2016 Tennis Champ Central
The UConn men’s tennis team will head to Memphis this week to take part in the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship at The Dunavant Wellford Tennis Club. The Huskies are the No. 9 seed in this year’s field and will face-off with No. 8 seeded East Carolina Pirates in the opening match on the men’s side, Thursday morning at 9:00 am CT. The winner moves on to face top-seed USF on Friday.
The Huskies enter the championship tournament on a four-match winning streak, ending their spring campaign with wins over Wagner, Merrimack, Siena and Villanova. UConn was 6-18 overall on the season and finished 0-3 against AAC teams, losing to East Carolina, Temple and UCF.
Junior Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.), sophomore Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.) and freshman Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) all head into the post season having won double digit singles matches this season. Valentin leads the Huskies with a 12-18 record and has played up and down the UConn line-up this season at No. 2 through No. 6. He enters the tournament having won three-straight.
Warren has posted a 12-18 mark this season playing the majority of the season at the No. 3, 4, and 5 spots. He is 5-4 in the Huskies’ last 10 matches and won three of his last five. Goldstein went 10-12 this season and has wins in his last two matches heading into the tournament. He has played much of the season at the No. 2, 3, and 4 spots. Freshman Hank Hill (Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.) has had a strong finish to his rookie season, winning three-straight and going 4-3 over UConn’s last 10 matches. Hill is 6-8 on the season.
In doubles play, the team of r-senior Jacob Spreyer (Denver, Colo.) and junior Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) have played to a team-best record of 12-17 on the year, playing at No. 1. They will enter the tournament on a three-match winning streak.
Hill and Warren have also posted impressive doubles records this season, both earning 11 wins each. Hill teamed with senior Zac McEntee (Yorba Linda, Calif.) during much of the fall season and posted a 5-3 mark. In the spring, Hill and Warren teamed and are 5-6 and will head into the match on a three-match winning streak.
The 2016 Men's and Women's Tennis Championship finals - women's on April 23 and men's on April 24 - will be streamed on The American Digital Network (www.TheAmerican.org/DN), available on web, mobile, tablet and Roku devices. The streams will be produced by L2 Productions via a grant from the United States Tennis Association, and feature a multi-camera shoot and a full graphics package along with commentary and analysis.