Last weekend both of UNCG’s men and women tennis teams participated in the SoCon tournament. With the men having an overall record of 10-14, while also going 3-4 in regular season SoCon play. For the woman, they went 3-19 and 2-5 in the SoCon games.
The men played their first game on Friday, April 21st at 9:00 a.m. at Mickel Tennis Center at Furman. They swept the Wofford Terriers 4-0. In singles play, the Spartans beat the Terriers in all matchups, 6-0. Three of the matches went unfinished because of such solid play by the blue and gold. Connor Thompson, Warren Bryan and Jack Burkill all played in the unfinished matches. Thompson went 6-1, 6-7 and 4-1 against Wofford’s Haris Poric. Bryan went 7-6, 4-6 and 4-2 against Jack Thomas. Burkill went 6-3, 4-6 and 1-3 against Kyle Barr.
In the first doubles match, Marcus Vidgren/Connor Thompson defeated Wofford’s Andrew Graham/Patrick Longest by a score of 6-1. In the second match, Jack Thomas/Lucas Cerbelli beat our Spartan players Logan Walker/Logan Bryan by a close score of 6-4. In the final match, UNCG players William Albright/Connor Thompson bounced back and got the close 7-5 victory over Terrier playing partners Haris Poric/Julian Chousa.
The men moved to play in the second round of the SoCon tournament on April 22nd at 2:00 p.m. against the number one-seeded ETSU Buccaneers. Ultimately, the Spartans fell and got eliminated in this match, 4-1. UNCG got swept in singles play versus the Bucs. The closest match was between ETSU’s Robert Herrera and our own Marcus Vidgren, with the match scores being 6-3 and 6-4 in Herrera’s favor. Two singles matches went unfinished. UNCG players Warren Bryan and Daniel Hammarstedt participated in those matches.
UNCG fared better in doubles play, with the team getting 2-of-3 matches against ETSU. William Albright/Connor Thompson defeated Diego Nunez/Robert Herrera 6-4 in the first doubles match. In the second, UNCG’s Marcus Vidgren/Jack Burkill got beat by David Biosca and Miguel Este by a margin of 6-2. In the final match, Logan Walker/Warren Bryan defeated ETSU players Wenceslao Albin/David Gonzalez by a score of 6-3.
The Spartan ladies started their SoCon post-season run on April 21st at 3:00 p.m. in Spartanburg, SC against the Mercer Bears, ranked third in their conference. They got beat and eliminated from the tournament by the Bears by a score of 4-1. In singles play the women went 1-of-5 in singles play. Spartan Corinne Blythe defeated Andrea Peteu of Mercer by scores of 6-3, 6-3. The matches that Masey DeMoss and Alice Taylor of UNCG played in both went unfinished.
In doubles play, the Spartans grabbed one victory out of three doubles matches played. In the first game UNCG’s Blaine Boaz/Nancy Bridges defeated Mercer’s Katie Sidor/Haley Powell by a score of 6-4. The second game was also close, but the girls couldn’t quite pull it out. Sophia Adas/Corinne Blythe were defeated by Mercer players Christie Cesarini/Marie Mottet by a close margin of 6-4. In the final game, Masey DeMoss/Alice Taylor were beat in a close matchup by Bear players Katia Stravroulaki/Grace Korta with a score of 7-5.
Last weekend was exciting for both tennis teams. Both squads had bright moments during their seasons. The men lasted a bit longer than the women in the tournament, as they got eliminated in the second round and the women were eliminated in the first round. Individual players are looking to grow and mature and become more cohesive as a team. Both squads are looking forward to next season.
The men’s and women’s team are each saying goodbye to two senior players each, Greensboro natives William Albright and Warren Bryan for the men, and Masey DeMoss and Yasmin Franco for the women.
The SoCon tournament winner for the men was ETSU and for the women Furman got the championship.