UConn took the short trip to Hamden to face state-rival Quinnipiac, but fell short once again, losing the overall match 2-5. There were several close games during the competition, but the Huskies were unable to close losing three out of the four matches that went to three sets.
In the doubles competitions, UConn lost at court No. 2 before sophomore Yili Zheng and senior Hank Hill beat the Bobcats top ranked duo at No. 1, their 19th win on the season. This left the point up to whoever took the victory at doubles No. 3. The Huskies’ duo of junior Evan Powell and senior Justin Warren forced a tough match against Quinnipiac’s Axel Stern and Alester Magalit, forcing an extra game to decide who would get the point. The Bobcats closed out the set and took the 7-6 victory, giving them the first point of the day.
The singles matches were even more competitive. UConn was able to get wins at No. 2 and No. 3 from sophomore John Michael Holtmann and senior Jack McLister, their 18th and 14th wins on the year respectively. But elsewhere it was tough-going for the Huskies, as they dropped every other match, including the three that went to a third set on the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 courts. Zheng also put up a good fight at No. 1 but couldn’t finish the sets, losing 7-6 in both.
The Huskies will wrap up their regular season at home next Saturday when they take on Marist. They’ll hope to right the ship and end their losing streak before the AAC Championship Tournament starts in two weeks.
Conner Gilson is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.