Women's tennis looks to open season with a win
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 23:09
The UConn women's tennis team will open the fall season with the Fairfield Doubles Festival at Fairfield University this weekend.
As the Huskies have been able to rest up after a long 2012-13 season, this year's squad looks full of talent especially with the addition of freshman, Emma Alderman. Alderman will likely challenge for a top spot in the lineup in both singles and doubles.
"I believe that this season we are going to do very well because in the last year we have improved so much as a team both mentally and physically," sophomore Srna Stosljevic.
Individually, Stosljevic will look to develop her already deadly serve while also looking to remain "mentally focused in my matches and working on my serve in pressure situations."
Coach Glenn Marshall, who has more two decades with the UConn tennis program has a side led by seniors Marie Gargiulo, Jennifer Learmonth and Lucy Nutting. The trio of seniors will look to motivate the younger members of the team including the talents of Maxene Weinberg, Abby McKeon and Natalie Robson. At the same time, members Alexandra Bergman, Emilie Burgess will also look to better their last season singles performances. In the spring 2013, Marshall's team finished 48-61, while their doubles contingents finished with a 25-27 record.
After only losing Julia Allen and Sarah Griffin to graduation, UConn brings back a strong core to improve upon last season. In doubles, McKeon and Nutting will look to continue where they left off last term in the number one doubles spot – finishing with an overall record of 6-11 in the spring. Stosljevic and Weinberg pair together in a young and promising partnership, which will look to improve upon their 10-7 finish overall.
Stosljevic said that last year's seniors "were amazing leaders and helped me through my freshman year, and I looked up to those girls a lot. This fall we are going to have another group of great seniors who I know will do