MERRIAM, Kan. – UMKC women’s tennis (1-3) fell 4-3 to UConn (3-2) Sunday at the Kansas City Racquet Club. The Roos won two singles matches and claimed the doubles point but were unable to finish the Huskies on the singles courts.
“The ladies came out today with a lot of energy in the doubles and had two massive comebacks to win on courts No. 1 and No. 3,” assistant coach David Heckler said. “Unfortunately, in singles we couldn’t find the third win we needed to clinch the match. The Roos fought well and it was a fight. There are a lot of positive we took out of this match that will help us throughout the rest of our season.”
In doubles Melinda Johnson (Overland Park, Kan.) and Yana Grechkina (Vladimir, Russia) came back to win the No. 1 contest over Emma Alderman and Yelyzaveta Pletnyeva, 6-4. The Roos clinched the doubles point in the No. 3 match as Mariam Kurasbediani (Tbilsi, Georgia) and Thanushree Vale (Chennai, India) defeated Zaina Zaki and Jacqueline Lazaro, 7-6. Marina Albert (Thebes, Egypt) and Aliona Ladutska (Minsk, Belarus) fell 6-3 to Jacquelyn Fitz-Randolph and Gillian Perrotta on the No. 2 court.
In singles, UConn won the No. 1 – No. 4 matches to earn the victory. Ladutska dropped 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 match to Alderman in No. 1 play. Johnson was defeated 6-4, 6-3 by Pletnyeva on the No. 2 court. Albert fell 6-3, 6-1 to Fitz-Randolph in No. 3 competition while Grechkina was beaten by Summer Walker, 6-3, 6-0 in No. 4 play. Katie Fries (Overland Park, Kan.) beat Shea Flanagan, 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 in the No. 5 match and Kurasbediani defeated Perrotta in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 to win on the No. 6 court.
The Roos will host Wichita State and Mizzou on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT, respectively.
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