ELKTON, Md. - The UConn men's tennis team opened up their season on Friday, falling short in a 5-2 loss at the University of Delaware. The Huskies fall to 2-1 in dual matches and will finish up their road trip Saturday night at Villanova.
The Huskies got a singles and doubles win from freshman Yili Zheng (Shanghai, China) on Friday. UConn opened the match by clinching the doubles point, carrying a 1-0 lead into singles play. From there, the Blue Hens took over and took five of the six matches.
“We jumped out to a great start, winning the doubles point,” stated associate head coach Reinaldo Valor. “In singles, we got off to a good start as well, on court one winning the first set. Delaware played well but we couldn’t execute at the level we needed to today. Our best tennis is still in front of us and I know the guys will raise their level tomorrow.”
In doubles, the Huskies No. 2 team of freshman Zheng and senior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) grabbed a 6-2 win over Blaise Casselbury and Dustin Britton. UD bounced back at No. 3 to even the doubles at 1-1 but the Huskies would clinch at No. 1 with junior Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) and Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) posting a 6-3 win over Laurenz Lankes and Colin Wong.
In singles, Zheng came away with a three-set victory at No. 1 but Delaware swept the remaining five for the win. Zheng beat Curran Verma, 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4 for his ninth win on the season.
Junior Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) lost a hard fought three-set battle at No. 2 to Wong, 6-4, 4-6, and 6-3.
The Huskies and Villanova Wildcats take the court Saturday night at 6 pm.
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