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UNCG Tennis Weekend Recap

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Garrison Pulley
   Staff Writer

The UNCG men’s and women’s tennis teams were in action all weekend with both teams having two matchups over the weekend. The women’s team played the only home game on Saturday morning against the Wofford Terriers, and they played their second game away from home against the Furman Paladins. For the women with the final five matches to be played, four of them are southern conference matches which adds importance to the way they close out the season going into conference tournament. The men’s team played both games away from home, the first being at Presbyterian and the second a conference matchup against Mercer. The women’s team has had a rather underwhelming season going 2-14 including this weekend’s games, with a 1-2 conference record. The men’s team is having a better season than the women, as of now the team’s record is 5-7 with a 1-2 conference record as well.

Men’s: UNCG vs. Presbyterian

This is the first tennis game of the weekend for the Spartans. The team lost 5-2 with the Spartans winning three competitions, one in singles and two in doubles. Connor Thompson, the SoCon Player of the Week, won his singles matchup with 6-3 and 6-1 victories. He was also involved in a doubles victory with Ian Melnik where they swept the competition 6-0. The second and only other victory for the Spartans was the duo of Jack Burkill and Marcus Vidgren who won in a 6-3 game.

UNCG vs. Mercer

This was the second matchup of the weekend for the men, but the Spartans continued their losing streak by dropping their fourth game in a row. Conner Thompson was once again in the winning column with a singles victory of 6-3 and 6-3. The only other singles victory for the Spartans was Daniel Hammarstedt who won with 6-4 and 6-4 in their sets. The Spartans also had two victories in doubles with Connor Thompson and William Albright winning 6-4, and Marcus Vidgren and Jack Burkill winning 6-4 as well.

Women’s: UNCG vs. Wofford

This was the only home game of the weekend for the Spartans tennis teams and it was a good game to have at home. The women won their game 5-2 ending a very long losing streak of eleven games. The Spartans won four out of the six singles competitions they had, Masey DeMoss (1-6, 6-0, 6-2), Alice Taylor (6-3, 6-0), Sophia Adams (6-3, 6-4), and Blaine Boaz (6-4, 4-6, 10-5). The team also won two of the three doubles matches they had with Blaine Boaz and Nancy Bridges winning 7-6 (1-0), and Corinne Blythe and Sophia Adams won 6-2.

UNCG vs. Furman

The Spartans coming off a solid win at home against Wofford went to play Furman Sunday morning and got swept 0-7 in their third conference matchup for the season. There were a couple of closes games with Alice Taylor keeping pressure on her singles matchup but couldn’t pull the victory out and lost 7-6 and 6-4. Corinne Blythe also kept it close in her singles matchup by pushing the game to three sets where she went 6-4, 5-7, and 6-1 in the final set.

Currently, the both the men and women teams place at fifth in the SoCon standings. The men’s tennis team will be back in action on Friday March 31, in an away matchup against Appalachian State, but they will be coming home for one game against Georgia Southern on Saturday, and a final away game on Sunday against Radford. While the women’s team is back to playing on Thursday playing at home against Mercer in their third straight conference matchup. Two days later they play their fourth conference game in a row in an away matchup against Western Carolina on Saturday. We are nearing the end of the season for the tennis teams and will soon be playing in the Southern Conference tournament.

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