NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The UConn men’s tennis team wrapped up their fall season on Sunday completing play at the Connecticut State Championship. Senior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) led the way by winning the individual title in the 4A Flight as the Huskies finished their fall season on a high note.
Edwards rang up three-straight wins in his flight, including a pair of three-set victories. He opened with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 win over Quinnipiac’s Hielke Moore and advanced to the finals with a win over Carlos Moreno of Marist, 4-6, 6-4 and 1-0. Edwards claimed the trophy on Sunday by beating John Hatala of Fairfield University, 6-0 and 7-5.
“I’m really proud of our progressions and to see some of our best tennis in the last match of the fall is exciting,” commented associate head coach Reinaldo Valor. “The guys have put in the work and competed harder each match this fall. We are looking forward to seeing how far they can continue to push each other.”
Junior Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) put together a strong tournament, winning twice in singles play and teaming with classmate Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) to go 3-1 in doubles. He won his opening singles match, 6-0, 6-4 over Sacred Heart’s Bryan Einstoss. After falling in the semifinal, McLister rebounded to win the third place match against Max MacKinnon of Boston College, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0.
In doubles, McLister and Hill won their first two matches, beating Marist, 6-2, and a strong Yale team of Dennis Wang and Alan Sou, 6-3. The duo dropped their semifinal match but rebounded to beat Fairfield’s Caputo and Magid, 6-1 in the third place match.
Freshman John Michael Holtmann (Miami, Fla.) played his way to finals in the 3A singles flight before falling in the title match. Holtmann opened with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Fairfield’s Dylan Appel and then beat Nathan Brown of Yale, 6-4, 6-4. He came up short in the finals to BC’s Max Palmer, 6-1, 6-1.
Fellow freshman Yili Zheng (Shanghai, China) rebounded from an opening round loss to win two matches in his singles flight. He beat Fairfield’s Anthony Caputo, 6-7, 6-1 and 1-0 and Quinnpiac’s Kyle Alper, 7-6, 3-6, 1-0.