Wofford edges UNCG men's tennis, 4-3

UNCGSpartans.com 03-23-2012
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A hotly contested doubles point proved the difference Saturday as Wofford topped UNCG in Southern Conference men's tennis action, 4-3 at the Reeves Tennis Center.

Wofford's Walker Heffron and Jackson Keith earned an 8-4 victory over UNCG's Cameron Smith and Jimmy Roueche at No. 3 doubles to get things going, meaning the fate of the doubles point hung on a pair of close matches in the top two flights.

UNCG's Randy Phillips and Chanon Varapongsittikul gutted out a 9-7 win over Tom Wood and Stuart Robertson at No. 2, but Tinus Van Wyk and Rob Galloway pulled out an even closer victory over Orcun Seyrek and Ahmet Sarioglu, knocking off the Spartans' top duo, 9-8 (8-6), to clinch the point for the Terriers.

The teams were dead even in singles play, with UNCG (7-9, 4-2 SoCon) winning at the top three flights and Wofford (3-8, 2-2 SoCon) picking up victories in the bottom three.

Wood downed Smith at No. 5, 6-4, 6-2, and Heffron stopped Roueche at No. 6, 6-3, 6-2, to make it 3-0. Galloway clinched the match with a 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 6-3 win over Phillips at No. 4.

With the match no longer in doubt, Varapongsittikul, playing back up at No. 3 after seeing his first action at No. 4 on Friday at Furman, earned a 6-4, 6-4 win over Keith.

Seyrek won in straight sets at No. 1, downing Van Wyk by a 6-4, 6-4 score. Sarioglu bounced back from losing his first set in a tiebreaker for a 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-2 win over Drew Superstein at No. 2.

Wofford's win snapped the Terriers' two-match losing streak to the Spartans.

UNCG returns to action on March 31 when it hosts Appalachian State for a match at the UNCG Tennis Courts at noon. The Spartans' women's team will also be in action at noon that day, hosting Wofford at the UNCG Tennis Courts.

Wofford 4, UNCG 3

Singles competition
1. Orcun Seyrek (UNCG) def. Tinus Van Wyk (WOF) 6-4, 6-4
2. Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) def. Drew Superstein (WOF) 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-2
3. C. Varapongsittikul (UNCG) def. Jackson Keith (WOF) 6-4, 6-4
4. Rob Galloway (WOF) def. Randy Phillips (UNCG) 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 6-3
5. Tom Wood (WOF) def. Cameron Smith (UNCG) 6-4, 6-2
6. Walker Heffron (WOF) def. Jimmy Roueche (UNCG) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Tinus Van Wyk/Rob Galloway (WOF) def. Orcun Seyrek/Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) 9-8 (8-6)
2. Randy Phillips/C. Varapongsittikul (UNCG) def. Tom Wood/Stuart Robertson (WOF) 9-7
3. Walker Heffron/Jackson Keith (WOF) def. Cameron Smith/Jimmy Roueche (UNCG) 8-4

Match Notes:
UNCG 7-9, 4-2 SoCon
Wofford 3-8, 2-2 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,3,1,2)

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