NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team was clipped by the Fairfield Stags on Friday night, falling 4-3 in a dual match contested at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center at Yale. The Huskies fall to 3-6 with the loss.
"We had the match on our racquet to win and couldn't pull it out," stated assoicate head coach Reinaldo Valor. "The guys are competing hard and playing well. Closing out matches has been a struggle so far this season but I know we are capable. The goal is to keep creating these opportunities and start to convert."
In doubles action, the Huskies No. 1 team of junior Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) and sophomore Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) posted a 6-4 win over Anthony Caputo and Tyler Shibles. The Stags grabbed the opening point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3.
In singles, the Huskies and Stags split the six matches. Junior Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) and freshman Yili Zheng (Shanghai, China) picked-up their team-leading 11th wins of the season. At No. 1 Zheng beat Shibles, 6-3 and 7-5.
McLister earned a win at No. 4, beating Caputo 6-3 and 6-2. The Huskies other win came at No. 5 where freshman John Michael Holtmann won in three sets over Dylan Appel. Holtmann dropped the first set, 6-1 but answered with a 6-4 and 6-4 win.
The Huskies are on the road again on Saturday night heading to Long Island to face the Hofstra Pride.
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