Phillips' rally caps UNCG's 4-3 win over Appalachian State
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Freshman Randy Phillips stormed back from a 6-2 deficit in his second-set tiebreaker to win his No. 4 singles match and clinch UNCG's 4-3 win over Appalachian State on Saturday at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
With the match knotted at 3 and a 6-2 win in the first set already in his pocket, Phillips and Sebastien King were deadlocked at 6 games each in the second set. Phillips found himself on the verge of heading to a third set as King ran out to a 6-2 lead in the tiebreaker, but Phillips came roaring back, winning seven of the next eight points to grab the 7-6 (9-7) win in the set and clinch the match.
With the win, UNCG moved to 8-9 overall and 5-2 in the Southern Conference, jumping past Appalachian State, which fell to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the league.
Phillips had a flair for the dramatic all day, as he and Chanon Varapongsittikul gutted out a 9-8 (7-5) win over Alain Humblet and Alex Markov at No. 2 doubles to clinch that point and stake the Spartans to an early 1-0 advantage.
Orcun Seyrek and Ahmet Sarioglu dropped King and Philip Kloc at No. 1, 8-6, but the Mountaineers countered with a win at No. 3 as Steve Karendal and Andrew McKinnon topped Jimmy Roueche and Cameron Smith 8-4.
In singles play, App pulled even with Matt Saltsgaver's 6-3, 6-0 win over Roueche at No. 6 and took its only lead of the day when Karendal defeated Smith at No. 5, 6-2, 6-1.
Sarioglu pulled UNCG level with his 7-5, 6-3 win over Kloc at No. 2, and Seyrek put the Spartans back on top with a win over Markov by the same score at No. 1.
Humblet tied the match with his 6-4, 6-3 win over Varapongsittikul at No. 3, putting the fate of the match into the hands of Phillips and King at No. 4.
UNCG has now won three of the last four against the Mountaineers.
The Spartans return to action Sunday at noon when they host SoCon-leading College of Charleston at the UNCG Tennis Courts. UNCG's women's team, which shares the SoCon lead with Furman, welcomes the Paladins at noon, as well, for a first-place showdown.
UNCG 4, Appalachian State 3
1. Orcun Seyrek (UNCG) def. Alex Markov (ASU) 7-5, 6-3
2. Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) def. Philip Kloc (ASU) 7-5, 6-3
3. Alain Humblet (ASU) def. C. Varapongsittikul (UNCG) 6-4, 6-3
4. Randy Phillips (UNCG) def. Sebastien King (ASU) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
5. Steve Karendal (ASU) def. Cameron Smith (UNCG) 6-2, 6-1
6. Matt Saltsgaver (ASU) def. Jimmy Roueche (UNCG) 6-3, 6-0
1. Ahmet Sarioglu/Orcun Seyrek (UNCG) def. Sebastien King/Philip Kloc (ASU) 8-6
2. Randy Phillips/C. Varapongsittikul (UNCG) def. Alain Humblet/Alex Markov (ASU) 9-8 (7-5)
3. Steve Karendal/Andrew McKinnon (ASU) def. Jimmy Roueche/Cameron Smith (UNCG) 8-4
Appalachian State 10-6, 4-2 SoCon
UNCG 8-9, 5-2 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4)
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