The UConn men’s tennis team will travel to Philadelphia on Saturday to take on the Temple Owls and are looking for their third win of the spring season.
UConn (4-10 overall) recently snapped a seven-match losing streak against Quinnipiac at IMG Academy over spring break, while Temple lost three of its last four matches yet sits at 9-6 overall.
During spring break week, the Huskies fell to Drexel 6-1 and Colgate 5-2. Freshman John Holtmann recorded a pair of three-set singles victories in the team’s two defeats. UConn was able to cap off their trip to Bradenton with a victory, besting the Bobcats 4-3.
“The group of guys on this team have a lot of heart. The guys have kept giving me max effort and today was a great team win,” associate head coach Reinaldo Valor said of the win over Quinnipiac. “All of us knew we are so close to turning around our season but we needed a big breakthrough.”
After dropping the doubles point and two of the first three singles matches, the Huskies rebounded to win three of the last four singles matches, highlighted by a match-claiming three-set win from Holtmann. Senior Jonathan Edwards and junior Hank Hill also battled to three set wins during the Huskies comeback. Freshman Yili Zheng, who was defeated at No. 1 singles, recorded the lone doubles win at No. 2 with partner Brady Flanagan.
After returning from Florida, the Huskies traveled to Providence and were swept by Brown, 7-0. The Bears lost two straight matches in New Mexico before continuing their impressive season as their win over UConn improved their record to 12-4.
The Huskies will look to get back to winning ways against the Owls at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
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