Jan. 14, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis program is coming off a solid finish to their fall schedule as they get ready to open the spring slate announcing their 2014 schedule. The Huskies will play 13 dual matches this spring as they prepare for the first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship in April.
"We started off on a really good note this fall, getting off to a 3-0 start," stated head men's coach Michael Louis. "Individually, the guys all having really good results at the Connecticut State Championships, it definitely gives us a lot of positive momentum for the spring."
The Huskies started their fall season with dual match wins over Hartford (7-0), Boston University (7-6) and Siena (7-0) and took part in the Brown Invitational and Quinnipiac Invitational while capturing three flight titles in their own tournament. UConn dropped dual matches at Quinnipiac (6-1) and at Marist (7-0) but finished the fall schedule with an impressive showing at the annual Connecticut State Championship tournament at Yale.
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 in the all-Connecticut field. Spreyer won the #2 Singles Flight at the UConn Invitational.
"I think we have a lot of good things we can look back on as we transition from the fall as we start off with two very good, tough opponents in Army and Stony Brook."
The Huskies will open the spring portion of their schedule on February 7th and 8th at Army taking on Stony Brook and the Knights. UConn will host five home matches this spring, four on the Storrs campus and one at the East Hartford Tennis Club.
UConn will host in-state rival Fairfield at the indoor East Hartford Tennis Club on February 26th and then kick-off their campus home matches with AAC foe Temple on March 29th, their only dual match against league competition this season.
"Right now, we don't have the mandatory scheduling but I would love to see that change," stated Louis. "I think it brings all the programs up, and makes everyone better. Right now we only have Temple on the schedule from the conference and they are a tough, very strong program. It will be a good initial start as we build toward the future."
The Huskies will also host regional opponents Bryant (April 1st), Southern New Hampshire (April 9th) and Sacred Heart (April 12th) at home this spring. The Huskies will also make a spring break trip to Puerto Rico where they will play three matches, opponents to be announced.
The first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship tournament is set for April 17th through 20th and will be held at the University of Memphis.