Men's Tennis Beats ECU, 4-3
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's tennis team holds a 9-2 record this season after beating East Carolina, 4-3 Friday, March 22 at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.
With the victory, head coach Thomas Mozur became the all-time wins leader in UNCG men's tennis coaching history at the division one level.
"This was our best team performance of the year," said coach Mozur. "We competed hard on every court. This is the type of effort we need to bring to all our matches."
The Spartans dropped the doubles point when they lost two out of three matches to ECU.
Freshman Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) and junior Ahmet Sarioglu (Ankara, Turkey/METU Development Foundation) teamed up at No. 2 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).
The Spartans will return to action when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to take on Gardner-Webb Tuesday, March 26 at 2 p.m.
UNCG 4, East Carolina 3
1. Joran Vliegen (ECU) def. Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (6-3)
2. James Dougherty (UNCG) def. John Schmitt (ECU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Nicolas Soriano (ECU) def. Gaston Murray (UNCG) 6-2, 6-4
4. Randy Phillips (UNCG) def. Damien Brenard (ECU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Daniel Mack (UNCG) def. Mario Martinez (ECU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Cameron Smith (UNCG) def. Colin Roller (ECU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
1. Joran Vliegen/Colin Roller (ECU) def. James Dougherty/Randy Phillips (UNCG) 9-8 (7-3)
2. Daniel Mack/Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) def. Damien Brenard/John Schmitt (ECU) 8-4
3. Patriek Wolterbeek/Nicolas Soriano (ECU) def. Cameron Smith/Gaston Murray (UNCG) 8-3
East Carolina 11-2
UNCG 9-2, 3-2 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,5,3,6,1)
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