The UConn men’s tennis team fell to the Bryant Bulldogs 6-1 Wednesday. The loss brought the Huskies record to 2-14 on the season. The team remains winless this spring yet Michael Louis remains optimistic.
“For us it has to be one match at a time,” Louis said.
The Huskies fought hard on their trip to Rhode Island, but it was not enough. The lone point of the match came from sophomore Parker Goldstein, who won his singles matchup against Joshua Rubinstein. The Georgia native took the match in straight sets. Joshua Palmer and Jonathan Edwards also put in good shifts despite not scoring. The duo picked up a doubles victory at No. 3, defeating the team of John Templeman and Corey Dipaola. Edwards also lost a close one in No. 3 singles play, after falling to Max Vogt in a three-set battle.
Next, the team will travel to North Carolina to take on Richmond and American Athletic Conference rivals East Carolina. A conference win would be huge for team morale, as the Huskies begin to prepare for the American Conference championships.
In East Carolina, the Huskies will have one of their strongest opponents this year, as the Pirates cracked the Top 75 earlier this season. East Carolina is currently 10-11, the Huskies know that they will need to bring their best if they want to pull out a win. East Carolina is currently 1-0 in conference play as they defeated Temple earlier in the season. The Pirates are coming off a win this week against Campbell University, which is something UConn will hope to exploit.
“We know Richmond and ECU will play tough,” Louis said.
Like the Pirates, the Spiders are also a strong team and are 11-6 so far this season. Richmond is entering the match on fire, as it has won its last four matches. In order to get the win the Huskies are going to need to be consistent, which is something that has eluded them all season.
“In our sport we need four points to clinch a team match. We need every guy to play and to compete to his potential for us to have a shot,” Louis said.