Freshman Christopher Toner
April 6, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team dropped a pair of dual matches on the road over the weekend, falling at Georgetown, 6-0, and at Villanova, 4-3. The Huskies fell to 6-11 overall and will return to their home court on the Storrs campus to host a pair of matches this week in their final tune-up before the American Athletic Conference Championship.
On Saturday, the Husky men and women took on Georgetown and both opened playing singles. The men dropped all six singles matches and did not contest the doubles in falling 6-0. Juniors Wayne Harrell (East Windsor, Conn.) and Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) each lost hard fought three-set matches.
Harrell fell to Daniel Khanin after winning the first set, 7-6. Khanin rebounded to win 6-3 and 6-1 at #1. Spreyer took on Shane Korber at #2 singles and lost the first set 6-4 before forcing a third set with a 7-6 win in the second. Korber finished it with a 6-3 victory in the deciding third set.
On Sunday, the Huskies came up short in a battle with Villanova, falling 4-3. "We got off to a great start in doubles winning at number 2 and 3," commented head coach Michael Louis. "Jacob and Chris played well at #2 and controlled most of the match from the start. Josh and Parker played well at #3 to get off to an early lead and hold off a late push by Villanova to win 8-6 and clinch the doubles point for us."
Spreyer and freshman Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) pulled away for an 8-2 win over Tim Abbracciamento and Bradley Noves at #2. At #3, junior Joshua Palmer (Dalton, Pa.) and freshman Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) sealed the doubles point for the Huskies thanks to an 8-6 win over Matt Colonnese and Michael Rosengren.
Toner gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead, finishing off his #4 singles match with Ryan Peyton, 6-3 and 6-2. From there Villanova won four-straight to seal the victory. Goldstein pushed his #5 singles match to three sets, winning the second set 6-4 but falling 7-5 and 6-1.
Spreyer got the Huskies other singles victory, winning in three at #2 over Mark Miller. Spreyer won 7-6 in the first, dropped the second 6-4 and took a 10-7 decision in a third set super breaker for the point.
"Going in to singles we the guys were feeling good and playing well," said Louis. "The first four matches to go out we're #1, 4, 5, 6. Chris played a great match to get us another team point at 4 singles. Parker did a good job of pushing the match to 3 sets. Ryan played a tough match, lost a close first set in a tiebreaker. In the second set he went down a late break of serve, almost got the break back for 5-5 but fell short and lost 6-4 in the second."
The Huskies are back on the court on Wednesday afternoon hosting Southern New Hampshire at 3:30 pm.