March 10, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Connecticut men's tennis team fell in a closely contested match with Northern Illinois on Wednesday at Rollins College. It was the Huskies final match of the spring break trip and with the 4-3 loss drop to 2-4 this season and a 5-5-1 record overall.
"It is definitely disappointing anytime you lose a match 4-3," assistant coach Mike Louis said. "We fell a little short today against a very solid team, but it was not due to lack of effort. Our team showed a lot of heart and fight today, just as they have all season."
Northern Illinois secured a lead going into singles with a victory over junior Andrew Marcus (Potomac, Md.) and sophomore Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio) at No. 1 doubles. The Huskies split the second and third doubles, winning at No. 3 and losing the battle at second. Seniors Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz.) and Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) defeated Javier Bernabe and Greg Czajkowski, 8-6.
Cook evened the match quickly with a decisive two-set (6-0, 6-0) decision from the sixth singles spot. The UConn Huskies fell behind with sophomore Jai Yoon (Bayside, N.Y.) and Goldstein losing their matches at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively. Marcus lost a 7-5, 6-0 match at No. 1 before UConn was able to even the score.
Sophomore Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.) won the lone three-set match of the day over Max Phillips at No. 5 while Warden secured another Huskies' victory at No. 3.
UConn returns a bit closer to home with a 4 p.m. match against Brown in Providence, R.I. on Saturday, March 20.