UNCG hosts Appalachian State, CofC this weekend
UNCG (7-9, 4-2 SoCon) vs. Appalachian State (10-5, 4-1 SoCon), March 31, 12 p.m., UNCG Tennis Courts
UNCG vs. College of Charleston (10-3, 4-0 SoCon), April 1, 12 p.m., UNCG Tennis Courts
- UNCG's men's tennis team can make a move in the Southern Conference standings this weekend when it hosts two of the top three teams in the league. The Spartans will take on Appalachian State on Saturday and College of Charleston on Sunday, both at noon at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
- UNCG's men's and women's tennis teams will both be in action the UNCG Tennis Courts this weekend, playing noon matches concurrently on both days. The Spartan women will host Wofford and Furman on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
- College of Charleston enters the weekend alone in first in the league with a 4-0 SoCon ledger, while Appalachian State is third at 4-1, a half-game behind Samford (5-1). UNCG is half a game back of App at 4-2, good for fourth in the SoCon.
- The Spartans, who have alternated wins and losses over their last 11 matches, fell at Wofford last time out, dropping the 4-3 decision in Spartanburg, S.C., on March 24. The Terriers took the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles matches for the early 1-0 lead and picked up wins at the bottom three singles flights to grab the win.
- Ahmet Sarioglu, a sophomore, leads the team in singles wins with an 18-7 mark on the season and is 12-4 in dual play, all at No. 2. He has won eight straight matches. Senior Orcun Seyrek is second on the squad in wins at 14-9 with an 11-5 dual mark, all at No. 1. Freshman Randy Phillips is also in double digits with an 11-14 record, including a 7-8 record at No. 4.
- In doubles play, sophomore Chanon Varapongsittikul and Phillips are a team-best 13-8 with a 9-7 mark at No. 2. Sarioglu and Seyrek are 12-8 with a 10-6 mark at No. 1. Cameron Smith and Jimmy Roueche are 4-12 at No. 3.
- UNCG has won the doubles point just seven times in 16 tries this season.
- Appalachian State is 10-5 overall and has won four straight, all in conference play. The Mountaineers took a 7-0 win over The Citadel on Thursday, sweeping through doubles and singles play. Nos. 2-6 singles won in straight sets, while Alex Markov overcame a first-set loss and won in a super tiebreaker at No. 1.
- The Apps have a trio of student-athletes with 10 singles wins. Steve Karendal is 10-4 at No. 5, Alain Humblet is 10-5 (10-4 at No. 3) and Philip Kloc is 10-5 (10-4 at No. 2). Markov is 8-7 at No. 1.
- In doubles, Humblet and Markov are 10-1 at No. 2 while Kloc and Sebastien King are 7-4 at No. 1. Karendal and Andrew McKinnon are 5-3 at No. 3.
- The Mountaineers took a 6-1 win over UNCG on March 25, 2011, to snap a two-match losing streak to the Spartans. Jacob Wright and Yaroslav Litus picked up UNCG's only win in doubles that day at No. 2, while Wright got UNCG on the board with a win at No. 6 singles.
- College of Charleston has won eight of its last nine with just a 6-1 loss at No. 48 South Carolina on March 18 in that span. Since then, the Cougars have beaten Samford, Chattanooga and UNC Asheville, in that order.
- In Friday's 7-0 win over UNCA, CofC swept singles play and won at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles.
- Crescente Lesser leads the Cougars in wins with a 10-2 mark, including an 8-2 showing at No. 4. Alon Faiman is 8-1 at No. 6 and Mickael Trintignac is 9-4 No. 1.
- In doubles, Trintignac and Kyle Parker are a stellar 11-2 together with a 10-2 mark at No. 1. Faiman and Tom Delme are 6-4 at No. 2, while the No. 3 slot has been occupied by four different tandems.
- The Cougars have won two straight over UNCG with last season's 7-0 win in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on April 8, 2011. Seyrek and Timion Meijs won at No. 1 doubles for the Spartans' lone victory on the day.
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