April 15, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team travel to Tampa, Fla. this week to play in the first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship. The Huskies will open the tournament on Thursday morning when they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the opening round at the University of South Florida on the USF Varsity Courts.
"We are looking forward to playing Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference tournament," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "We lost to them earlier in the season but were without our number two singles player Emma Alderman. Now that we are healthy, and coming off a three game win streak, we are eager to avenge that loss. The team was excited when the pairings were announced and we are fired up to face the Bearcats once again."
The Huskies drew the #9 seed in the 10 team field and will face the #8 seeded Bearcats at 9:00 am on Thursday. The opening round will also feature a match-up between #7 seed Temple and #10 seed UCF. The Houston Cougars are the #1 seed in this week's tournament while #2 seed Memphis, #3 seed USF, #4 seed Louisville, #5 seed Rutgers and #6 seed SMU round out the tournament field.
The AAC has four teams ranked in the lastest ITA College tennis rankings released on Monday in Houston (#32), Memphis (#39), USF (#41) and Louisville (#56).
UConn finished the regular season with an 8-11 record in dual matches and 0-3 against teams from the AAC. The Huskies will be looking to avenge a 6-1 loss to the Bearcats when the two teams face-off again in the opening round. UConn junior Natalie Robson (Copley, Ohio) picked-up the lone point for the Huskies with a 6-0 and 6-4 win at #6 singles over Hannah Wille. Junior Maxene Weinberg (Marietta, Ga.) lost a hard fought battle at #2 to Ashleigh Witte, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. The duo of senior Jennifer Learmonth (Elgin, S.C.) and freshman Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kan.) got a win at #3 doubles, 7-6, over Katya Bure and Carly Wilson.
The Huskies also fell to nationally ranked Houston, 4-0, and to Temple, 4-3.
Sophomore Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) heads in to the tournament 8-2 in her last 10 matches playing at #1 singles. Stosljevic finished the season with a 20-11 record and posted a 13-6 mark at #1 in dual match play. She along with senior Lucy Nutting (Wilmington, Del.) have teammed for an 11-9 dobules record and finished 8-5 in dual matches playing at #1. The duo have won three-straight matches and are 7-3 over their last 10 matches.
Freshman Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) has had an impressive rookie season, posting a 17-11 record and finishing 9-7 while playing at #2. Alderman will enter the tournament winner of three-straight and is 6-4 over her last 10 matches. She and Weinberg posted a 10-9 record playing doubles and have won five-straight heading into the post season. They have finished 7-3 over their last 10.
Learmonth has been the Huskies top doubles player all year, piling up 20 wins and finishing with a 20-14 mark. She and senior Marie Gargiulo (Weston, Conn.) have posted a 7-5 record as a team and are 6-4 in their last 10 heading into Thursday.
The winner of Thursday's match-up will move on to face the top-seed Cougars on Friday morning.