ORLANDO, Fla.-The UNCG men’s tennis team fell to 7-4 on the year after suffering a 5-2 loss to the University of Central Florida Friday at the UCF Tennis Complex.
UCF, who was ranked No. 62 in the ITA rankings, took the first point of the afternoon after sweeping the doubles matches. Amar Hromic and Jesse Flores defeated James Dougherty (Melbourne, Australia) and Randy Phillips (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) 8-7 (8-6) at no. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, Gaston Murray (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) and Cameron Smith (Jamestown, N.C./Ragsdale) fell 8-0 to Francesc Aulina and Matthew Gladstone. Nazhone Wilkins (Burnsville, Minnesota/Home schooled) and Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) fell to Inaki Espindola and Reece Acree 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.
The Knights went into the singles matches up 1-0. At No. 1 singles, Dougherty defeated Gladstone in three sets 6-1, 6-3, and 2-1 after Gladstone retired.
Phillips fell to Hromic 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Murray fell to Aulina in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.
At No.4 singles, Mack fell 6-2, 6-2. Espindola earned UCF the match point at No. 5 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Smith.
Wilkins earned UNCG’s second point of the afternoon over Jose Sangroniz. Wilkins won the first set 7-5 and after dropping the second set 6-4, bounced back to take set three 6-2.
The Spartans will remain on the road next week as they travel to Greenville, N.C. to take on the Pirates of East Carolina on Thursday, March 20. UNCG next has a pair of SoCon matches next weekend with trips to Furman and Wofford.