BRADENTON, Fla. – The UConn women’s tennis team made it two-straight on their annual spring break trip with a 5-2 win over Army West Point on Monday afternoon. The Huskies will finish their match play on the break by facing both Colgate and Northern Iowa on Tuesday.
“I am very pleased with our win versus Army today,” commented head coach Glenn Marshall. “They are always a well coached team, and always fight hard on every court. Both teams had to battle some very windy conditions, with a sustained wind of 20mph.”
The Huskies fell behind after dropping the doubles point but picked-up a win at No. 1 with the team of senior Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva (Vinnitsa, Ukraine) and sophomore Cassie Chung (Vancouver, B.C.) beating Anastasiya Joyner and Danna Funaro, 6-2. The duo improved to 9-7 on the season, a team-best mark.
“We got off to a slow start in doubles, and didn’t find our rhythm fast enough to win the doubles point. Lizzy and Cassie had a nice win in doubles at number one, but that was all we could pull out.”
UConn bounce back big in singles, running off five wins in the six matches. Pletnyeva led the way with a commanding 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Joyner, running her winning streak to six-straight as she improved to 21-6 on the year. She is 11-2 in dual match play this year.
Junior Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph (Tampa, Fla.) followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 over Sasha Inchauste. The Huskies went up 3-1 after senior Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) finished off Hannah Boubel 6-2 and 6-3 at No. 2.
Army grabbed a win at No. 6 but the Huskies closed out the win with wins by senior Zaina Zaki (West Chester, Pa.) and junior Jacqueline Lazaro (Largo, Fla.). Zaki won her No. 5 match over Gloria Son, 6-2 and 7-5 while Lazaro nabbed her 21st win of the season with a three-set win over Danna Funaro, 4-6, 7-5 and 10-4.
“In singles, Lizzy sent a message that we were going to put in the work, by winning her match in two quick sets,” stated Marshall. “Summer and Fitzy followed suit by winning with steady smart play, also in straight sets. Cassie had a tough match up at number 6 singles, but Zaina stepped up and clinched the team match with a very focused second set. Laz was also impressive, coming from behind and winning in three sets to get us the 5-2 result.”
“Our confidence from last night’s match really showed in our singles today, and I am very proud of their work and effort today.”