LAKE NONA, Fla. - The UConn men's tennis team was knocked out of the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship tournament on Thursday after losing a hard-fought battle with East Carolina, 4-1, at the USTA National Campus. The Huskies finish their season 9-12 overall.
The Huskies took the opening match of doubles play as the No.1 team of seniors Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) and Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) stopped Freddie McGeehan and James Ling, 6-3.
ECU picked-up the opening point with wins at No.2 and No.3. Senior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) lost to Vlad Anghel and Fredric Lehfeldt, 6-4, followed by freshmen Jacob Appleton (Farmington, Conn.) and Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) losing to Kasey Countee and Ronny Georgi, 6-2.
In singles, ECU took a 3-0 lead as Anghel and Georgi posted consecutive wins at No.2 and No.3. UConn grabbed a point at No.6 where sophomore Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) continued his excellent play of late, beating Will Bissett, 6-4 and 6-4. McLister closed the year winning three-straight and finished 6-3 over his final nine matches.
The Huskies pushed all three of the remaining matches to a third set. At No.1, Toner dropped the first set to McGeehan 6-3 but won the second 6-3. At No.5, Valentin lost his first set to Countee 6-0, but stormed back to take the second set 7-6 (3).
The deciding match was at No.4 where Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) battled Lehfeldt. Warren lost the opening set 6-2 but came back strong to win the second 6-1. Lehfeldt had to hold off a late Warren charge in the third set to take it 6-4 sending ECU on to the next round.