April 15, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's tennis team begins its fight for a BIG EAST Championship on Thursday in Tampa, Fla. against the No. 8 seed Villanova. Seeded ninth, the Huskies face the Wildcats less than a week after losing a tightly contested 4-3 decision at home.
UConn is 8-6 overall with a 6-5 record this spring and took on just three teams from the BIG EAST this season. The Huskies lost each with most recent the narrow 4-3 loss to the Wildcats.
The loss of the doubles point on April 11 proved to be the deciding fact as the Huskies were able to get three singles wins over visiting Villanova. Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz.) won in two sets from the No. 1 spot, improving his overall record to 9-10 from the first spot.
Andrew Marcus (Potomac, Md.) battled through three sets to win from the second singles spot where he has been a consistent force all season. Marcus has an impressive 10-3 record in second singles. Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) is 9-4 in sixth singles after winning against the Wildcats last Saturday.
Marcus paired with Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio) at No. 2 doubles for the 11th time this season and although they were not able to get past their Wildcat counterparts, the Connecticut duo has been consistent throughout the spring. From the second spot, Marcus and Warden are 8-3, including a win over a nationally-ranked doubles duo at Fairfield.
UConn was edged out on the road, 4-3, but was able to win the doubles point in large part due to Marcus and Warden's 8-6 win over No. 61 Dan Sauter and Ryan Berthod.
Marcus also won his singles match that day against Sauter while Berthod fell in singles to Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.). Adams, who has a 7-4 record at No. 5 singles, will look ahead to a potential rematch against Alex Hanno. Hanno won a two-set decision against Adams in their most recent meeting.
Against Villanova, Warden was unable to surpass Trenton Alenik in their first meeting, going to a tiebreak in the first set. Warden is 8-7 this season at No. 4 singles.
Captain Joey Michaels (Rochester Hills, Mich.) has split his time this season between the second and third singles spot, but has settled into a consistent presence at No. 3 this spring. Michaels has a 2-4 record in doubles with Cook in third doubles this season.
Goldstein and captain Ben Schueler (Arlington, Mass.) are 5-8, leading off doubles at No. 1 this year.
The winner of Connecticut's match against Villanova on Thursday will play No. 1-seeded Louisville on Friday at 9 a.m.