GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s tennis team fell to No. 35 NC State, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
The Spartans sit at 0-2 on the season while the Wolfpack improve to 1-0.
College tennis teams across the country will be playing with an experimental scoring system in January and February. As always, teams will be vying for four team points, but the match scoring will be a little different. The three doubles matches to start the contest will be played as six-game sets, instead of eight-game sets. Matches will feature no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker if it is tied at 5-5. The team that wins two of the three doubles matches wins one team point. Six singles matches will then be played, each worth one team point. Matches will be best-of-three sets with no-ad scoring. Rules will return to NCAA format after the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February.
The Spartans and Wolfpack played to these experimental rules as NC State won all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead in the match. At No. 3 doubles, Austin Powell and Beck Bond defeated freshman Nazhone Wilkins (Burnsville, Minnesota/Home schooled) and senior Jimmy Roueche (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), 6-2.
At No. 2 doubles, Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge took down sophomore Daniel Mack (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland) and senior Ahmet Sarioglu (Ankera, Turkey/METU Development Foundation), 6-2. In the final doubles match, sophomore James Dougherty (Melbourne, Australia) and junior Randy Phillips (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) pushed the No. 19 ranked doubles team to the brink but fell just short to Nick Horton and Sean Weber, 6-5 (7-5), in a close tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles.
NC State continued its strong play in singles after Mudge, ranked No. 76 in the nation, won in straight sets against Phillips, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Austin Powell (No. 50) made it 3-0 overall with a 6-2, 6-4, victory against Dougherty at No. 2 singles.
Nick Horton, ranked No. 83 nationally, clinched the match with a straight sets win against Mack, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Sarioglu battled at No. 1 singles but lost in straight sets to No. 82 Thomas Weigel, 6-4, 6-5 (7-5).
Wilkins fell in straight sets to Beck Bond, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. Sophomore Gaston Murray (Lake Worth, Fla./Park Vista) finished the match falling to Sean Weber, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
UNCG doesn’t return to the court until Feb. 8 when they host North Carolina Central at the UNCG Tennis Courts at Noon.
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