MELBOURNE, Fla. - The UConn men's tennis team closed out their spring break trip to Florida on Friday with a 5-2 win at Florida Tech. The Huskies improved to 6-8 overall on the year with the win.
UConn dropped a pair of 7-0 matches at the beginning of the week to Florida Atlantic and George Washington before rallying to top the Panthers to close their spring break. The Huskies took control of the match with a pair of wins at No.2 and No.3 doubles for the opening point and then took four of the six singles bouts.
The freshman tandem of Jacob Appleton (Farmington, Conn.) and Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) opened with a 6-4 win over James Finnigan and JJ Clark at No. 3. Senior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) clinched the point by beating Wade Ball and Tjimon Louisy in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3).
Florida Tech pulled in front 2-1 in the match thanks to back-to-back wins at No.1 and No.4 but the Huskies stormed back and swept the final five singles matches for the win. Appleton and Hill were double winners by taking their No. 3 and No. 5 matches. Appleton defeated Ball in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Senior Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) put UConn up for good with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win at No.2 over Ricardo Corona. Hill clinched the win at No.5, beating Jose Martinez, 6-2 and 6-2. UConn closed out the day at No.6 with sophomore Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) beating Gerard Carpinell, 6-2 and 6-3.
The Huskies will return home and be back on the court on Sunday, March 26 when they host Hofstra in Storrs.