Sept. 29, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -
Led by junior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Co.), the UConn men's tennis team captured three flight titles and made six appearances in flight finals during the UConn Invitational last weekend at the UConn tennis courts.
Besides the host Huskies, Boston University, Hartford, Quinnipiac, Merrimack College, Sacred Heart, and Bryant participated in the tourney.
On Saturday, Spreyer combined with UConn freshman teammate Chris Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) to defeat Matt Dean and Brian Power of Sacred Heart, 8-1, to capture the doubles in Flight B.
Also on Saturday, UConn junior Josh Palmer (Dalton, Pa.) and sophomore Zac McEntee (Yorba Linda, Calif.) earned the championship of the Flight D doubles, defeating Brandon Phan and Mario Sandoval of BU, 8-3.
The team of UConn senior Ryan Carr (Madison, Conn.) and junior Wayne Harrell (East Windsor, Conn.) reached the finals of the A Flight, but bowed to BU's Chanon Varapongsittikul and Jesse Frieder, 8-6.
Spreyer was also a champion on Sunday, winning three matches on his way to the title in Flight 2 of singles. In the final match, Spreyer came from behind to defeat Patrick Sell of Quinnipiac, 0-6, 7-6, 10-8.
"Coming off an injury, Jacob had a great tournament, getting titles in both singles and doubles," UConn coach Michael Louis said. "He found a way to compete and didn't back down all weekend."
The Huskies had two other players reach the finals in singles flights. McEntee defeated two opponents in straight sets in Flight 6 before he bowed to BU's Emilio Teran in the championship match, 6-3, 6-0. In Flight 8, UConn's Palmer drew a bye through the first round, then defeated BU's Miguel Cepeda, 5-7, 7-6, 10-6, before losing in the title match to Bryant's Joe Sterry, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
"Collectively, we played well in both singles and doubles all weekend," Louis said. "The players are starting to rise up to the challenges and are looking for those opportunities to do so. We are looking forward to a great week of practice to get ready for the Quinnipiac Invite."
Boston University had the top team performance at the UConn Invitational, winning five flight titles (four in singles, one in doubles), and appearing in nine flight finals.
UConn will continue its fall season on October 4-6 at the Quinnipiac Invitational in Hamden, Conn.