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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – UNCG men’s tennis opened up Southern Conference play Saturday morning at ETSU. The Spartans dropped the SoCon opener, 6-1 and fall to 4-3 on the season. ETSU improves to 5-4 on the year.

ETSU earned a sweep of the three doubles competitions to earn the first point of the match. Connor Thomson (Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents) and Ian Melnik (Lawrenceville, Ga./Rivers Academy) fell at No. 1 with Jack Burkill (London, Great Britain/Millfield School) and Marcus Vidgren (Stockholm, Sweden/Stockholm Idrotts Gymnasium) falling at No. 2 at equal scores of 6-2. Logan Walker (Stuart, Fla./Morningside Academy) and Nico Grewe (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) suffered a 6-3 loss at No. 3.

Thompson earned UNCG’s lone victory in the match, defeating Robert Herrera, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1.

Singles competition

  1. Connor Thompson (UNCG) def. #121 Robert Herrera (ETSU) 6-4, 6-1
  2. Juan Lugo (ETSU) def. Marcus Vidgren (UNCG) 7-5, 6-4
  3. Sergi Fontcuberta (ETSU) def. Ollie Palmer (UNCG) 6-3, 6-3
  4. Frazier Rengifo (ETSU) def. Daniel Hammarstedt (UNCG) 6-2, 6-1
  5. David Gonzalez (ETSU) def. Ian Melnik (UNCG) 6-0, 6-1
  6. Miguel Este (ETSU) def. Jack Burkill (UNCG) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition

  1. Juan Lugo/Tasei Miyamoto (ETSU) def. Connor Thompson/Ian Melnik (UNCG) 6-3
  2. Sergi Fontcuberta/Robert Herrera (ETSU) def. Marcus Vidgren/Jack Burkill (UNCG) 6-2
  3. Miguel Este/Frazier Rengifo (ETSU) def. Logan Walker/Nico Grewe (UNCG) 6-2

Match Notes:

UNCG Men's Tennis 4-3, 0-1 SoCon

ETSU Men's Tennis 5-4, 1-0 SoCon

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,1,3,6,2)

UNCG men’s tennis is back in action Monday, March 12th as it hosts the Samford Bulldogs at 1 p.m. at the UNCG Tennis Courts.