CUMBERLAND, R.I. – The UConn men’s team traveled to Bryant University on Saturday, falling 6-1 to the Bulldogs. The Huskies will return home on Sunday to host Boston University on Senior Day at the Magic Lincer Tennis Academy in Manchester, Conn.
“We had opportunities to pull out the match at No. 1 and 3 doubles with both courts holding 5-4 leads but only able to convert one of them,” commented associate head coach Reinaldo Valor. “Bryant is a good team and we need to get the doubles point in such a closely contested match.”
The Huskies’ No. 3 doubles team of juniors Hank Hill (Pontre Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) posted a win over Nick Lamart and John Templeman, 7-6 (6), their 16th win together this season. At No. 1, junior Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) and freshman John Michael Holtmann (Coral Gables, Fla.) lost a tough 7-6 (6) match to Michael Plutt and Arthur Jakubowski.
In singles, the Huskies got their lone point from Holtmann at No. 5 where he beat Trent Massam, 6-1 and 6-3, earning his 12th victory on the year.
Hill lost a tough battle at No. 2 to Jakubowski, 7-5 and 7-6 (4) while McLister fell in three sets at No. 4 to Wilson Dong, 4-6, 6-1 and 6-3. Senior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) lost a three-set battle at No. 6 to Anshumat Srivastava, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6).
“We are playing our best tennis but just need to handle the momentum swings a bit better,” said Valor. “The guys came out strong in singles, taking the first set at No. 4 and 5 and we were up 5-2 on Hank’s (Hill) court. I’m proud of the effort and we are all excited to take on BU tomorrow on senior day.”
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