STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s tennis team swept a pair of home dual matches on Sunday afternoon, beating Bentley, 5-2, and Sacred Heart, 6-1, at the UConn Tennis Courts. The Huskies win their only two dual matches of the fall season as they prepare for their final two tournaments.
"The team showed great intensity from the first point," stated coach Reinaldo Valor. "It is encouraging to see the hard work translating to wins on the court in back-to-back weeks. It feels great to get my first dual match win as a Husky!"
In the morning match against Bentley, the Huskies grabbed the doubles point to set the early tone. The sophomore-freshman team of Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and John Michael Holtmann (Miami, Fla.) opened with a 6-0 win at No. 2 over Dylan Granat and Kendall Au.
In singles, the Huskies took four of the six matches starting with McLister at No. 6 over Au, 6-3, 6-3. Holtmann picked-up a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Aulson and UConn’s No. 1 player, junior Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) clinched the win by taking down Brendan McCarthy, 6-4 and 6-2.
The Huskies closed out the match with freshman Yiki Zheng (Shanghai, China) grabbing a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Granat.
In the afternoon match-up with SHU, the Huskies again opened with a strong doubles effort to gain momentum. McLister and Hill got it rolling with a 6-1 win over Francisco Del Valle and Chris Sause at No 3 and Warren teamed with Zheng at No. 1 to clinch the point with a 6-2 win over Anthony Santino and Cory Seltman.
In singles play, the Huskies took the No. 2 through 6 matches to finish off an impressive day of tennis. Zheng started the singles run at No. 2 by beating Del Valle, 7-6, 6-1, his fifth-straight singles win. McLister made it a 4-0 day thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 4 over Bryan Einstoss. He has won six-straight singles matches and leads the team with a 7-2 record.
Holtmann also finished the day 4-0 overall with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Seltman at No.3. Hill posted a three-set victory at No. 5 over Sause, 5-7, 7-6, 10-0 and senior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of the Palms, S.C.) closed it out at No. 6, beating Lucca Casalduc in three, 6-0, 5-7, 10-6.
The Huskies will play at the ITA Regional Championship this week down at Yale University.