NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The UConn Huskies got a pair of prime performances from senior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) who each claimed as share of the B Singles title at the Connecticut State Championship at Yale University over the weekend.
"Great weekend overall for our team," stated head coach Michael Louis. "Especially for Arnaud and Justin to make a run like they did. Both had to battle back from a set down in their semifinal matches; that shows toughness."
The Husky duo both won four-straight matches in the B Flight bracket to advance into the final to share the championship. Valentin opened his weekend with a 6-5, 7-6 (6) win over Fairfield's Anthony Caputo and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Timo Tanzer of Marist. On Saturday, Valentin rang up wins over Farfield's Dylan Appel in three-sets, 6-0, 4-6, 11-9 in the quarters and beat Nicolas deQuesda of Boston College to earn his spot in the finals.
Warren opened his tournament with a win over a Stag as well, beating Gabriel Pamich 6-2 and 6-1. He ended day one with a three-set win over Quinnipiac's Jackson Koke, 4-6, 6-2, 10-3. On Saturday, Warren earned two more wins beating a pair of players from Marist. In the quarterfinal, Warren beat Carlos Moreno 6-3 and 6-2 and then advanced to the final with a three-set win over Max Darrington, 2-6, 6-4 and 10-7.
Both Valentin and Warren are off to scorching starts to the fall season, both posting matching 6-1 singles records. In doubles, Warren has a 4-2 start to his season and got to the quarterfinals in this weekend's tournament. Teaming with classmate Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), the duo notched a pair of wins by beating Sacred Heart's Cory Seltman and Anthony Savio, 6-4, and Fairfield's Ethan Ammon and Appel, 6-3. They just missed a spot in the semifinal by falling 7-5 to Quinnipiac's Axel Stern and Austin Yannone.
Hill along with senior Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) both also played their way into the quarterfinals in singles action. Hill posted wins over Bryan Einstoss of SHU, 6-3 and 6-2, and over Quinnipiac's Ryoma Haraguchi, 6-3 and 6-3. Goldstein won 6-0 and 6-1 over Matthew Surprenant of SHU and 6-0, 6-0 over Yale's Charlie Adams.
The Huskies will look to keep their strong start going next weekend when they play in the Quinnipiac Invitational.