Men's Tennis Travels to Appalachian State, then Hosts Binghamton
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's tennis program heads to Boone, N.C. to play fellow Southern Conference member Appalachian State Friday, March 29 at 2 p.m., before hosting Binghamton Saturday, March 30 at the UNCG Tennis Courts. Play will begin at 12 p.m.
"This is a separation match, " said head coach Thomas Mozur. "A win puts us in good shape at the top of the conference. A loss puts us in the middle. It's always a tough match. They play well against us every year."
The Spartans are coming off of a 4-3 win against East Carolina last Friday.
Freshman Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) and junior Ahmet Sarioglu (Ankara, Turkey/METU Development Foundation) teamed up at No. 2 doubles to get the lone doubles win against Damien Brenard and John Schmitt, 8-4.
ECU secured the doubles point at No. 1 when Joran Vliegen and Colin Roler defeated freshman James Dougherty (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Randy Phillips (Snellville, Ga. / Brookwood) in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-3).
In singles play, Phillips fought at No. 4 in a third-set tiebreaker to win 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (6-3) against Brenard, before Dougherty won in an easy match against Schmitt at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2. At No. 5, Mack won in two sets against Mario Martinez, 7-5, 6-3, while Murray dropped his match at No. 3 to Soriano, 6-2, 6-4.
Smith picked up a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 6 against Roller to clinch the match for the Spartans. Sarioglu lost a grueling match at No. 1 against Vliegen, who is undefeated this season, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (6-3).
Appalachian State (4-9, 2-2 SoCon) hosted its second home match last week, but was unable to overcome SoCon foe Georgia Southern, dropping a 4-3 decision Friday evening at Deer Valley Racquet Club. The Mountaineers played only their second match at home after completing seven straight matches on the road, and split the week after blanking Davidson on March 20 in a 7-0 decision.
Binghamton holds a 7-8 record this season after beating James Madison, 6-1 Wednesday.
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