Women's tennis overcomes early deficit to top Quinnipiac
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 23:10
Despite falling behind early to Quinnipiac Tuesday afternoon, the UConn women's tennis team overcame a tough Bobcats squad, 5-2. Led by Srna Stosljevic in the No.1 singles position, the sophomore Serbian native outlasted Jacqueline Raynor in three sets 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. Emma Alderman, Lucy Nutting, Shea Flanagan and Jennifer Learmonth were also victorious and the Huskies’ only loss came from a hard-fought battle between Maxie Weinberg and Sydney Young.
The match did not start off in UConn's favor, as the Huskies dropped the first two matches in the doubles portion of the inter-state rivalry. Weinberg and Stosljevic were defeated 8-3 by Rachel Horton and Young. The No. 2 doubles match continued in Quinnipiac's favor as Michelle Dassa and Raynor took down Alderman and Nutting, 8-3.
Dassa and Raynor continued their doubles dominance at the No. 2 spot, collecting their 42nd win playing together, according to Quinnipiac Athletics.
In the third and final match of the doubles competition, Flanagan and Learmonth were finally able to get the Huskies on the right track, defeating their opponents 8-3.
The continued effort from the entire UConn squad has brought plenty of success early in the season. The unique balance between underclassman like Alderman, Flanagan and Stosljevic and the experienced older players Weinberg and Learmonth seems to be a formula for success. And with veteran leaders like Marie Gargiulo, Learmonth and Nutting who look to instill the drive in their teammates, there could be no stopping the Huskies come the latter portion of the season.