April 9, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - On a windy day at the University of Connecticut Tennis Courts, the UConn Huskies won four of six singles matches to come away with a 4-3 win over Southern New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 7-11 overall with the win.
Despite the sunny spring day, both teams were forced to adjust to some very tough wind conditions Wednesday afternoon. SNHU took advantage early, grabbing the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2. The UConn #3 team of junior Joshua Palmer (Dalton, Pa.) and freshman Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) did earn an 8-5 win over Evan Eaton and Mark Dobek before the match moved on to singles play.
The Huskies fell behind 3-0 after singles losses at #2 and #3 but began their climb back when sophomore Zac McEntee (Yorba Linda, Calif.) got UConn on the board at #6. McEntee finished off Mark Dobek, 6-0 and 6-1 to give the Huskies their first point and cut the lead to 3-1.
Goldstein and sophomore Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.) knotted the match at 3-3 with singles wins at #4 and #5. Goldstein posted a 6-2 and 6-2 win over Alex Mukdaprakorn at #4 and Ginzberg won 6-3 and 6-2 over Evan Eaton at #5. Goldstein picked up his 10th singles win of the season.
The match came down to the #1 singles contest between UConn's Wayne Harrell (East Hartford, Conn.) and SNHU's Mitch Dobek. Harrell delivered the win and the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win, his team leading 14th singles victory this season.
"Wayne Harrell played very well under the pressure, getting a late break of serve at 6-5 and successfully serving out the match to clinch the win for us," stated head coach Michael Louis. "He (Wayne) played great under the pressure and really stepped up his game for us today. This was a hard fought team victory."