BRADENTON, Fla. - The UConn women's tennis team opened up their four-match spring break trip on Sunday evening with a 5-2 win over Drexel at the IMG Academy. The win snapped a three-match losing streak and evened UConn's record at 6-6.
"This was a very good win over a tough Drexel team," stated head coach Glenn Marshall. "It was an exciting match which started in the 80 degree sunshine, and ended under the lights. Our doubles play was highlighted by our wins at number one and three. Jacque and Gill set the tone with a smart, focused win at number three. Lizzy and Cassie had a gut check win at number one, which secured the doubles point."
The Huskies started strong on Sunday, winning the doubles point led by the No. 1 team of senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, B.C.). The duo posted a 7-5 win over Ghita Benhadi and Kendra Bunch to clinch the opening point.
The junior tandem of Gillian Perrotta (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.) opened with a 6-1 win over Ryshena Providence and Mya Fuentes.
"In singles, Jacque came out on fire and earned our second team point," commented Marshall. "Cassie had a nice win at number six, playing smart and steady. Then, the match turned to our top three singles spots. All of them went three sets, with great wins by Summer and Lizzy. Fitzy hasn’t played in three weeks due to the flu, but fought all the way in a close three set loss."
Lazaro was a double winner on the day, winning her No. 4 match with Clary Rodriguez Cruz 6-1 and 6-3 to get the Huskies rolling in singles play. It was Lazaro's 20th singles win on the season.
Chung also won in singles play, topping Anisiya Simpson, 6-2 and 6-4 to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead in the match. Senior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) clinched the match for UConn at No. 2, beating Benhadi in three sets. After dropping the frist, 6-3, she rebounded to win 6-4 and 6-3.
Pletnyeva closed out the UConn win at No. 1, beating Kendra Bunch in three grueling sets, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3) and 7-6 (3). She also grabbed her 20th victory of the season, improving to 20-6 and 10-2 in dual match play. It was her fifth-straight win.
"It was a great win to start our week of matches down here in FL."