STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut played host to eight other schools over the weekend for the annual UConn Invitational. Husky freshman Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) continued to impress in the early stages of his career, advancing to the finals of the "B" singles flight.
Edwards opened his tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hartford's Morgan White. He advanced to the semifinals on the first day of singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Diego Lebron of Siena. Edwards battled his way to a three-set win over Boston University's Mario Sandoval. Edwards won the first set 6-4 but fell in a close fought second set, 7-6 (2). He outlasted Sandoval in a third-set tiebreak, 14-12 to face Bryant's Luke Lorenz in the "B" Flight championship match. Lorenz ended the UConn rookie's run at his first tournament title, 6-4 and 6-2. Edwards collected his team-best 11th singles win on the season, improving to 11-3 on the year.
Also in the "B" flight, sophomore Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) won his opening match in three sets over Sacred Heart Mathieu Pilote, 6-0, 5-7, 10-4. Goldstein fell in the quarters in three sets, winning the first set 7-6 (2) over Bryant's Lorenz but falling 6-3 and 10-7. Goldstein and Edwards also teamed to earn a win in the "A" doubles flight, beating Bentley's Alex Demuth and George Samander, 8-2.
The Huskies had three players advanced to the semifinals in the "A" and "C" singles flights. Senior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) both advanced to the semifinals of the "A" flight and teamed together in doubles play to get to the semi's of the "A" doubles flight.
Spreyer opened his singles tournament with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Brendan McCarthy of Bentley. He needed three sets to beat BU's Stefan Lemire, winning 6-3 and 10-7 after falling in the first set 6-2. Spreyer's singles tournament ended at the hands of Quinnipiac Jonas Kuwert, who would go on to take the flight championship. Kuwert ousted Spreyer 6-1 and was leading 1-0 before Spreyer was forced to retire. Toner won his opening match 6-2 and 6-2 over Siena's Alex Burbine. Toner finished Saturday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over SHU's Brian Power to get to the semifinals. Toner came up short, losing 7-6, 6-1 to BU's Jay Leelavanich.
During Friday's doubles play, Spreyer and Toner teamed for an 8-5 win over Siena's Diego Lebron and Eric Sumanaru in their first match. The duo beat Hartford's Nick Sharwarko and Ryan Lugtu, 8-4 to advance to the semifinal round. Their run was ended by Quinnipiac's Eric Ambrosio and Julian Rozenstein, 8-4.
In the "C" singles flight, junior Zac McEntee (Yorba Linda, Calif.) made a run to the semi's, starting with a three-set, 6-1, 1-6, 10-8, win over Alex Romaine of Hartford. McEntee ended Saturday's play with a 6-2 and 6-3 win over Bryant's John Templeman to set up a semifinal match with QU's Kyle Alper. ALper would post a 6-2 and 6-3 win on his way to winning the flight on Sunday afternoon.
Also earning singles win in the main draw was senior Josh Palmer (Dalton, Pa.) and junior Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.). Palmer won his opening match in the "D" flight, 6-1, 7-6 (10) over Bentley's Alberto Riveroll. Ginzberg notched an opening round victory in "C" singles flight over Sam Klau of Bentley, 6-2 and 6-0.
Ginzberg and senior Peter Surovic (Czech Republic) advanced to the semifinals of the "B" doubles flight with a pair of victories. The duo opened with an 8-2 win over Peter Koopman and Jerry Liang of Bentley and then beat Hartford's Luis Montes and Rombola, 8-7 (3) to get to the semi's. The duo fell to Sacred Heart's team of Francisco Del Valle and Justin Pagan, 8-6. Also in the "B" flight, Palmer and McEntee teamed for an opening win over Saglia and Diorio from Siena, 8-6, before bowing out SHU's Del Valle and Pagan.
The Huskies will stay in-state next weekend and take part in the Quinnipiac Invitational.