GREENVILLE, N.C. - The UConn men's tennis team closed out the regular season over the weekend with a pair of matches down at American Athletic Conference rival ECU. The Huskies fell to Richmond on Saturday, 7-0, and the host Pirates on Sunday afternoon, 5-2.
"Sunday’s match was one of our best all season with our energy and intensity, it was outstanding” stated associate head coach Reinaldo Valor. “We have had this match circled on the calendar all year and the guys played great tennis.”
“Four out of the six singles matches went to three sets. Losing one of our starters in singles and one from the doubles line up and to still have an opportunity to win the match was an outstanding effort. I’m so proud of the team and we are looking forward to keep the momentum going in the conference tournament.
Against ECU, the Pirates opened by winning the doubles point but the Huskies gave them all they could handle in singles play. UConn grabbed a pair of three set victories from junior Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) and freshman Yili Zheng (Shanghai, China).
McLister won a battle at No. 4 over Kasey Countee, taking the first set 7-6 (3) but needing to rebound from a 6-1 loss in the second to win 7-5 in the third. McLister improved to a team-best 16-13 in singles this season.
At No. 1, Zheng took Vlad Anghel down in three sets for his 13th singles win this season. Zheng won 6-4, 4-6, and 6-1.
UConn junior Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) lost a tough three-set decision at No. 2 to Freddie McGeehan, 6-7 (3), 6-2 and 6-3. At No. 5, senior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) lost a three-setter to Wisse Jonker, 4-6, 6-3 and 10-3.
On Saturday, UConn fell to Richmond in a match contested at ECU. “The team played well with great intensity but Richmond played the key points better,” stated Valro. “The scores don’t reflect the opportunities we had to take control of the match.”
The Huskies will now move on to the postseason and the AAC Championship Tournament starting April 19 at the SMU Tennis Complex in Dallas, Texas.
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