It has been a busy schedule for both UNCG tennis teams; only a week remains in the season before UNCG heads into the Southern Conference in South Carolina. The men played three away games during this past week, facing the Radford Highlanders in a non-conference match. The other two conference matchups were played against the Furman Paladins and the Samford Bulldogs. The women played two home games the same week, against the Davidson Wildcats and SoCon rival Samford Bulldogs.
The first men’s game against Radford was a win for the Spartans, as they got the victory by a 5-2 margin. The team went 4-of-6 in singles matches, with Connor Thompson, William Albright, Jack Burkill and Ian Melnik winning their matches. UNCG swept the doubles matchups, with Connor Thompson/William Albright, Marcus Vidgren/Jack Burkill and Warren Bryan/Logan Walker beating all Radford opponents.
The second game against Furman was a through defeat, as they got swept 0-7 by the Paladins. In singles matches, they went 0-6. 1 game between our own Warren Bryan and Furman’s Jake Munns went to three matches, the scores being 7-6, 2-6, 1-0. There were two other relatively close games fought by our own Jack Burkill and Daniel Hammarstedt, with both scores being 7-5 in the first game and 6-4 in the second. In doubles, we went 1-of-3, with Marcus Vidgren/Jack Burkill defeated Cameron Green/Alex Steryous of Furman in a close score of 7-5.
The third and final game was played against Samford. It was very close and well played by the Blue and Gold, but they ended up losing the game 3-4. In singles play, they went 2-of-6, with victories coming from Connor Thompson who won the games by scores of 6-4 and 6-3. Warren Bryan also won his two games by scores of 6-2 and 6-2. In doubles the Spartans fared much better, as they swept the Bulldogs 3-0. Connor Thompson/William Albright defeated Jake Faundez/Justin Ghavami of Samford by a score of 7-5. Our own Marcus Vidgren/Jack Burkill defeated Curran Verma/Max Rebol by a score of 6-4. Lastly, Warren Bryan/Logan Walker defeated Eduardo L. Sanchez/Hugo Moreira 6-4.
The first women’s game against Davidson was a loss in the books, with the score being 1-6. The Blue and Gold went 1-6 in singles matchups. Our own Spartan Alice Taylor defeated Davidson’s Megan Scholvinck in matches that went 6-4, 3-6, 10-8. In doubles, they went 1-of-3, with Spartans Blaine Boaz/Nancy Bridges defeating Anna C. Feaster/Ally Sexton in a close game of 7-6.
The second and final woman’s game against Samford was a loss like the first game, with the score being 2-5. UNCG went 2-of-6 in singles play, with Nancy Bridges defeating Elsa Pool with scores of 6-2, 6-7, 6-3. Sophia Adams also defeated Grace Jennings of Samford by scores of 7-5 and 6-3. In doubles matches we grabbed one match out of the three that were played. The victory came from UNCG’s Corinne Blythe/Sophia Adams who defeated Savannah Wood/Arianna Beltrame by a score of 6-3.
After these three matches, the men’s tennis team holds a record of 7-11 overall and 1-4 in SoCon play. The next matchup that the team will play in will be against the Davidson Wildcats on Thursday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Davidson, N.C. There are two more regular season games after the 13, and then the SoCon tournament starts for the men on April 21-23 in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. As for the women, their overall record is 3-17. In SoCon play they are 2-4. Their next game will be this Saturday the 15 at 12:00 p.m. in Johnson City, Tennessee against ETSU. That is the last regular season game for the women, as the SoCon tournament starts Friday, April 21-23 at Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C.