Men’s Tennis: UConn remains strong at home, winning two out of three this weekend


The UConn men’s tennis team had home matches against ECU, Fairfield and Bucknell this weekend. (File photo/The Daily Campus)

The UConn men’s tennis team had home matches against ECU, Fairfield and Bucknell this weekend and were able to walk away with two wins to improve its record to above .500 on the season.

The Huskies (7-5, 0-1 The American) got off to a shaky start this weekend in their first match against conference foe ECU, losing all four individual matches in what ended up being a 4-0 sweep by the Pirates.

UConn was bested in singles at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 by ECU, and lost the doubles point despite a win by senior Hank Hill and sophomore Yili Zheng at No. 1.

The Huskies had a chance to come back against Fairfield University on Saturday. The day began with an impressive doubles win by senior Jack McLister and sophomore John Michael Holtmann at No. 2, before another UConn victory by the duo of Hill and Zheng, their 17th of the season, earned the Huskies the first point.

The senior class came up big for the Huskies in the singles matches, as Justin Warren, McLister and Hill all beat their opponents at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 to clinch the win for UConn 4-2.

After the win against Fairfield, UConn waited until Sunday morning to play Bucknell in what would be another competitive meeting.

The strong doubles play for the Huskies continued Sunday, with each duo winning their respective match, and Hill and Zheng completing the sweep for the weekend. In singles it was more of the same, as Holtmann was able to come out on top in two sets at No. 2 before Warren would get his 13th singles win on the season at No.3. Zheng was able to close out the win for UConn in three sets at No. 1, giving UConn the 4-2 victory.

The Huskies are currently on a two-match win streak and will look to make that number even bigger heading into next week’s matchup against Villanova on Saturday.

Conner Gilson is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at

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