GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s tennis team wraps up its three-match homestand this weekend when it host Southern Conference rival Wofford on Saturday, March 23 and follow with a non-conference clash against USC Upstate on Sunday, March 24.
The Spartans (4-9) begin their weekend with the clash against Wofford (5-10, 2-2 SoCon) as they look to improve to 2-2 in league play. UNCG, which is 3-6 at home this season, picked up its most recent Southern Conference win at home against The Citadel on March 4th, when it emerged with a 4-3 victory.
Wofford enters the match dropping three of its last four matches, including a 6-1 decision to Furman on Wednesday, March 20th. The two SoCon wins for the Terriers came against Samford (4-0) and Mercer (4-3) on March 1st and March 16th, respectively.
USC Upstate (1-10) is a Big South Conference program which has dropped 10 straight matches after opening the 2019 season with a 7-0 win over Belmont Abbey. The Spartans last took to the courts against Elon, who prevailed 7-0 on Thursday, March 21st.
UNCG LAST MATCH RECAP (vs. East Carolina)
Sophomore Nico Grewe picked up his team-best seventh singles win of the season on Wednesday, downing East Carolina’s Vlad Anghel in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) when the two teams met at the UNCG Tennis Courts. Grewe, who is now 7-6 in singles action, picked up the lone win in UNCG’s 6-1 setback to the Pirates.
The Pirates (12-4) opened the match with a pair of doubles victories, assuming the 1-0 advantage in the process. The first came when Javier Renones / Wisse Jonker posted a 6-1 win over Grewe / Ollie Palmer. ECU grabbed the second victory as Will Bissett / Vlad Anghel tripped up Eric Whisnant / Ian Melnik by a 6-2 margin.
Diego Marques recorded the second win for East Carolina, first in singles, when he slipped past Palmer by scores of 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 singles. Renones grabbed his second win of the afternoon (6-3, 6-3) in a clash with Hugh Knapp. Grewe got UNCG on the board with his win over Anghel, but Bissett clinched the match for East Carolina as he rebounded from an opening set loss to down Jack Burkill by a 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 margin.
Jonker stretched the Pirates’ lead to 5-1 in the match after battling past Ian Melnik 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the clash of No. 4 seeds. The final win for ECU came by virtue of Ronny Georgi’s 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (11-9) victory over Roger Rogowski in a battle of No. 5 seeds.