BETHPAGE, N.Y. - The UConn men's tennis team fell short at Hofstra Saturday night, losing 5-2 to the Pride. The Huskies dropped to 3-7 overall with the loss.
"The guys won convincingly at number three doubles and were serving 5-2 at number one doubles," stated associate head coach Reinaldo Valor. "We didn’t step up in the big moments and Hofstra did. We need to have a great week of practice and try to turn things around on spring break matches."
The Huskies opened doubles play with an impressive 6-0 win at No. 3 by the junior tandem of Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) over Santiago Haas and Nick Silvestri. The Pride rebounded and took the point with a 7-5 clinching win at No. 1 by Coco Haener and Niko Vulinovich over Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) and Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.).
Hofstra rolled their momentum into singles play and took four of the six matches. The Huskies got a win by McLister at No. 4 over Vulinovich, 6-3 and 6-0. Senior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palm, S.C.) won at No. 6 over Haas, 6-3 and 6-0.
It was McLister's 12th win on the season and Edwards' 11th. McLister and Hill earned their 14th win together this season in doubles.
The Huskies will head to IMG Academy in Bradeton, Fla. for their spring break trip and face the likes of Drexel, Colgate and Quinnipiac on the trip.
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