STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's tennis team is set to launch the 2016 fall season this weekend with a trip downstate to play in the Quinnipiac Invitational. The Huskies are set to compete in four tournaments and a pair of dual matches this fall as they prepare for their fourth season of play in the American Athletic Conference.
Following their annual stop down in Hamden, the Huskies will travel to the Harvard Invitational on September 23-25. UConn will host a pair of dual matches on their outdoor courts on the Storrs campus. UMass will pay a visit on Wednesday, September 28th and Quinnipiac will visit on October 4th.
The Huskies will head down south for a tournament in Florida on October 7-9, taking part in the Florida Gulf Coast Eagle Invitational. UConn closes their fall season on Oct. 20-23 at the ITA Northeast Regional Championship, held this year at Yale University. Last fall, the Huskies sent a program record six players to the annual tournament and for the first time had a player seeded in the main singles draw in Stosljevic.
Head Coach Glenn Marshall, entering his 24th season at the helm of the tennis program at UConn, will welcome back eight players from last season's roster. The only loss on the Huskies' roster is former No. 1 player Srna Stosljevic as Marshall looks to a deep pool of talent to try and replace the two-time All-AAC player.
Marshall will rely on his two senior captains in Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.), both mainstays in the UConn lineup over the past three seasons. Alderman has been the Huskies' No. 2 for the past three years and went 17-13 in singles and 18-10 in doubles last year. Flanagan is coming off a 21-9 season in singles play and also posted 18 doubles victories.
Junior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) was the Huskies' break-out player last season, piling up a team-best 26-7 singles mark playing in the No. 3 spot. She was 17-3 in dual matches and posted a 4-1 record against players from The American. She was equally impressive in doubles with 18 wins and teamed with Alderman for a 16-9 doubles record at the No. 2 position. In her three semesters at UConn, Yelyzaveta has compilied a 40-13 singles record.
Fellow juniors Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) and Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) round out the upper class on this year's club. Zaki posted 13 singles wins last year while Walker went 10-4 in singles. Sophomore Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) had an impressive rookie campaign posting 11 singles wins and pairing with Stosljevic at No. 1 doubles for 12 victories.
Classmates Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) and Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) round out the returning group of players. Lazaro was 10-3 playing singles last year and went 12-8 in doubles, teaming with Flanagan for an 8-4 mark.
The only newcomer this season is freshman Lou Regen from Stockholm, Sweden. Regen had an impressive juniors career overseas where she won nine titles in singles tournaments and four titles in doubles play.