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Men's Tennis Wins Opening Match at BIG EAST Championship

April 29, 2011


SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The UConn men's tennis team defeated Villanova 4-2 in the Huskies' first match of the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Tennis Championships in South Bend, Ind.

"Prior to this season, we had lost to Villanova three straight years in the BIG EAST Tournament," said Director of Tennis Glenn Marshall. "This was a huge match for us in so many ways. It was capped off by senior Andrew Marcus clinching the victory, winning our fourth match."

Marcus, who played in No. 1 singles, defeated Villanova's Thomas O'Brien in a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker set before O'Brien took the second set with a 6-3 victory. Marcus bounced back, taking the final set 6-1 to clinch the match victory for the Huskies.

Dave Adams led things off for the Huskies on the afternoon as he brought in the first point with a pair of 6-2 set wins over Ryan Peyton. Villanova tied it at one as UConn's Jai Yoon fell to Trenton Alenik 6-3, 6-1. Scott Warden won No. 2 singles over David Shaheen, taking the match with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Ryan Carr followed with a win in No. 5 singles as he downed Kyle Grandin 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

After Wei Lin fell to Matt Colonnese 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, Marcus came back to clinch the win for the Huskies.

All singles' matches were played first due to the inclement weather and the Huskies prevailed, taking four of the six singles' matches.



UConn will face top-seeded Louisville on Friday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship in South Bend.