STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s tennis program will begin their 2017 spring season this weekend hosting regional foe, the University of Rhode Island Rams at the East Hartford Tennis Club this Sunday.
Following their first home match of the spring, the Huskies will then hit the road for six-straight matches to get the dual match portion of their schedule into full swing. UConn has 20 matches scheduled this spring in preparation for the 2017 American Athletic Conference championship tournament at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida on April 19-22.
The Huskies went 1-1 in the fall in dual matches, beating state rival Quinnipiac, 4-3, and falling to UMass, 5-2. UConn had a strong fall tournament season and for the second-straight season, sent a record number of players to the ITA Regional Championship with seven Huskies competing at the annual event.
Senior co-captain Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) played in the top-sport for the Huskies all fall and posted a 5-4 singles mark. Junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukranie) was UConn’s No.2 and impressed in the fall with an 8-3 singles record. The duo opened the fall by sharing the “A” singles flight title at the Quinnipiac Invitational. Alderman and Pletnyeva were teamed in doubles in the Huskies’ top-spot, posting a 4-4 mark.
Sophomores Jacquelin Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) both had impressive fall campaigns, both in singles and doubles play. The duo teamed to post a team-best 8-3 record in doubles action and won the “A” flight at the QU Invite. Randolph-Fitz played in the No. 3 singles slot for UConn and posted a 5-5 mark, winning the “B” flight at Quinnipiac. Perrotta was 3-1 in her singles play.
Juniors Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) both had winning singles records during the fall season, going 6-4 and 6-3, respectively. Zaki took home the singles “C” title at the Quinnipiac Invitational. Walker teamed with sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) and posted a 4-3 record on the doubles court. Lazaro finished her fall 7-1 playing singles play in tournaments, including a title in the “D” flight at Quinnipiac.
The Huskies will play five AAC opponents this spring en route to competing at their fourth AAC Championship.