Men's Tennis Hosts Elon Thursday 04-03-2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's tennis program hosts fellow Southern Conference member Elon Thursday, April 4 at the UNCG tennis courts at 1:30 p.m. 

"This is my favorite match of the year," said head coach Thomas Mozur. "It's a great opportunity to play one of the best in the conference while being a cross town rival. We need a solid effort on all courts tomorrow."

The Spartans are coming off of a 5-2 victory when they hosted Binghamton Saturday. The Blue and Gold advanced to 11-2 on the season and hold a 4-2 record in the SoCon. 

The Blue and Gold picked up the doubles point after winning two out of three matches against the Bearcats. 

Freshman Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) and junior Ahmet Sarioglu (Ankara, Turkey/METU Development Foundation) lead the team at No. 2 with an 8-2 win over Sid Hazarika and Eliott Hureau.

At No. 3, sophomore Cameron Smith (Jamestown, N.C. / Ragsdale) and freshman Gaston Murray (Lake Worth, Fla. / Park Vista) beat Robin Lesage and Ruben Haggai, 8-4. 

Freshman James Dougherty (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Randy Phillips (Snellville, Ga. / Brookwood) dropped a close 8-6 match against Bastian Bornkessel and Ismael Dinia at No. 1. 

Dougherty picked up the first singles victory for UNCG at No. 2 when he outplayed Alexander Maisin in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

Murray won in an easy two sets against Lesage at No. 3, 6-4, 6-2, before Phillips clinched the match when he won 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 against Dinia at No. 4.

Sarioglu lost in a tough three sets to Hazarika at No. 1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, while Mack fought at No. 5 in a tight three-set match, but fell 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Haggai. 

At No. 6, Smith tied up the match with a hard fought victory against Florian van Kann, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7). 

The Elon University men's tennis team is coming off of a 4-3 win over South Alabama on Sunday, March 31.

The Phoenix improved to 13-5 with the victory, the team's ninth in its last ten matches. Cameron Silverman of Elon is ranked No. 45 in the nation in singles as well as No. 34 in doubles along with Stephan Fortmann.

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