Men's Tennis Announces 2014-15 Slate
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Coming off a semifinal appearance in the Southern Conference tournament, the UNCG men’s tennis team under head coach Thomas Mozur has announced its 2014-15 schedule that includes three matches against NCAA Tournament participants.
“We are very excited about our 2014-2015 schedule,” said Mozur. “We have five competitive fall Invitationals including the Carolina Regionals. For the spring, we have a tough road as well playing four ranked opponents and a very difficult away schedule in February.”
The Spartans return four starters from a season ago, including All-Conference member Randy Phillips (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) who had 16 singles and doubles victories during the spring campaign. The other starters are senior Cameron Smith (Jamestown, N.C./Ragsdale), juniors Gaston Murray (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) and Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland). Four newcomers hope to make an immediate impact in transfer Warren Bryan (Greensboro, N.C./The Early College at Guilford/Longwood), freshmen Logan Walker (Stuart, Fla./Morningside Academy), Victor Marum (Oslo, Norway/Norwegian Elite) and Connor Thompson (Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents).
UNCG opens the fall season in the ECU Fall Invitational Sept. 12-14 before heading to Elon’s fall tournament Sept. 26-28. After a week off, the Spartans return to take part in the Wake Forest Invitational Oct. 10-12.
Just four days later, the Blue and Gold will head to the Carolina ITA Regional co-hosted by Duke and NC State Oct. 16-20. The Spartans will wrap up the fall season Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 in the Winthrop Fall Invitational.
UNCG will open the spring portion of the schedule on the road against in-state foe UNC Asheville Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. The Spartans will face Campbell Feb. 7 in their home opener at the UNCG Tennis Courts at noon and take on Norfolk State the following day at noon.
The Spartans next head out on a five-match road swing starting with the second annual NC Showdown against Charlotte Feb. 14 at noon. UNCG will face Big South rival Coastal Carolina Feb. 20 who picked up a dramatic 4-3 victory last season at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center. The Spartans will also face Richmond in a neutral site match at Coastal Carolina Feb. 21.
Five days later, the Spartans will head to Wilmington, N.C. to face the CAA champions UNCW Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. The Seahawks lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The road trip ends with a match against Gardner-Webb Feb. 28 at 1 p.m.
UNCG returns home to face Winthrop March 7 at noon and takes on former SoCon member Georgia Southern March 8 at noon at the UNCG Tennis Courts. The Blue and Gold open SoCon action with two road matches against Mercer March 11 and at Samford March 13.
The Blue and Gold host East Carolina March 18 at 2 p.m. before facing new SoCon member ETSU March 21 at 2 p.m. The Bucs have won eight-straight Atlantic Sun championship and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Spartans continue conference play with a road match at Davidson March 25 at 1 p.m. before hosting The Citadel March 29 at noon at the UNCG Tennis Courts. UNCG will face former SoCon foe Appalachian State April 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Boone, N.C. Three days later, the Spartans will host Wofford and Chattanooga on consecutive days both at noon at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
On April 8, UNCG will renew its rival against Elon in a non-conference match after the Phoenix join the CAA conference. The Spartans end the season on the road against conference foe Furman April 11. The Paladins knocked off UNCG in the SoCon semifinals in a close 4-3 match.
The 2015 SoCon Tournament will take place Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26. The championships will be held in Greenville, S.C. hosted by Furman University.
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