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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s tennis registered its first Southern Conference win Monday afternoon at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center. The Spartans decisively took the match by earning the doubles point and taking five of the six singles. UNCG improves to 5-3 and 1-1 in SoCon play. Samford falls to 5-7 and 0-2 in the SoCon.

Marcus Vidgren (Stockholm, Sweden/Stockholm Idrotts Gymnasium) and Logan Walker (Stuart, Fla./Morningside Academy) were the first of many wins on the afternoon, defeating Aleksander Petrovic and Hugo Moreira, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles. Samford evened the score with a win at No. 1, but Jack Burkill (London, Great Britain/Millfield School) and Nico Grewe (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) defeated Russow Norval and Justin Ghavami, 7-6 (1) to take the doubles point.

Singles competition got started with Daniel Hammarstedt (Stockholm, Sweden/Ava Gymnasium) earning a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Norval for the second point. Vidgren also notched a straight-set victory, defeating Jake Faundez, 6-1, 7-5. After Petrovic took the match at No. 5, Connor Thompson (Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents), Burkill and Palmer all earned wins. Thompson defeated Ghavami, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 1, Burkill notched a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 win at No. 6 with Palmer earning a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win at No. 3.

Singles competition

  1. Connor Thompson (UNCG) def. Justin Ghavami (SAM) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
  2. Marcus Vidgren (UNCG) def. Jake Faundez (SAM) 6-1, 7-5
  3. Ollie Palmer (UNCG) def. Eduardo Lourido (SAM) 6-4, 7-6 (5-0)
  4. Daniel Hammarstedt (UNCG) def. Rossouw Norval (SAM) 6-1, 6-2
  5. Aleksandar Petrovic (SAM) def. Ian Melnik (UNCG) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
  6. Jack Burkill (UNCG) def. Hugo Moreira (SAM) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 

Doubles competition

  1. Eduardo Lourido/Jake Faundez (SAM) def. Connor Thompson/Ollie Palmer (UNCG) 6-4
  2. Jack Burkill/Nico Grewe (UNCG) def. Rossouw Norval/Justin Ghavami (SAM) 7-6 (1-0)
  3. Marcus Vidgren/Logan Walker (UNCG) def. Aleksandar Petrovic/Hugo Moreira (SAM) 6-2

Match Notes:

Samford Men's Tennis 5-7

UNCG Men's Tennis 5-3

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

UNCG men’s tennis is back in action Wednesday as it heads to Myrtle Beach for a matchup with Troy at 2 p.m.