GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG’s women’s tennis team will host a pair of Southern Conference matches this weekend when Wofford (March 16) and Mercer (March 17) visit the Triad.
The Spartans (4-7, 0-1 SoCon) are looking to rebound from a recent 6-1 setback to league foe Furman on Wednesday, March 13. UNCG has won two of its last three matches, including a pair of road victories at Northern Colorado (7-0) and Colorado State (4-3) in the last eight days.
Wofford, who the Spartans will oppose on Saturday at 1 p.m., has lost its last three contests dating back to a 4-3 setback on March 3 against Rhode Island. Prior to that the Terriers (8-4, 0-0 SoCon) had won five consecutive matches between Feb. 1 and Feb. 24, four of which came by 7-0 margins.
Mercer pays a visit to Greensboro on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. riding a six-match winning streak that began with a 4-3 victory over Troy on Feb. 16. The Bears have moved to 8-7 overall and 1-0 in SoCon play after posting a 5-2 win over Western Carolina on March 9.
In Mercer’s six-match winning streak they have posted four victories by 4-3 margins, including triumphs over Troy (Feb. 16), UAB (Feb. 27), Jacksonville State (March 7) and Cleveland State (March 10).
UNCG was led in its last match by freshman Erika Barquero, who earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Furman’s Julia Adams in a battle of No. 3 singles. However, it was the 43rd-ranked Paladins that emerged with the 6-1 team victory in the Southern Conference opener for the Spartans on Wednesday.
Furman grabbed the early advantage, when the duo of Katty Weymouth / Madison Dillon earned a 6-2 victory over Emily Ory / Brianna Gomez. Adams / Katarina Kozarov followed with a 6-3 triumph over the pairing of Barquero / Nancy Bridges to secure the first point for the Paladins.
Carol Elizabeth Kerman / Taylor Melville completed the doubles sweep for Furman with a 6-3 win against Sophia Adams / Eugenia Camacho. The Paladins assumed the 2-0 lead as Madison Dillon, the nation’s 123rd-ranked player, posted a 6-0, 6-1 over Gomez. That was quickly followed by Georgie Walker’s victory against Ory by scores of 6-0, 6-1.
The match-clinching win came as Katty Weymouth posted a 6-3, 6-3 win against Adams, giving Furman a 4-0 advantage. Kerman extended the lead to five points with a 6-3, 6-3 downing of Camacho in the clash of No. 5 seeds.After Barquero provided the Spartans with their first point of the day, teammate Bridges took 50th-ranked Kozarov to three sets before falling 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6).