The UConn men’s tennis team returns to action in Philadelphia this weekend to take on conference rival Temple and then Villanova in back-to-back matches.
The Huskies will be looking to get their first win of the spring season after dropping to a 0-9 start. Coming off their annual spring trip to Florida, the Huskies are entering the second half of the season with a new mentality.
Temple, who the Huskies are slated to play Saturday, are 10-8 so far this season but have yet to get a win in conference play after falling to Memphis and East Carolina.
“It’s been a match that we have been looking forward to all year,” head coach Michael Louis said. “We need to put everything aside and just play and compete.”
Temple will be coming into the match off of a solid win over Lehigh, a team that defeated the Huskies earlier this season.
The Huskies will then be reviving an old rivalry in Sunday’s match against Villanova. Both teams used to compete in the Big East Conference, so this meeting carries extra importance for both teams.
“I’m sure it’s a match that’s been pinned on their calendar all year,” said Louis, a four-year letter winner himself while at UConn from 2000-2004. “Historically, the battles with Villanova have always been passionate.”
The Wildcats are currently 2-13 so far this season, but before taking on the Huskies they still have a doubleheader to host against James Madison University and Chestnut Hill College.
“There’s no question this weekend will be a fun weekend. We are going to in a real college tennis environment against two rivals,” said Louis.