This Week in Tennis

Brayden Stamps
Staff Writer


PC: UNCG Athletics

The winning streak continued for the Men’s Tennis team as the Spartans were able to extend their winning streak to four consecutive matches with a 5-2 victory against the Winthrop Eagles on Saturday. The winning streak now stretches to being over a month long, as their last defeat came on Jan 19.

The Spartans began the day with doubles partners Connor Thompson and Ian Melnik putting up a dominant performance, winning their doubles match in resounding fashion 6-0. Marcus Vidgren and Jack Burkill were able to win the second doubles match 6-4 and secure the doubles point for the Spartans, giving the a 1-0 lead on the day.

Marcus Vidgren would come up big yet again as he put up another great performance in his singles match. He defeated Winthrop’s Connor Williamson in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and gave the Spartans their first singles point of the day, extending their lead to 2-0 against the Eagles. Afterwards, Ollie Palmer would deliver yet another straight victory for the Spartans as he defeated Winthrop’s Gabriel Dias 6-4, 6-3 and gave the Spartans a commanding 3-0 lead on the day that they would not relinquish. Winthrop was able to win two of the singles points; however, UNCG’s Ian Melnik was able to finish what he started in the doubles and would seal the victory for the Spartans with a commanding 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Unfortunately, the winning streak would come to an end on Sunday as the Spartans fell to the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville by a score of 5-2. The Spartans fell behind early to the Bulldogs as they were swept in the doubles competition and had to attempt to comeback from a 2-0 deficit to win the match. Following the doubles matches, the Spartans would lose the battle of singles matches by a score of 3-2, ultimately leading to the lopsided final result that was seen. UNCG is now 4-2 on the season. Ollie Palmer and Daniel Hammarstedt earned victories for the Spartans two points.

UNCG’s Women’s Tennis earned their first win of their two game winning streak Wednesday against the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington by a score of 5-2. It was a dominating performance for the women as they won a majority of both the singles and doubles matches that took place. This game put an end to a nasty two game losing streak that began the season. UNC Wilmington did not have the same luck as they fell to 0-4 on the season and added another loss to their losing streak.

On Saturday, the women’s tennis team added to their win column a second consecutive victory and their second victory in an undefeated week against the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb by a tightly contested score of 4-3. Despite falling down 3-1 in the match, the Spartans were able to produce a resounding comeback winning three consecutive points against the Runnin’ Bulldogs to secure the win. The Spartans are beginning to overcome their 0-2 start to the regular season and are now at a .500 winning percentage for the first time on the year. Gardner-Webb falls to 1-4 on the year.

Both teams will see action again this week and early next week on the road. Sunday afternoon, the Women’s team will be traveling within the state to square off against UNC Asheville. Two days later, the team will go down south to face off against Coastal Carolina in South Carolina Tuesday afternoon. On the Men’s side, they will be traveling to Tennessee to face conference rivals, East Tennessee State. Afterwards, the team will not play again until they open UNCG Tennis Courts for the first time this semester on March 12 against Samford.

Categories: Campus Sports, Men's Tennis, Sports, Woman's Tennis

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