EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team rebounded from dropping the doubles point to take four of the six singles contests on the way to a 4-3 win over instate rival Fairfield on Thursday afternoon from the East Hartford Tennis Club. The Huskies improved to 4-6 in dual match play this season.
In doubles, UConn's No. 3 team of sophomore Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) posted a 6-3 win over Ethan Ammon and Dylan Appel, putting the doubles point in the hands of the No. 1 winner. Fairfield's team of Brad Orban and Anthony Caputo sealed the opening point with a 7-6 (1) tie-breaker win.
The Huskies took four singles matches at the No.3 through No. 6 spots to earn the win. UConn's Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) opened with a dominating 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 3 over Jeffrey Rodgers, improving to 10-7 on the year. Fairfield pulled back in front, 2-1, after a win by Orban at No. 1.
From there, it was all UConn as ripped off wins by Warren, freshman Jacob Appleton (Farmington, Conn.) and Hill to clinch the match. Warren won at No. 5 over Tyler Shibles, 6-3 and 7-6 (5) followed by Appleton at No. 4, 6-4, 6-4 over Appel. Warren matched Valentin at 10-7 in singles on the season.
Hill sealed the Huskies fourth win on the season with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 6 over Peter Colliard, his ninth singles win on the year.
The Huskies remain at home on will host Siena on Saturday, March 4 at the East Hartford Tennis Club.