STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s tennis team begins their spring schedule this weekend with a trip to American Athletic Conference foe East Carolina. The Huskies have 18 matches scheduled for the 2017 spring season as they begin their march to the AAC Championship tournament at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida on April 20-23.
The Huskies went 1-1 during the fall season in dual matches, beating Sacred Heart, 6-1, and falling to Quinnipiac, 5-2.
UConn begins play this spring with a pair of Huskies ranked in the Oracle/ITA Men’s Singles Top-125 in senior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.). The duo are the first in men’s program history to garner a ranking in the ITA singles poll. Both Valentin and Warren came in tied for 115th overall in the ranking of top-125 singles players in college tennis.
The duo had impressive fall seasons for the Huskies, both posting matching 7-2 singles marks in combined dual matches and tournament play. The highlight of their fall campaigns was sharing the “B” Flight singles title at the Connecticut State Championship at Yale University. They both posted four-straight wins at the tournament to end up in the flight championship match to share the title.
Three other Huskies posted winning singles’ records this fall in senior Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.), junior Jonathan Edwards (Isle of Palms, S.C.) and sophomore Hank Hill (Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.). Goldstein and Hill both posted 5-3 singles records while Edwards finished 5-2, ending his fall on a three-match winning streak. On the doubles court, Hill and Warren finished the fall a team-best 5-3, playing at the No. 2 spot.
Senior Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) held down UConn’s No. 1 singles spot during the fall season and posted a 4-4 record, including a 2-0 mark in dual matches. He also played at No. 1 doubles, teaming with Valentin.
Three UConn rookies got their first collegiate tennis experience under their belts in the fall in freshmen Jacob Appleton (Farmington, Conn.), Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and Evan Powell (Guilford, Conn. All three finished their fall seasons with three singles victories apiece. Sophomore Jack McLister (Leesburg, Va.) played to a 3-4 singles record in the fall and teamed with Flanagan to post a 4-2 doubles mark.
UConn will play their first home match of the fall next weekend when they host Merrimack at the East Hartford Tennis Club. Their first appearance on campus in Storrs will come on March 26 when the face Hofstra on the outdoor courts to open a stretch of five of their last six at home.