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UConn Set to Open Spring Season on the Road

Jan. 25, 2018

STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s tennis team hits the road this weekend for a pair of dual matches at Delaware and Villanova that will kick-off the 2018 spring season.  After this weekend’s trip, the Huskies will be home to host Siena College next Saturday at the East Hartford Tennis Club.

The Huskies open the spring on Friday morning, facing the Blue Hens on their home courts at the Elkton Indoor Tennis center at 9:30 am.  On Saturday night, UConn heads to the Bryn Mawr Racquet Club to face the Villanova Wildcats at 6 pm.

"The theme for the spring has been overcoming adversity," state associate head coach Reinaldo Valor.  "Three starters will not be ready to go for our opener versus University of Delaware. The team has risen to the challenge with a great two weeks of practice. The adversity of illnesses/injuries has presented opportunities for some others and I’m confident they will seize the moment."

The Last Meeting
April 8, 2017
University of Connecticut Tennis Courts
Huskies Fall to Villanova, 4-1
The UConn men's tennis team hosted Villanova on Saturday for their "Senior Day" match on their home courts on the Storrs campus. Villanova posted a 4-1 win as the match was contested in clinch format.

During the fall, the Huskies were 2-0 in dual matches, knocking off Bentley (5-2) and in-state rival Sacred Heart (6-1), both on their home courts.  UConn’s lone senior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) had an impressive fall slate, finishing 8-2 in singles and ending with a four-match win streak that had him capture the 4A Flight title at the Connecticut State Championship tournament. 

Sophomore Evan Powell (Guilford, Conn.) won seven times in singles play in the fall, and shared the D Flight singles title with Edwards at the season opening Husky Invitational

Junior Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) was 9-3 during the fall in singles play and teamed with classmate Hank Hill (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) to post a team-best 10-4 doubles mark.  The duo opened the fall by winning the B Doubles Flight at the UConn Invite and ended the fall by advancing into the semifinals of the Connecticut State Championship.

A pair of UConn freshmen had impressive fall debuts in Yili Zheng (Shanghai, China) and John Michael Holtmann (Coral Gables, Fla.).  Zheng was 8-4 in singles play and won his last two matches of the fall season.  Holtmann posted a 7-4 mark during the fall in singles and also won four times in doubles play, second on the club in doubles victories.