GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior Jack Burkill came through with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over James Madison’s William Karpinski, in the meeting of No. 6 singles, helping the UNCG men’s tennis team clinch its second win of the season on Sunday afternoon at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.
Burkill was one of three Spartans (2-4) to claim a win in singles play along with Nico Grewe and Roger Rogowski. The UNCG victory halted a five-match winning streak by the Dukes, who slipped to 9-3 on the season.
UNCG suffered a 6-1 setback in the first doubles match of the day, which went to the team of Karpinski / Gonzalo Adis, who downed Rogowski / Ian Melnik. However, the Spartans knotted the doubles play at 1-1 as Burkill / Hugh Knapp claimed a 7-6 (3-0) win over the tandem of Tate Steinour / Paul Mendoza. Teammates Nico Grewe / Ollie Palmer followed with a decisive 6-1 victory over Pierre Kohler / Alvaro Arce in the clash of No. 1 doubles to secure the doubles point.
Grewe quickly pushed the UNCG advantage to 2-0 in the match as he claimed a 7-6 (6-0), 6-4 win against Kohler in singles action. James Madison cut the margin in half with Mendoza’s 6-3, 7-6 victory over Knapp, in No. 3 singles.
Rogowski put the Spartans within one point of the team win after overcoming an opening set loss to down Damon Roberts 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
James Madison fought its way back into the match with a 6-4, 7-5 victory as Arce defeated Palmer, who was making his return to the court after missing time due to illness. The Dukes knotted the score at three-all as Adis triumphed over Melnik by scores of 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (3-0) in the clash of No. 5 seeds, setting the stage for the decisive Burkill match.
The Spartans will now turn their attention to a pair of matches on Monday, March 4 against Duquesne and The Citadel.
Duquesne brings a 4-5 record into Monday’s clash against the Spartans, splitting their last four matches. The match will be held at Barber Park in Greensboro.
The Citadel comes into the match at 6-12 and will head to Raleigh, N.C., at 9 a.m. to play Penn before traveling to Greensboro to square off with the Spartans. The Bulldogs head into the weekend on a two-match winning streak that includes triumphs over Oglethorpe and Southern Wesleyan.