April 15, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team is head to the University of Memphis this week to take part in the first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship. The Huskies will open the tournament on Friday morning at 9:00 am as they take on the USF Bulls in the opening round.
The inaugural tournament takes place Friday through Sunday at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The Huskies are the #7 seed in the tournament field. The host Tigers are the #1 seed with #2 seed USF, #3 seed Louisville, #4 seed UCF, #5 seed SMU and #6 seed Temple rounding out the field.
"We are very excited to be competing in the first AAC Men's Tennis Championship," commented head coach Michael Louis. "We are facing off against #26 USF in the first round, which will be a great opportunity and experience for our team."
UConn finished the season 8-11 in dual match play and faced just Temple in a conference match-up. The Owls posted a 5-1 win over UConn back in late March. The AAC has four of the seven teams ranked in the latest ITA College Rankings in Memphis (#21), USF (#26), Louisville (#39) and UCF (#62).
"We are eager to face this level of competition and have been looking forward to this chance all season long," stated Louis. "An opportunity to challenge ourselves as competitors amongst some of the best tennis programs in the country."
The Huskies have been strong in doubles play of late led by the duo of senior Ryan Carr (Madison, Conn.) and junior Wayne Harrell (East Hartford, Conn.) who finished a team-best 17-11 heading into the tournament. The duo posted an 8-5 mark in dual matches playing at the #1 position all year. Carr and Harrell along with freshman Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) have all collected 17 doubles wins on the year.
Toner and junior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) teamed to post a 15-10 mark this season and finished 7-4 playing at #2 in dual matches. The duo is 6-4 over their last 10 matches. At #3 doubles, junior Joshua Palmer (Dalton, Pa.) and freshman Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) finished the season strong, winning four-straight matches to finish 7-3 in their last 10 while posting an 8-6 mark on the season.
In singles play, Harrell led the team with a 15-11 mark and finished 8-6 in dual matches playing in the top slot. Toner had an impressive rookie campaign, playing to a 12-13 singles mark while competing in the #2, #3 and #4 positions. Sophomore Andrew Ginzberg (Woodbridge, Conn.) posted a 12-15 record playing in the #4, #5 and #6 spots and is 6-4 in his last 10.
The winner of Friday morning's match will face the winner of #3 Louisville and #6 Temple on Saturday at 11:00 am.