UNCGSPARTANS.COM
3-8-2019

GREENSBORO, N.C. – After winning two of its last three matches, claiming victories against James Madison (4-3) and The Citadel (4-3) along the way, the UNCG men’s tennis team looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time in 2019 when it heads to Daytona Beach, Fla., to face Coastal Carolina on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

UNCG, which improved to 3-5 overall on the season after downing The Citadel in a doubleheader on Monday, will face the Chanticleers in a non-conference match at the Florida Tennis Center. The Spartans have three players heading into the weekend with at least four singles wins, including Nico Grewe (5-3), Hugh Knapp (4-4) and Ollie Palmer (4-3). Grewe and Palmer are also responsible for the most doubles wins (6-1) for UNCG in 2019.

The Spartans recently evened their Southern Conference mark to 1-1 following a 4-3 win over The Citadel. UNCG began the match by sweeping through doubles play, establishing the first point of the match. The team of Grewe / Palmer came through with a 6-2 win over Willem van Zyl / Gavin Stewart to claim the first win. That was followed by Knapp / Jack Burkill coming through with a 6-1 victory against Phillip Quinn / Noah Nawabi, giving UNCG the 1-0 lead in the match. The Spartans’ tandem of Ian Melnik / Roger Rogowski completed the sweep with a 6-3 triumph over Will Graham / Roy Hobson.

Grewe laid claim to his second win against the Bulldogs as he downed Hobson by scores of 6-2, 6-4 in the battle of No. 1 singles. Knapp was responsible for the third UNCG point of the match as he emerged with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nawabi.

Palmer came through with the decisive win (6-1, 6-3) by downing Jack Pyritz in singles play. However, The Citadel answered with three straight wins of their own. The first came in No. 4 singles, where van Zyl came away with a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (14-0) win against Rogowski. Quinn earned his first win of the day by virtue of a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory against Burkill. Stewart picked up the final win (2-6, 6-4, 7-6 {4-0}) in a clash with Melnik.

Coastal Carolina enters the weekend at 7-3 overall after successive wins over Toledo (7-0), N.C. A&T (6-1) and Ashland (7-0). The Chanticleers are 1-3 away from home and 1-0 in neutral site matches, with the one victory coming against Ashland on Thursday afternoon.