The Huskies traveled to Boca Raton, Florida this weekend to take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Florida Atlantic in their first outdoor matches since October. UConn (7-10, 0-2 The American) was held winless, losing all nine matches in both competitions and extending their losing streak to five.
The Huskies first match was against UAB on Friday, where UConn came close in several matches, but couldn’t serve the final blow in any of them, losing the overall meeting 7-0.
Senior Hank Hill was in a competitive match at No. 4 against UAB freshman Daniel Janko. Hill won the first set 6-4 but dropped the second and third set 3-6 and 10-4 in the loss. In the double’s competition, UConn’s No. 1 duo of sophomore Yili Zheng and Hill met the #45 ranked UAB team of freshmen Roman Postolka and Michal Lusovksy in what ended up being the most competitive doubles match up on the day. Zheng and Hill put up a fight, but fell to their ranked opponents 6-4, clinching the doubles point for UAB.
It didn’t get much better for the Huskies on Saturday when they took on the Owls. UConn again dropped every match on the way to their second sweep in as many days.
The closest match of the day came at No. 1 where Zheng took on sophomore Jason Legall. It was a tight first set, but Legall was able to take it 7-5 before winning the second set 6-3 to seal the sweep for FAU. In doubles, UConn’s pair of senior Jack McLister and sophomore John Michael Holtmann kept their match close but ultimately lost 6-4. No other match on the day ended better than 6-3 for the Huskies in what ended up being a very forgettable weekend.
UConn is headed home next weekend to face Quinnipiac where they are hopeful to get the season back on the right track.
Conner Gilson is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.