April 12, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team posted a 7-0 win over in-state rival Sacred Heart on "Senior Day" Saturday afternoon on the University of Connecticut Tennis Courts. The Huskies honored their lone senior Ryan Carr (Madison, Conn.) who was playing in his final dual match for UConn.
"With today being our senior day, the guys had a little extra to play for," stated head coach Michael Louis. "We wanted to make sure Ryan Carr completed his career on a high note. Ryan has done so much for this program as a student-athlete. A lot of our success this season is because of his leadership."
Carr and junior teammate Wayne Harrell (East Hartford, Conn.) led the doubles sweep with an 8-7 win over Kevin Budrawich and Matt Dean playing at #1. The duo finish the regular season with a 17-11 doubles record, tops on the team.
The junior-freshman tandem of Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) and Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) won at #2, 8-5, over Justin Pagan and Brian Power. Spreyer and Toner head into the postseason with a 15-10 doubles record as a team and are now 6-4 in their last 10 matches.
The doubles sweep was finished off by the team of Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) and Joshua Palmer (Dalton, Pa.) who beat Anthony Savino and Luka Bagi, 8-4. Goldstein and Palmer end the year winning four-straight matches together and improved to 8-6.
In singles, dropped just one set in winning all six matches. Harrell won at #1, 6-3 and 6-1 over Power to end the regular season 15-11 overall. Spreyer won at #2 over Pagan, 6-2 and 7-6 while Carr won 6-1 and 6-4 over Budrawich at #3.
Toner and sophomore Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.) each picked-up their 12th singles wins of the season. Toner dropped the first set 6-3 to Matt Dean but answered with a 7-5 and 10-6 win at #4. Ginzberg won his #6 singles match-up with Bagi, 6-3 and 7-6. Goldstein grabbed his 11th victory of the season at #5, beating Savio 6-3 and 6-1.
"We got off to a very strong start by sweeping doubles and then did a great job of carrying that momentum and confidence into singles," commented Louis. "I was proud of our guys today. They didn't get outside of themselves and just played each and every point."
The Huskies will move on to the post season and the American Athletic Conference Championships scheduled for April 17-20 at the University of Memphis.