Feb. 12, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The UConn men's tennis team opened the 2011 season with a 4-3 win over Army on Saturday afternoon in West Point, N.Y. at the Lichtenberg Tennis Center. For the Huskies, it was the second win against Army in program history.
With the win, UConn improves to 1-0 in the spring, while Army drops to 1-4 overall.
The Huskies' swept their matches in doubles' competition led by senior Andrew Marcus and junior Scott Warden, who defeated Army's Tripp Johnson and Alex Holland 8-5. Dave Adams and Jai Yoon also tallied an 8-5 victory over Army's Rommel Verano and Henry Jang-Milsten.
In singles' action, UConn took three of six matches as Warden won his No. 2 singles' match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Army's Jang-Milsten. In No. 5 singles, freshman Ryan Carr came from behind to defeat Allen Xu with a final score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In No. 6 singles, Lin battled Army's Josh Cook in a close match, coming out with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Army took the No. 1, 3 and 4 singles' matches as Marcus lost to Johnson in a pair of 6-3 sets. Yoon dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision in No. 3 singles to Holland, while in No. 4 singles, Verano defeated Adams 6-4, 4-6 and 7-5.
With the match tied 2-2, Adams, Carr and Lin were all going into their third sets as Adams and his opponent held serve up until Adams' last service game, where he was broken. The Huskies fell down 3-2 before Carr battled back from falling behind 3-0 to come back to take the second set. He battled long and exhausting points until he was able to break midway through the third set and was able to hold on to the victory.
With the match tied at three a piece, Lin was the last one on the court. He had numerous set points in the first set but was unable to convert. He got an early break in the second set and did so in the third, catching an early break with the help of a clutch backhand topspin lob. Up 5-2 in the third with his opponent serving, both teams were on the sidelines getting into the action. The final game went deuce/ad multiple times before Lin pulled out a thrilling victory for the Huskies.
The win was a team effort for the Huskies as Ricardo Cardona, Matt Burns and Teddy Margules played pivotal roles by being very vocal from the sidelines to help the Huskies earn their second all-time win over the Army program.
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