STORRS, Conn. – The 2017 American Athletic Conference Tennis Championship will get under way on Wednesday from the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. The league announced the tournament seeding and the UConn Huskies are the No.11 seed and will take on No.6 seeded East Carolina in the opening round on Wednesday at 12 noon.
The winner of Wednesday’s match will move on to face the No.3 seed SMU on Thursday. The top-seed on the women’s side is the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Wednesday’s opening match with ECU will be a re-match after the two teams battled each other this past Saturday at Cincinnati. The Pirates edged out the Huskies, 4-3, in the first meeting.
The tournament will conclude with Saturday’s championship match which will be broadcast live on The American Digital Network. Fans can follow the tournament by visiting Championship Central at www.TheAmerican.org/Tennis.
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The Huskies enter the tournament with a 10-12 overall dual match record this season. UConn faced five AAC opponents this season but came up short in losses to Houston (5-2), Temple (4-3), Tulane (5-2), Cincinnati (4-2) and East Carolina (4-3).
UConn is led by senior co-captains Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) who both posted double digit wins in both singles and doubles play this season. Alderman held down the No.1 spot for UConn much of the season and won 12 times on the singles circuit. She teamed with junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) for a 12-13 record at No.1 doubles.
Flanagan was 15-8 on the singles court this year and enters the tournament 7-2 over her last five matches. In doubles, Flanagan and sophomore Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) played to an 11-6 record during the spring dual match season. Lazaro has been equally impressive in singles play with a 14-3 record on the year, winning three-straight heading into the postseason.
Pletnyeva posted her second-consecutive 20-plus win season in singles play. She finished the year with a team-best 22-8 mark, going 7-3 over her last 10 matches. She finished 13-5 while playing at No.2 this season. Classmate Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) posted 14 singles wins this season, playing in the No.4 and No.5 spots.
UConn will have the streaking doubles team of sophomore Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) heading into the tournament on an eight-match win streak. The duo have posted a 21-7 doubles record this year, going 14-5 at No.2.