STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s tennis team opened their fall season over the weekend hosting their annual tournament on the Storrs campus. The Huskies had four players advance into the semifinals in singles play and played their best tennis of the weekend on Saturday, posting an 18-7 record as a team.
"This was a solid start to our season, especially at home. Our guys were excited for this weekend, we played a ton of tennis and got quality match experience. Our team as a whole competed well; Parker, Justin, Jacob and Arnaud had particularly good tournaments getting into the semis of their flights. This should give us a lot of confidence heading into next weekend at Yale."
Sophomore Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) played his way into the semis of the “A” flight in singles and teamed with classmate Hank Hill (Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.) to reach the semifinals of the “A” flight in doubles. Warren beat George Samander of Bentley, 6-1 and 6-1, and got to the semifinal with a three-set win over Julian Rozenstein of Quinnipiac, 6-4, 1-6, 11-9. He came up just short of reaching the final, falling in three sets to Josh Kliger of Bryant, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4.
In doubles, Warren and Hill beat Matt Kuhar and Kliger of Bryant, 6-4, and Freddie Zaretsky and Axel Stern of Quinnipiac, 6-4. The duo battled in the semifinal but came up short in a 7-6 (5) loss to Kei Ezaka and Rozenstein of QU. Hill played his way to the finals of the singles consolation bracket with a pair of wins over Brett Gilman of Bentley and Ryoma Haraguchi of QU, before falling to Luke Lorenz of Bryant in a three-set battle, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 10-8.
Senior Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) also advanced to the semifinal of the “A” flight, winning 6-4, 6-4 over Sacred Heart’s Seji Hosokowa and 6-4, 1-0 (retired) over QU’s Zaretsky. In the “B” flight, freshman Jacob Appleton (Farmington, Conn.) won his first two matches, beating Del Valle Diaz of Sacred Heart, 6-3, 6-1 and Michael Plutt of Bryant, 6-1, 7-5.
In the “D” flight, senior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) got the semifinals with a pair of victories. He beat Tayyab Sheikh of Merrimack, 6-1 and 6-1, and beat Kendall Au of Bentley, 6-1 and 6-1.
Freshman Evan Powell (Guilford, Conn.) got his first collegiate win in the “D” flight, beating Anthony Santino of SHU, 6-3 and 6-1, then lost in three-sets to John Templeman of Bryant, 6-2 and 6-3.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend in the Connecticut State Championship tournament at Yale University.