our spring campaign with a great training trip to the USTA National Campus in Orlando in early January. It provided us an opportunity to get back to training on the courts after our winter break, and spend time together off the court as well.”
The Huskies have 19 dual matches slated for the spring leading up to the annual American Athletic Conference Championship tournament. UConn played a pair of duals in the fall, beating Quinnipiac, 7-0, but falling at UMass, 4-3.
UConn is coming off a strong fall season where they posted a 66-32 singles record as a team, a .673 winning percentage, and had a pair of player rack up double digit singles wins in senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and junior Jacueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.). Pletnyeva ran up a 12-4 singles mark during the fall season, and played to a 6-5 doubles clip teaming with sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, British Columbia).
She put her stamp on a successful fall campaign by becoming the first Husky in program history to play their way into the final 16 at the annual ITA Northeast Regional tournament.
Lazaro was equally impressive during the fall tournament season, playing to a 14-2 mark while going 9-1 over her final 10 matches. She took home a pair of singles titles at the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational and Quinnipiac Invitational. She also earned a doubles title, teaming with senior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) for the top spot at the QU Invite.
Walker along with newcomer Chung and junior Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) all posted eight singles wins while junior Jacqulyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) won seven during the fall campaign. Chung claimed a singles title at the QU tournament, along with Walker, while Perrotta took home the D Flight championship.
Coach Marshall will have another option when setting his lineups this spring with the addition of freshman Luciana Rabines (Barcelona, Spain). Rabines brings a wealth of international playing experience to the Huskies and was ranked No. 373 in the world by the International Tennis Federations (ITF) in 2016.
“Overall I am looking forward to hosting eight home matches this spring, with five of those being AAC Conference matches. I am very excited about the challenging schedule we have this spring, and look forward to our team rising up and playing some great tennis.”
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