MELBOURNE, Fla. - The UConn men's tennis team opened their spring break trip on Monday afternoon falling to Florida Tech, 4-3 to fall to 2-9 on the season. The Huskies will play Embry-Riddle and Bethune Cookman to close out their Florida trip while still searching for their first dual match victory of the spring season.
The Huskies got the match started by winning the doubles point with victories in the #1 and #3 positions. Senior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) won 6-4 over Beau Fieldsend and Mattias Hartmann at #1 and after Florida Tech evened the doubles play with a win at #2 it would come down to the #3 spot. The junior duo of Zac McEntee (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.) earned UConn the opening point with a 6-4 win over Aria Canadell Solana and Jose Martinez.
Florida Tech bounced back and took four of the six singles matches starting with back-to-back wins at #5 and #6 to jump up 2-1 on the Huskies. UConn jumped back in front 3-2 in the match thanks to McEntee and Toner picking up wins at #2 and #3, respectively. McEntee battled back from dropping the first set, 6-4, to Hartmann to win 6-1 and 6-3. Toner also won in three sets, going 6-4 and 6-4 after dropping the first set 6-3 to Patrick Hernandez.
Solana outlasted Ginzberg at #4 in three sets to even the match at 3-3, winning 6-7, 6-4 and 6-4. The deciding point came down to the #1 singles spot where Spreyer lost a three-set battle with Fieldsand. Spreyer won the first set, 6-4, but fell just short losing 7-6 and 7-6 in the next two.
The Huskies will face Embry-Riddle on Tuesday afternoon from Daytona Beach, Fla.