2016 Tennis Champ Central
The UConn women’s tennis program will head into their third American Athletic Conference Championship on the heels of one of the best seasons in team history. The Huskies have eight players on their roster who have posted double digit singles wins and six difference players have won 10 or more times in doubles play as well.
The Huskies enter the tournament off a 1-1 weekend against East Carolina and Cincinnati in conference matches and are 10-9 on the season. UConn finished 1-4 against AAC teams and will be seeded No. 9 in this week’s tournament. The Huskies will take on No. 8 seed Tulane on Wednesday, April 20th at 9:00 pm CT. The winner moves on to face the No. 1 seed Tulsa on Thursday.
UConn is led by their lone senior in Srna Stosljevic (Novi Saad, Serbia) who will put the finishing touches on her stellar career with this week’s tournament. For the third time in her career, Stosljevic posted 20 singles wins in a season after finishing 20-13 once again playing in the top-spot for the Huskies. She won 11 times while playing at No. 1 in dual matches this season. During her four-year career, she has won 80 singles matches. In doubles play, Stosljevic won 13 times this season, 12 wins coming with freshman Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.).
Sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnista, Ukraine) enters her second post season tournament on fire down the stretch, coming into Wednesday’s match winning her last six-straight and going 9-1 over her last 10 matches. Pletnyeva has posted a team-best 25-7 record this season. She is 16-3 in dual match play and went 4-1 against AAC opponents. She played most of the season at No. 3 for UConn, going 14-3, and went 2-0 when taking the court at No. 2.
In doubles, Pletnyeva tied for the team lead with 18 wins, teaming with junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) to post a 16-9 mark, the best duo on the club. They are 7-3 over their last 10 matches.
Junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) also posted 20 wins this season, finishing with a 21-9 mark. She has played the majority of the season at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots and enters the post season having won three-straight. In doubles, she went 18-9 and played with freshman Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) much of the spring, going 8-3.
Alderman posted a 17-12 singles record this season playing at No. 2. She shared the team lead with Pletnyeva and Flanagan winning 18 times in doubles play. Sophomores Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) each won double digit singles matches. Zaki went 13-13 on the season while Walker posted a 10-4 mark and finished the spring strong, winning four-straight and seven of her last nine.
A pair of freshmen had strong debut seasons in Lazaro and Fitz-Randolph. Lazaro was 10-3 in singles play and 12-7 in doubles. Fitz-Randolph posted 11 singles wins playing at No. 4 all season. In doubles, she won 12 times, all while teamed with Stosljevic.
The 2016 Men's and Women's Tennis Championship finals - women's on April 23 and men's on April 24 - will be streamed on The American Digital Network (www.TheAmerican.org/DN), available on web, mobile, tablet and Roku devices. The streams will be produced by L2 Productions via a grant from the United States Tennis Association, and feature a multi-camera shoot and a full graphics package along with commentary and analysis.
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