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Huskies Open Fall Hosting Annual Tournament

Sophomore Justin Warren
Sept. 15, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's tennis team will open up the 2016-17 season this weekend hosting their annual fall tournament the UConn Invitational.  The Huskies will play in four tournaments and in a pair of dual matches this fall.

The Huskies will welcome six other teams to the Storrs campus courts this weekend as regional schools Bentley, Boston University, Bryant, Merrimack, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart fill out this year's field of teams.

UConn will stay in state for their next tournaments as well, taking part in the Connecticut State Championship tournament hosted by Yale University on September 23-25 and the Quinnipiac Invitational on September 30 - October 1.  The Huskies will travel to Sacred Heart on October 7 and return to Storrs to host Quinnipiac on October 9 in dual matches.  The Huskies will close out the fall season with the ITA Northeast Regional Championship being held this year at the University of Pennsylvania on October 21-25.

Head coach Michael Louis is entering his third season and will blend in three new Huskies with six returning players this year.  The UConn roster features a trio of seniors in Parker Goldstein (Marietta, Ga.), Christopher Toner (South Hamilton, Mass.) and Arnaud Valentin (Ridgefield, Conn.).

Goldstein had 10 singles wins last season, finishing 10-12 on the year.  Toner was one of the Huskies best doubles threats last year, winning 12 matches while playing with Jacob Spreyer at the No. 1 spot all season.  Valentin transferred in last season from Fairleigh Dickinson and had an impressive debut season with the Huskies.  Valentin grabbed 12 singles wins playing at the No. 4, 5, and 6 spots much of the season. 

Sophomores Justin Warren (Durham, N.C.) and Hank Hill (Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.) both return after strong rookie seasons.  Warren finished with 12 singles wins last season, matching Valentin for the team-high.  On the doubles court, he nabbed 11 victories teaming with classmate Hill for five of those wins.  Hill went 11-13 overall in doubles play.

Rookies Jacob Appleton (Farmington, Conn.), Brady Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) and Evan Powell (Guilford, Conn.) will be added to the mix this season.