UConn Men’s Tennis to take on Temple


The Huskies will look to get back to winning ways against the Owls at 12 p.m. on Saturday. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

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.

Story Salit is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus and can be reached via email at story.salit@uconn.edu.

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