GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s tennis team opened the spring season Friday evening with a 5-2 loss at Charlotte. The Spartans won the doubles point and freshman Ollie Palmer (Twyning, Great Britain) picked up a win in singles play for the Spartans’ two points.
UNCG started the night well, taking the first two doubles matches to claim the doubles point against the 49ers. Senior Logan Walker (Stuart, Fla./Morningside Academy) teamed with freshman Nico Grewe (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) at No. 3 doubles for a 6-3 score over the Charlotte pairing of Leonardo Menezes and Siem Fenne. The Spartans claimed the doubles point by winning at No. 1 doubles when senior Connor Thompson (Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents) paired with junior Ian Melnik (Lawrenceville, Ga./Rivers Academy) for a 6-2 win over the duo of Benjamin Waynard and Sam Rice.
Charlotte won the first two singles’ matches of the day, claiming victories at No. 6 and No. 3 as Grewe (3-6, 0-6) and Melnik (2-6, 1-6) dropped matches, respectively. Palmer picked up the Spartans’ only single point winning at No. 5 over Menezes by a 6-4, 7-5 margin to tie the match at 2-2.
The 49ers closed out the victory by winning the last three singles matches for the 5-2 victory. Sophomore Daniel Hammarstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) fell at No. 4 singles to Waynard by a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 score. Thompson suffered a loss at No. 1 to Luca Keist by a 6-3, 7-5 (7-5) score securing the 49ers victory. Sophomore Marcus Vidgren (Stockholm, Sweden) closed out the match at No. 2 singles, falling to Constandinos Christoforuo by a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 score.
The Spartans return home for four-straight matches beginning Jan. 28 hosting Presbyterian at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center at 10 a.m.
1. Luca Keist (Charlotte) def. Connor Thompson (UNCG) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Constandinos Christoforuo (Charlotte) def. Marcus Vidgren (UNCG) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
3. Alejandro Garcia Moreno (Charlotte) def. Ian Melnik (UNCG) 6-2, 6-1
4. Benjamin Waynard (Charlotte) def Daniel Hammarstedt (UNCG) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Ollie Palmer (UNCG) def. Leonardo Menezes (Charlotte) 6-4, 7-5
6. Sam Rice (Charlotte) def. Nico Grewe (UNCG) 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,5,4,1,2)
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