FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team picked-up their first dual match win of the season on Friday beating Sacred Heart on the road, 6-1. The Huskies bounced back from dropping the doubles point to sweep all six singles matches.
"Good start to the season for us to be 1-0," stated head coach Michael Louis. "The guys did a good job not allowing a slow start in doubles to affect singles play. They came out with more energy for singles. The focus was to out work and out fight our opponents to earn the wins. We did just that and I'm proud of our team."
In doubles play, UConn's No. 2 team of Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) and Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) opened with a 6-2 win over Seiji Hosokowa and Matthew Surprenant but the Pioneers rallied and grabbed the other two matches to open with a 1-0.
The Huskies answered on the singles courts and swept through all six matches to come away with the win. Junior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Anthony Santino at No. 6. Freshman Jacob Appleton (Farmington, Conn.) followed with a 6-1 and 6-0 win at No. 3 over Bryan Einstoss.
Senior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Surprenant at No. 5 and senior Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) clinched the match at No. 4 by beating Chris Sause, 6-4, 6-0. Senior Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) and Warren closed out the match with wins at the two top spots.
Toner beat Seltman at No. 1 6-1 and 6-4 while Warren battled to a three set win after dropping the first set, 6-4, then rebounding 6-1 and 10-4.
The Huskies will return to action on Sunday afternoon hosting Quinnipiac on the UConn Tennis Courts.