On Saturday, the UNCG Women’s tennis team defeated the Catamounts of Western Carolina in a tightly contested contest. The final tally was 4-3 in favor of the Spartans in a back and forth match. This was an essential victory for the Spartans as this was the conference season opener and gives them a head start in the race for the Southern Conference regular season championship. The victory improved UNCG’s record to 4-6 (1-0) on the season, and Western Carolina fell to 6-5(0-1) on the season.
In the match, Sophomore Sophia Adams had an outstanding performance for the Spartans as she was dominant in her singles match at number four, defeating Sarah Taranto in straight sets (6-0, 6-1), and she was also victorious in her doubles match against the Catamounts. Adams helped account for over fifty percent of UNCG’s point total in a great all around performance from the sophomore. Brianna Gomez also continued her All-American level performance for the Spartans this season as she improved to her singles record to 10-0 with her straight sets victory (6-3, 6-1) over Western Carolina’s Carli Deehr.
On Sunday, the Spartans fell to the Buccaneers of Eastern Tennessee State University(ETSU) by a lopsided tally of 6-1. The Spartans fell to 4-7(1-1) on the season, and the Buccaneers improved to 6-9(1-1) on the season. The two teams are now tied in the Southern Conference standing with ETSU holding the tiebreaker by virtue of their head to head victory against UNCG. Brianna Gomez was one of the lone bright spots for the Spartans as she improved her singles record to 11-0 on the season with her victory over ETSU’s Jayde Viccars (6-2, 6-1).
On Saturday, the UNCG Men’s Tennis Team defeated the Bears of Bryant University by a final tally of 4-3 in the first game of the Battle at the Beach tournament hosted by UNC Wilmington. With the victory, the Spartans improved to 6-4 on the season and have also gained their first road victory as they look to carry some positive momentum into the beginning of Southern Conference play. For Bryant, the Bears fell to a disappointing 7-15 on the season as they would go onto lose this tightly contested contest and fall short of gaining a much needed win.
Bryant got off to hot start in the match winning the first points of the game by taking the No. 2 and 3 doubles matches. Senior Connor Thompson and fellow Spartan Ollie Palmer were able to easily defeat Bradley’s Matt Kuhar and Artur Jakubowski by a score of 6-2 in the No. 1 doubles match. Nico Grewe’s (6-3, 6-1) victory against Bradley’s Jose Isaias Ortiz-Garcia have the Spartans their first point of the match evening the score at 1-1. Bradley would go onto regain the lead in match No. 5, but their advantage was short-lived as UNCG responded with yet another victory in match No. 6. UNCG would carry this momentum through the rest of the match and ultimately come away with a hard fought victory with a final tally of 4-3.
On Sunday, UNCG fell to their hosts the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington by a score of 4-1. The Seahawks improve to 11-2 on what’s shaping up to be a very impressive season for the team this far and were able to defend their home court in the finale of the Battle at the Beach. The Spartans fell to 6-5 on the season and leave the tournament with the same plus one win/loss differential that they came into to the Battle at the Beach with. Senior Connor Thompson was one of the lone bright spots for the Spartans as he dominated UNC Wilmington’s Andres Torres defeating him in a singles in straight sets (6-1, 6-1).