The UConn men’s tennis team will be itching to get back on the court after last weekend’s scheduled match at Boston University was postponed. The Huskies (7-6) will take on Temple Saturday morning at the Magic Lincer Tennis Club in Manchester and will face Delaware at the East Hartford Tennis Club Sunday morning.
UConn’s last outing was a close-fought 4-3 defeat at the hands of Villanova on Feb. 23. The Huskies clinched the doubles point for the third straight match and will look likely need to continue their strong play in doubles to pick up results this weekend. Freshman Yili Zheng and sophomore John Holtmann will look to ride the momentum of clutch three-set victories they clinched against the Wildcats at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
Saturday’s opponent, American conference foe Temple, snapped a two-match losing skid with a 6-1 win over Bucknell on Sunday before traveling to Memphis and suffering a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Tigers on Tuesday. The Huskies will look to capitalize on Temple’s inconsistent doubles play, as the Owls (4-5) have been swept in doubles matches in two of their last three outings. In the singles lineup, No. 2 player Mark Wallner boasts a 7-1 record and will be a difficult test for Holtmann.
The Huskies will also face a struggling Delaware team that has lost two straight matches last Sunday. The Blue Hens got off to a hot start early in the season, but lost to both Fordham and Navy in Annapolis and dropped their record to 8-4. Despite being swept by Navy on Sunday, Delaware has been very solid in doubles action all season. Like the Huskies, the Blue Hens suffered a 4-3 loss against Villanova earlier in the season.
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