GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG senior Ian Melnik capped off the final regular season match of his Spartan career with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Chattanooga’s Pablo Llebeili on Saturday, April 13th at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.
Chattanooga (13-10, 3-3 SoCon) opened the match by sweeping its way through doubles action. The tandem of Luke Plaisted / Llebeili snagged the first doubles win (6-3) against Cooper Wyett / Rogowski. The Mocs followed with a 6-2 victory by the tandem of Niklas Gerdes / Tomas Rodriguez, who downed Hugh Knapp / Jack Burkill.
The final Chattanooga win in doubles action came from the team of Kerim Hyatt / Simon Bustamante, who defeated Grewe / Ollie Palmer by a 6-3 margin.
Rogowski tied the match at 1-1 when he claimed a 6-0, 6-3 victory against Plaisted in singles action. Grewe provided the Spartans with their first lead of the afternoon, 2-1, with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Rodriguez.
Bustamante evened the match with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in No. 5 singles over Burkill. Hyatt put Chattanooga within one point of the victory after a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) against Knapp.
Melnik’s win in No. 6 singles action over Llebeili set the stage for the decisive match between Palmer and Gerdes. Gerdes rallied from an opening set loss to win a three-set clash between the No. 1 seeds by a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 final.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday, April 18th, when they take on second-seeded Furman in the opening round of the SoCon Championships in Macon, Ga.