GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s tennis team heads to South Carolina this weekend for a pair of matches at Furman (Saturday, March 16) and Presbyterian (March 17).
The first of the two-match road swing will take place in Greenville, S.C., against the Southern Conference rival Paladins on Saturday at 1 p.m. UNCG, which 3-7 overall and 1-1 in league action, is looking to pick up its second victory in conference action this season. The first win of the campaign came against The Citadel (4-3) on Monday, March 4.
Furman (8-3, 1-0 SoCon) enters with a seven-match winning streak, which began with a 4-3 victory over Belmont on Feb. 2. Three of these wins have come by virtue of 7-0 margins, including triumphs over USC Upstate (March 9), North Greenvile (March 9) and Appalachian State (March 23). Like UNCG, the only SoCon victory for Furman came against The Citadel (6-1) on Feb. 16.
The Spartans conclude their trip when they head to nearby Clinton, S.C., to take on Presbyterian at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. The Blue Hose are 10-8 on the season, after dropping their last two matches against Belmont (6-1) and Lipscomb (2-4). Their last win came on March 7 against USC Upstate by a 5-2 margin.
UNCG is looking to halt a two-match losing streak, following a series of setbacks to Coastal Carolina (5-2) and Southern Miss (4-0) in succession. In the Spartans last outing, Southern Miss emerged with a 4-0 clinch match victory on Thursday, March 14.
The Golden Eagles (5-5) opened the day with a doubles 6-3 victory by Matthieu Peres / Youssef Tamimount, who downed the Spartans (3-7) tandem Roger Rogowski / Ian Melnik. That was quickly followed by Jorman Reyes / Ronit Bisht claiming a 6-4 victory against the duo of Ollie Palmer / Nico Grewe.
Southern Miss added their second point of the match in singles when Mieszko Kwasniewski posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over fellow No. 6 Copper Wyett. The third point come by virtue of Reyes’ second win of the day, as he edged Palmer 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a tightly-contested battle of No. 2 seeds. Bisht brought home the victory for the Golden Eagles with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 triumph against Grewe in the clash of No. 1 seeds.