March 18, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team traveled to Puerto Rico for spring break and have posted a pair of wins to open their annual trip. The Huskies posted a 6-1 win over Nichols College and a 4-3 victory over Colgate to start their trip and improve their record to 5-7 on the season.
The Huskies close out competition on the trip on Tuesday when they take on Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.
UConn got the week started with a 6-1 win over Nichols College on Sunday. The Huskies opened the match by winning the doubles point. Junior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) posted an 8-3 win over Jake Zapatka and Carlos De la Cruz at #2 while the team of junior Joshua Palmer (Dalton, Pa.) and freshman Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) defeated Josh Halpern and Dan Roman 8-2.
In singles play, UConn took five of the six singles match led by junior Wayner Harrell (East Windsor, Conn.) who picked-up his team-leading 12th singles win. Harrell beat Justin DeLuca in three-sets at #1, rebounding from a 6-3 loss in the first to win 6-5 and 10-8 in a tiebreaker set.
Senior Ryan Carr (Madison, Conn.) posted a 6-1 and 6-2 win over Joan Castillo at #3 and Toner earned a 6-3 and 6-2 win over Zapatka at #4. Goldstein won 6-2 and 6-4 over De la Cruz and #5 and sophomore Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.) earned a 6-4, 6-3 win at #6 over Josh Halpern.
On Monday, the Huskies battled their way to a hard-fough 4-3 win over the Colgate Raiders. UConn dropped the doubles point and trailed 3-2 after four singles matched before Carr and Toner closed the match with victories to secure the Huskies' second-straight match win.
Carr battled Nick Laub to a 7-6 win in the first set and then took the point with a 6-2 win the second, evening the match at 3-3. Toner dropped the first set of his match at #4 with Archer McFall, 6-4. Toner fought his way to a 7-6 win in the second set and then delivered the win with a commanding 6-1 win in the third.
"I'm proud of how our team competed and stayed composed through out the entire Colgate match," stated head coach Michael Louis. "This was a collective team victory and our guys should take a lot of confidence from this. We rebounded well in singles after losing the doubles point. "
"Chris did a heck of a job of staying focused and battling back from a set down. Being the last guy on the court knowing the outcome of the team match is in your hands is not easy at all. He really stepped up today for his teammates."
Toner's two singles win gave him 10 singles wins on the season.
The other Husky singles victories came from Spreyer at #2 over Alan Pleat, 6-2, 6-1, and Goldstein defeated Bobby Alter 6-4 and 6-4 at #5.
The doubles team of Harrell and Carr notched their 13th victory of the season and improved to 13-9 on with an 8-5 win over Luke Gensburg and Alter.
"This was an exciting win for us today."