Oct. 28, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men’s tennis team wrapped up the fall portion of their schedule playing in the Connecticut State Championship this past weekend at Yale University. Junior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) led the Huskies advancing to the quarterfinals of the singles draw while the doubles team of senior Ryan Carr (Madison, Conn.) and junior Wayne Harrell (East Windsor, Conn.) played their way to the semifinals.
The annual event played at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on the campus of Yale University featured the host Bulldogs, Huskies, Sacred Heart, Hartford, Quinnipiac and Fairfield.
After an opening round bye, Spreyer played his way into the quarterfinal round with wins over Fairfield’s Cam Amyot and Yale’s James Ratchford. Spreyer ousted Amyot by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 and was even more impressive in his win over Ratchford, going 6-1, 6-0. Spreyer’s run ended in the quarters with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Yale’s Alex Hagermosser.
In doubles play, Carr and Harrell earned three victories before falling to eventual doubles champion Tyler Lu and Photo Photiades from Yale. The duo opened with an 8-4 win over Quinnipiac’s Roser and Haraguchi and advanced into the quarterfinals with an 8-6 win over Fairfield’s Solomon and Zlobinsky. An 8-6 win over the team of Patrick Chase and Kyle Dawson from Yale put them into the semis before Lu and Photiades ended their run with an 8-5 win.
Carr also earned a pair of singles victories in the main draw before falling in the round of 16. Carr opened his singles play with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Quinnipiac’s Alain Grullon and then beat Hartford
’s Harrison Max, 6-0, 6-1. Carr’s singles run ended there after falling to Chase, 6-3 and 6-3.
Also earning wins in the singles draw was freshmen Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) and Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) and sophomores Mark HoSang (Bedford, NH) and Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.).
Goldstein won his opener, 6-3 and 6-4 over Jordan Badenko of Hartford before falling to eventual singles champion Tyler Lu, 6-2 and 6-4. Toner won his opening match in three sets, 6-0, 2-6, 1-0 over Fairfield’s BJ Merinder and HoSang won 6-3 and 6-5 over John Bogdanovich of Sacred Heart.
In the consolation draw, both Toner and Harrell each won three matches apiece to advance to the finals. Toner beat teammate HoSang, 6-5 and 6-2, Luke Roser of Quinnipiac, 6-1 and 6-3, and Cam Amyot of Fairfield, 2-6, 6-5, 1-0. Harrell notched wins over Nick Sharwarko of Hartford, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0, Tommy Ratchford of Yale, 6-0 and 6-1 and Patrick Sell of Quinnipiac, 6-1 and 6-5.
In the main doubles draw, the team of Spreyer and Toner won a pair of matches to advance to the quarterfinals. The duo opened with an 8-5 win over Hartford’s Badenko and Molina and then beat Quinnipiac’s Ezaka and Ambrosio. Their run ended in the quarters with an 8-4 loss at the hands of Svenning and Krumholz of Yale.