Men's Tennis Ready For No. 6 seed Georgia Southern in SoCon Tournament
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- The UNCG men’s tennis team will kick off post season play on Thursday, April 17 with a 10:30 a.m. match against Georgia Southern.
On March 9, the Spartans swept the Eagles in Statesboro. UNCG earned the doubles point to start that match up 1-0. At No. 1 doubles James Dougherty (Melbourne, Australia) and Randy Phillips (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) defeated Christian Kerrigan and Daniel Rush 8-2.
With Ahmet Sarioglu out of the lineup, the No.2 and No. 3 doubles lineups were adjusted a bit. Gaston Murray(Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) and Cameron Smith (Jamestown, N.C./Ragsdale) took down Kyle Hoffman and Nico DeGroof 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) and Nazhone Wilkins (Burnsville, Minnesota/Home schooled) defeated Albert Codina Sala and Marco Osorio 8-6.
At No. 1 singles, Dougherty defeated Oliver Webb in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. The first set ended in a close fight after Dougherty won the tie-breaker 9-7.
At No. 2 singles, Phillips beat Codina Sala 6-4, 6-3. Gaston Murray took down Kyle Hoffman 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Mack fell in the first set 4-6 to Osorio but bounced back to take set two 7-6 after a 7-4 tie-breaker win. The third set went to a super tiebreaker and Mack took the victory 1-0 (10-6).
At No. 5 singles, Smith defeated Rafael Racy 6-1, 6-4. Another tiebreaker was required at No. 6 singles. James Flynn (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) won the first set over Nico DeGroof 7-6 after a 7-1 tiebreaker win and then secured another Spartan point with a 6-0 set two win.
Dougherty finished the regular season 12-5 in singles play. Sarioglu finished 9-7 at the No. 1 singles slate and both Smith and Phillips finished 14-4. Mack wrapped up at 13-6 and Murray finished 12-6.
On the doubles sides, Dougherty and Phillips finished 10-4 and Mack and Sarioglu finished 8-5. After a line-up adjustment late in the season the new pairs of Dougherty and Sarioglu, Phillips and Wilkins, and Mack and Smith finished with perfect records of 3-0, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Sarioglu earned first team SoCon postseason awards for his play at No. 1 singles. Dougherty and Phillips were named to the conference’s second team for their performances at No. 1 doubles.
Georgia Southern finished the season with wins over Davidson, Chattanooga, The Citadel and Wofford. The Eagles’ conference losses came at the hands of the Spartans, Appalachian State, Elon, Samford and Furman.