Sept. 15, 2013
HAMDEN, Conn. - The event might have been named the 17th annual Quinnipiac Women's Invitational, but when it was over, it had a decided UConn flavor.
The UConn women's tennis team made its presence felt at the three-day event, which ended Sunday. The Huskies not only went 19-6 in their singles matches throughout the tournament, but UConn players won the A Flight singles, the B Flight singles, and the C Flight singles.
UConn sophomore Srna Stosljevic ((Novi Sad, Serbia), who had to defeat Hartford's Katina Zampas just to make the round of 16, then swept through her next three opponents without losing a set to reach the Flight A championship match. There, she met Quinnipiac sophomore Sophia Dzulynsky and captured a 6-4, 5-7, 10-6 victory for a perfect 5-0 record and the Flight A title.
UConn freshman Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) ran through her first two matches in the B Flight without dropping a set, then outfought Providence junior Karen Ramirez, 4-6, 6-2, 12-10 in a tough semifinal. In the championship match, Alderman lost the first set to Seton Hall's Julia Keenan, 3-6, then won the next two sets, 6-2, 10-3, to earn the title.
The C Flight came close to being an all-UConn championship match when junior Natalie Robson (Copley, Ohio) and senior Jennifer Learmonth (York, Pa.) each reached the semifinals in opposite brackets. But while Robson defeated Quinnipiac's Kelsi Oliphant, 6-1, 7-6 (5), Learmonth bowed to Quinnipiac's Mary Chupa, 6-4, 6-3. In the title match, however, Robson dominated Chupa, 6-3, 6-1, giving the Huskies three champions in the event.
UConn will return to competition on Sept. 27-29 in the Army Invitational at West Point, N.Y.