STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s tennis team hosted their annual fall tournament over the weekend and finished the event with a combined singles record of 19-8. The Huskies were led by junior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) who won the singles title in the East Bracket.
In addition to Valentin claiming a singles crown, sophomore Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) advanced to the finals of the West Bracket singles flight while six different Huskies advanced into the semifinals in singles play. In double play, the duo of senior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) and junior Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) played their way in to the A Flight championship match.
Valentin, a junior transfer from Fairleigh Dickinson, is in his first season with the Huskies. He won his Saturday matches, beating Chase Rosa of Bentley, 7-5, 6-2 and John Templeman of Bryant, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals. On Sunday, he opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over teammate Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.) and then topped Bryant’s Scott Plutt, 6-3, 6-2, to win the East Bracket title.
In the West Bracket, Edwards beat Brett Gilman of Bentley, 6-4 and 6-4, and Morgan White of Hartford, 6-1 and 6-1, on Saturday. He notched a three-set win over Bryant’s Mike Plutt, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 10-7, to make the final but came up short losing to Willem Van Biezen of Quinnipiac, 6-1, 6-3.
The doubles team of Spreyer and Toner opened their run to the finals in the “A” Flight with a 6-4 win over Kamil Pilch and Dylan Granat of Bentley. The duo beat Sacred Heart’s Matt Dean and Francisco de Valle, 6-3, and Bryant’s Luke Lorenz and Mike Piutt, 7-6 (4) to get to the finals. Quinnipiac’s team of Van Biezen and Luke Roser ended their run with a 6-0 win.
The team of Edwards and freshman Justin Warren dropped their opening doubles match but rallied to rip off three-straight wins in the consolation bracket. In the “B” doubles flight, senior Zac McEntee (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and freshman Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) played their way into the semifinals with a 6-2 win over a duo from Bentley and a 6-2 win over a team from Hartford.
Junior Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) advanced to the semis of the North Bracket in singles. He beat Sacred Heart’s Karan Narula in three-sets, 6-0, 6-7 (7), 10-6, and Hartford’s Dan Rambola, 6-3 and 6-0. Goldstein fell to eventual bracket champion Julian Rozenstein of Quinnipiac in three-sets, 1-6, 6-4, 10-7.
In the East Bracket, Hill advanced to the semifinals before being knocked out thanks to wins over Luis Montes of Hartford, who withdrew, and Nick Majewski of Merrimack, 6-4 and 6-3. Ginzberg advanced to his match against Valentin with wins over Jarius Baker of Hartford, 6-2, 6-0, and Cory Seltman of Sacred Heart, 7-5 and 6-2.
Freshman Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) won a pair of matches in the West Bracket to make a semifinals appearance. McLister posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Harrison Max of Hartford and a three-set win over Josh Kliger of Bryant, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.
UConn returns to the court next weekend with a trip in state to take part in the Quinnipiac Invitational October 2nd and 3rd
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