VERONA, N.Y. - The UConn men's tennis team opened up their spring season over the weekend with a trio of dual matches at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. The Huskies took on Marist, Binghamton and Bryant over the weekend, dropping all three matches.
In Friday's match-up with Marist, the Huskies dropped a 5-2 decision to the Red Foxes. The Huskies got singles wins at #1 and #6. R-Senior Jacob Speyer (Denver, Colo.) won a three-set battle with Justin Chanthalangsy at the top spot. Spreyer fell 7-6 (3) in the first set but posted 6-4, 6-4 wins in the second and third for the point. At #6, senior Zac McEntee (Yorba Linda, Calif.) won 6-1 and 6-4 over Carlos Mareno.
On Saturday, UConn fell to Binghamton 6-1. The lone UConn point came in singles play as junior Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) won a three-set battle with Frank Kote, losing the first 6-2 but rebounding to win 7-5 and 11-9.
The Huskies closed out the weekend trip Sunday morning falling 4-3 to Bryant. The Huskeis opened the match by winning the doubles point but Bryant got singles wins at the top-four spots to take the match.
Goldstein and McEntee teamed for a win at #2 doubles over Josh Kliger and Nick Lamart, 7-5. Freshman Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) and junior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) sealed the win at #3, winning 6-4 over Scott Plutt and Richard Sipala.
In singles, McEntee and sophomore Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) both won three set matches at #5 and #6, respectively. McEntee beat Arthur Jakubowski, 7-5, 2-6 and 10-8 while Edwards posted a 0-6, 6-3, 10-8 win over Jorge Ortiz-Garcia.
Valentin and Warren each fell in three-set fights in singles play. Valentin lost at #3 to Luke Lorenz, 1-6, 6-3 and 6-1. Warren came up short at #4, falling to Michael Plutt, 6-7, 6-1 and 6-3.
The Huskies are next in action on February 5th and 6th when they travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army and Monmouth.
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