March 18, 2011
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team won its third consecutive match with a 4-2 win over Fairfield on Thursday afternoon in Fairfield, Conn.
Led by the play of Scott Warden and Andrew Marcus, the Huskies defeated Fairfield in the non-conference match, improving their record to 5-2 this spring and 8-2 on the year. The early 5-2 record ties the Huskies' best start of spring action as UConn went 5-2 in its first seven matches in 2009. That year, UConn improved its record to 6-2 in its first eight matches before recording back-to-back losses to Georgetown and St. John's.
UConn's 8-2 record so far this season, including both fall and spring matches, is the best start for the Huskies since the 1999-2000 season. During that year, UConn was 5-2 in fall action before opening the spring with eight consecutive wins to improve to 13-2 heading into post-season play.
In the Huskies' match at Fairfield on Thursday, Marcus and Warden battled in a close doubles' match and eventually took the double point with a win in a tiebreaker over Fairfield's Joe Michalism and Mark Kremheller. They won the match 9-8 (3). Ricardo Cardona and Wei Lin won No. 3 doubles with an 8-5 win over the Stags' Dan Sauter and Bjom Merinder.
After taking the doubles' point, Fairfield took a 2-1 lead with wins in No. 1 and No. 3 singles. UConn's Marcus fell to Michalism in a pair of 6-4 sets, while Jai Yoon dropped a 6-4, 6-2 match to Fairfield's Dennis Zlobinsky.
Lin closed out his match with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Reece Breault in No. 6 singles, while freshman Ryan Carr edged Rob Ferrante 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 5 spot.
Warden remained in control this spring, winning his singles' match in the No. 2 spot. Warden handed Dan Sauter a 6-4, 7-6 (3) defeat to improve his singles' record this spring to 6-1. This season the junior is 5-1 in No. 2 singles action and 1-0 in the No. 1 spot. In doubles' play, he and Marcus are undefeated in the No. 1 spot with a 7-0 record after the win over Fairfield.
Dave Adams matched up with Mark Kremheller and battled to a 5-7, 6-4 effort before their match was called due to darkness.
UConn will return to action on Sunday, March 20 at Brown in Providence, R.I. The scheduled start time is 2:30 p.m.