The UConn men’s tennis team hosted its first home match of the spring season this past Wednesday, falling to instate rival Fairfield University 4-1.
The match was held at the Manchester Racquet Club, which serves as home to the Huskies during the tough winter months. The loss was the Huskies fifth straight so far this spring. UConn’s record overall this season is now 2-7. Despite this, head coach Michael Louis said the team is remaining positive and focused.
“Our goal is to build upon each match we play whether we won or lost the previous,” Louis said.
Coming into the meet the Stags were 2-3, and were fresh off a win against St. Peters. For the Huskies the duo of senior Jacob Spreyer and sophomore Christopher Toner started play with a win in their doubles match. The doubles team was able to beat the duo Cameron Amyot and Ofir Solomon 8-4. Fairfield was quick to come back and took the wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, effectively taking the doubles points.
In singles actions it was more of the same for the Huskies. Freshman Jonathan Edwards tied the match by winning his singles bout with Luke Lemieux. The South Carolina natives efforts were not enough as once again the Stags quickly regained the lead registering wins in the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 singles matches to clinch the match. Zac McEntee kept the Stags honest by pushing George Tioutine to three sets, before ultimately falling in the No. 4 singles match.
Coach Louis highlighted the need for his team to limit their mistakes.
“We beat ourselves in some spots and we just have to get tougher in those moments,” Louis said.
The Huskies will get back to work this Sunday when they take on regional rival Brown University. The team will be anxious to get their first win of the spring season.
“Our guys look forward to competing so every match we play they’re embracing the fight a little bit more each time,” Louis said.