It has been an incredible spring semester for sports at UNCG. Spartan athletics have been strong across the board, from a historic men’s basketball season, to blazing hot starts in softball and baseball. If you were a student at UNCG during the Spring of 2018, you are bound to have memories provided by one of these teams that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. Hopefully you didn’t miss the action in person, but here is a recap of some of this semester’s highlights in Spartan sports.
There is really no place to start other than with the UNCG Men’s Basketball team. Head Coach Wes Miller guided the Spartans back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2001 season and ended with a 27-8 record overall.
That was the highest win total in the history of the program, and it was huge for Miller to back up the previous year’s 25 win total with another impressive season. It certainly didn’t hurt having First-team All-SoCon performer Francis Alonso, one of the most clutch players in the country, pouring in 15 points-per-game.
Although the season ended with a heartbreaking loss to Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA’s, no one will forget the unbelievable ride this team took us on. They beat NC State in Raleigh, winning the SoCon regular season title for a second straight year. They then went on to win the conference tournament ,and with everyone cramming into the EUC for the NCAA selection show, this team did Greensboro proud.
Moving forward, even more fans need to catch on and finally fill up the Coliseum on a regular basis to make this a destination other teams don’t look forward to visiting.
It is still to be determined just how great of a season UNCG Softball will turn in, but they have been stellar to date. Right now the Spartans own a 38-9 mark overall and stand at 11-2 in conference play. To put things into perspective, this year’s squad has already won eight more games than the total from last year’s 29 win effort.
This team is exciting to watch and can score runs at a high clip. Seven games this season have already seen them break into double digits in the scoring column. The Spartans finish up the regular season on the road with trips to N.C.State and Samford.
UNCG Baseball has enjoyed similar success as they try to keep up with their softball counterparts and now stand at 29-10 overall with a 10-2 score against SoCon competition. To think the team has been able to accomplish this despite the uninspiring name of their home stadium (which would be UNCG Baseball Stadium).
Imagine what the ceiling for this team could be if they were given a proper moniker for their stadium to go along with all the talent and grit that they play with. Runs have not been a problem for this squad, although runs for opposing teams don’t come so easy, especially when Jack Maynard or Matt Frisbee take the mound. Maynard owns a 1.62 ERA, and Frisbee is a perfect 8-0 on the year.
While there may have not been as much team success in some of the other sports at UNCG, there were certainly a few individual standouts. Ije Ajemba was an absolute terror for opposing teams in Women’s Basketball. She was named to the First-team All SoCon Tournament team in March, and averaged a double-double on the season, grabbing what seemed like somewhere between one and two million rebounds on the season.
Even more recently, golfer Bryce Hendrix put together a string of steady play through the month of March, and Men’s Tennis’ Connor Thompson was named SoCon Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
The Athletic Department at UNCG is owed a big thanks for giving students plenty to cheer for this semester. Spartan teams have entertained and inspired many over the past few months and for some have surely provided a nice outlet from the grind of the long school year.