The UConn women’s tennis program wrapped up one of the best fall seasons in program history as head coach Glenn Marshall and the team look to build upon their success heading into their third season of play in the American Athletic Conference this spring.
“I am really proud of the team’s effort and results this past fall,” commented the head coach. “We set out to try and accomplish several goals this fall, and we were successful in several areas. We wanted to go undefeated in dual match play, and we did that with solid wins over UMass and Quinnipiac. We had lost to UMass last year, and really wanted to avenge that loss this fall.”
“Another team goal was to win a championship flight at each of our fall tournaments. We were able to accomplish that in three of our four tournaments, which was outstanding. Not only did we win several titles, we actually had two UConn players competing in the finals of a few of them.”
“Overall our fall combined team singles record was 75-34, which is a 69% winning percentage,” stated Marshall. “With our record and tournament results, this was a very successful fall campaign. This gives us a lot of confidence going into our spring schedule in 2016.”
Let’s take a look back at the Huskies fall slate:
Harvard Fall Classic – September 18th-20th
The Huskies saw one of their newest players earn her first collegiate victory while also sending a doubles team to the semifinals at this highly competitive early season tournament. Junior Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) both finished the weekend 4-2 for the Huskies. The duo combined to advance to the Doubles “B” flight semifinal, notching wins over teams from Yale and Wake Forest on the way. Freshman Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) made her collegiate debut and won her first singles match, 6-2 and 6-2 over Columbia’s Vivian Cheng.
Quinnipiac Invitational – September 18th-20th
UConn used a split squad on the first weekend of competition, with half the team competing at Harvard and the other half in state at Quinnipiac. The Huskies posted an impressive performance at the annual fall stop, bringing the “C” singles flight title back home to Storrs. Junior Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and freshman Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.), playing in her first collegiate matches, both advanced to the finals of the “C” singles flight. The Huskies elected not to contest the championship match between the two. In the “D” singles flight, junior Jenise Vargas (Pasadena, Calif.) and freshman Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) both played their way into the semifinals and then teamed for an impressive run in the “B” doubles flight, winning three-straight matches to advance to the finals.
Army West Point Invitational – September 25th-27th
Playing in one of the deepest tournaments of the fall, the Huskies posted an impressive 42-15 overall combined record at the Army Invitational highlighted by senior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) capturing the Flight 1 singles title. Stosljevic also won a share of the “A” Flight doubles title, teaming with rookie Fitz-Randolph for a run all the way to the final where Husky teammates Alderman and Pletnyeva also advanced. Stosljevic posted five-straight singles victories on her way to the title, capped by three-set wins over Carolyn Pitman of Army in the semifinal and Marika Cusick of Cornell in the title match. The UConn team of Flanagan and sophomore Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) advanced to the championship match of the Doubles “B” flight. In singles play, Pletenyeva, Lazarao and Perrotta all advanced to the semifinals while Vargas bounced back from a loss in the main draw to post four-straight victories to win the consolation draw.
Wake Forest Invitational – October 9th-11th
UConn took a trip down south to play in the Wake Forest Invitational featuring many to the top-teams from the southern states. The Huskies posted a 17-7 mark on the weekend came away with another title as Flanagan and sophomore Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) each claimed a share of the “F” flight singles championship. The duo each posted 3-0 marks in the draw to advance into the final and come away as “co-champs”. Stosljevic, Alderman, Pletnyeva, Zaki and Lazaro all won a pair of singles matches on the trip.
ITA Northeast Regional Championship – October 22nd-25th
UConn sent a program record six players to the ITA regional tournament at Dartmouth College and acomplished another program first in Stosljevic earning a seed in the main singles draw. The senior was seeded #17 in the field and the Huskies finished the final tournament of the fall with three singles victories and a doubles win. After receiving a bye in the first round, Stosljevic won her opening match over Seton Hall’s Hannah Lijekvist, 6-3 and 6-2. In doubles the duo of Flanagan and Zaki won their opening match with Bryant’s Briana Leonard and Linnea Sjoberg, 8-3
At UMass – W, 5-2
After dropping the doubles point to open the match, the Huskies stormed back with five singles wins to come away with a 5-2 win at UMass in their first dual match of the season. The Minutewomen swept all three doubles matches to open with a 1-0 lead in the match but UConn dominated singles play as Flanagan and Alderman opened with singles wins at #6 and #2, respectively. Zaki and Stoljevic followed with wins at #5 and #1 and Fitz-Randolph clinched the Husky win a three-set win at #4.
At Quinnipiac – W, 6-1
The Huskies swept all three doubles matches on the way to a 6-1 win at instate rival Quinnipiac in their final dual match of the fall. In singles play, Stosljevic led the charge with a 7-5, 6-0 win at #1, setting the tone. Flanagan followed at #6, Alderman at #2 and Pletnyeva clinched the match with a win at #3.
Huskies Individual Highlights:
Srna Stosljevic, Senior
Posted a 10-5 singles record playing at #1 for the Huskies…Was the first Husky in program History to be seeded in the main draw at the ITA Regional Championship…Won the championship in the top-flight at the Army West Point Invitational, going 5-0 on the weekend…Finished her fall season 8-2 over her final 10 singles matches…In doubles play, she posted an 7-6 record this fall…Played with freshman Jacqueline Fitz-Randolph…The duo won a share of the Army Flight “A” doubles title.
Emma Alderman, Junior
Finished the fall with an 8-4 singles record…Plays in the #2 position for the Huskies…Finished the fall season 7-3 over her final 10 matches…Picked-up a pair of singles wins at the Harvard, Army and Wake Forest tournaments…Played in the main draw at the ITA Regional…Posted an 8-5 doubles record during the fall playing with sophomore Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva…The duo reached the semifinals of the “B” flight at Harvard.
Jenise Vargas, Junior
Played to a 6-2 record in tournaments this fall…Won her last four-straight matches…Advanced to the semifinals of the “D” flight at the Quinnipiac Invite…After falling in her first match at Army, she answered with four-straight wins to win the consolation bracket draw…Finished with a 3-2 doubles record highlighted by an appearance in the “B” final of the Quinnipiac with freshman Gillian Perrotta.
Shea Flanagan, Junior
Led the Huskies this fall with an 11-2 singles record…Picked up nine victories in tournament singles play…She finished her fall going 8-2 over her last 10 matches…She opened her fall season winning a share of the “C” flight title at Quinnipiac…She picked-up her second singles title of the fall at the Wake Forest Invite, playing into the “F” flight title match against teammate Summer Walker… Played in the qualifying draw at the ITA Regional…She also posted double digit wins in doubles play, going 10-5 on the fall…Finished 7-5 playing with Zaina Zaki…The duo advanced to the title match in the “B” flight at West Point.
Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva, Sophomore
Finished her fall 8-5 in singles play and won seven matches in tournament play…Played her way to the semifinals of Flight 2 at Army with three wins…Opened the fall season with four wins at the Harvard Invite…Played in the qualifying draw at the ITA Regional…Posted an 8-5 mark in doubles playing with junior Emma Alderman…The duo shared the Flight “A” doubles title at the Army Invitational.
Summer Walker, Sophomore
Posted a 5-2 mark in tournament singles play…Had her best showing of the fall at the Wake Forest Invitational, sharing the “F” flight singles title with teammate Shea Flanagan…Both posted 3-0 marks to advance to the flight final…Also finished 5-2 in doubles play this fall…Played with both Flanagan and freshman Jacqueline Lazaro.
Zaina Zaki, Sophomore
Finished the fall season with a 7-4 singles record…Notched a 7-6 doubles mark this fall…Played in the ITA Regional doubles draw with junior Shea Flanagan…The duo advanced to the finals of the “B” draw at the Army Invitational.
Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph, Freshman
In her first semester of collegiate tennis, she finished with a 7-6 singles mark playing at the #3 position for the Huskies…Earned a spot in the qualifying draw at the ITA Regional…Was 7-6 in doubles play with teammate Srna Stosljevic at #1…The duo won a share of the Flight “A” doubles title at the Army Invitational…Played in the main draw at the ITA Regional.
Jacqueline Lazaro, Freshman
Posted an 8-2 singles record playing in tournaments in her debut fall season…Won a share of the “C” singles title at the Quinnipiac Invitational in her collegiate debut tournament…Advanced to the semifinals at the Army Invitational…Finished the fall 2-3 in doubles.
Gillian Perrotta, Freshman
Finished her 5-2 in singles play during the fall season…Reached the semifinals at the Quinnipiac Invitational, her first collegiate tournament…Had a 3-2 record playing doubles with junior Jenise Vargas…The duo got to the championship match in the “B” flight at the QU Invite.