HILTON HEAD, S.C. (March 8) -- The University of Connecticut mens tennis team rolled to a 7-0 shutout victory over Ithaca College on Wednesday afternoon in Hilton Head, S.C. to wrap up its annual spring training trip. The Huskies went 2-1 in South Carolina and now stand at 2-5 on the spring while the Bombers dip to 1-3 this spring.
UConn swept the doubles matches to open play with the lone close contest coming at No. 1 where Sho Sato (Tokyo, Japan) and Ben Scheuler (Arlington, Mass.) teamed up on a 9-8 victory. In singles action, Scheuler and Joey Michaels (Rochester Hills, Mich.) both recorded, 6-0, 6-0, shutout victories at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively. The best match of the day, and perhaps the season, came at No. 2 where Craig Helstowski (Shrewsbury, Mass.) edged Colin Flynn, 7-6, 6-7, 11-9.
The Huskies return to action on March 15 when they play host to Sacred Heart at 2:00 p.m.
Connecticut 7, Ithaca 0
Singles No. 1 Sho Sato (C), def. Chris Ciolino (I), 6-4, 6-4 No. 2 Craig Helstowski (C) def. Colin Flynn (I), 7-6, 6-7, 11-9
No. 3 Jeff Klar (C) def. Joe Young (I), 6-2, 6-0 No. 4 Christian Malerba (C) def. Kento Kamiyama (I), 6-3, 7-5 No. 5 Ben Scheuler (C) def. Jeff Buffum (I), 6-0, 6-0 No. 6 Joey Michaels (C) def. Zach Baum (I), 6-0, 6-0 Doubles: No. 1 Sato/Scheuler (C) def. Ciolino/Flynn (I), 9-8 No. 2 Malerba/Michaels (C) def. Young/Kamiyama (I), 8-2 No. 3 Nate Carvalho/Michael Bobitski (C) def. Buffum/Baum (I), 8-2