Men's Tennis Welcomes Furman and ECU 03-18-2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's tennis program continues Southern Conference play when it hosts Furman Tuesday, March 19, before hosting East Carolina Thursday, March 21. Both matches will be played at the UNCG tennis courts at 2 p.m. 

"We had a tough road swing last week and are looking forward to getting back on track against Furman tomorrow," said head coach Thomas Mozur. "This is always a tough match. They have an experienced line-up so we will have to bring a strong effort in to tomorrows match." 

The Spartans are coming off of a tough week of back-to-back losses when they dropped their matches to Samford and Chattanooga, 4-3 and 6-1 respectively. The Blue and Gold hold a 7-2 record for the season and are 2-2 in the SoCon. 

At Samford, freshman Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) and junior Ahmet Sarioglu (Ankara, Turkey/METU Development Foundation) won at No. 2 against Elliot Barnwell and Austin Akers, 8-4. 

Freshman James Dougherty (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Randy Phillips (Snellville, Ga. / Brookwood) beat No. 52 Zac Dunkle and Garrison Laduca at No. 1, 9-8 (7-3). 

In singles play, Sarioglu won his match at No. 1, 6-0 as Dunkle retired due to an injury, while freshman Gaston Murray (Lake Worth, Fla. / Park Vista) also won his match at No. 4 against Sajonz, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (8-5). 

At Chattanooga, sophomore Cameron Smith (Jamestown, N.C./Ragsdale) and Murray picked up the lone doubles win at No. 2 against Chris Smith and Roberto Vieira, 8-6. 

At No. 2, Murray won the only singles match for the Spartans 6-2, 6-3 against Chris Smith. 

Furman holds a 2-10 record this season and are 0-2 in SoCon play. The Paladins fell to Elon in their last match, 7-0. 

East Carolina defeated NCAA Division II Flagler College, 8-1, Thursday afternoon at the Flagler Tennis Center for its eighth consecutive victory. The Pirates improved to 11-1 overall and Flagler, ranked 33rd in Division II, fell to 3-7.

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