MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Sophomore Chanon Varapongsittikul won a marathon match at No. 3 singles, but that was UNCG's lone victory of the day as the Spartans fell at No. 46 Memphis on Sunday, 6-1, at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
Varapongsittikul's match was the final one to finish Sunday, and his win kept UNCG (0-2) from getting shut out. After dropping the first set to the Tigers' Joe Salisbury by a 6-2 count, the Bangkok, Thailand, native took a 7-6 (8-6) win in the second set to force a super tiebreaker. There, Varapongsittikul grabbed a 10-8 victory to get the Spartans on the board.
Memphis (3-0) swept through doubles to jump out to the early 1-0 lead. Salisbury and David O'Hare, the 47th-ranked doubles duo in the nation, took an 8-4 win over UNCG's Orcun Seyrek and Ahmet Sarioglu at No. 1.
At No. 2, David Henry and Connor Glennon downed Varapongsittikul and Randy Phillips, 8-2. Cedric De Zutter and Leon Nasemann completed the sweep with an 8-5 win over Cameron Smith and Jimmy Roueche at No. 3.
In singles action, Johnny Grimal pushed the Tigers' lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ahmet Sarioglu at No. 2. David O'Leary made it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Smith at No. 5, and O'Hare, ranked 50th nationally, clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Seyrek at No. 1.
Glennon grabbed a 6-4, 6-1 win over Phillips at No. 4 and Henry topped Roueche at No. 6, 6-2, 6-3.
UNCG returns to the courts Saturday when it will host Gardner-Webb at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center at 4 p.m.
#46 Memphis 6, UNCG 1
1. #50 David O'Hare (MEM) def. Orcun Seyrek (UNCG) 6-1, 6-1
2. Johnny Grimal (MEM) def. Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) 6-1, 6-3
3. C. Varapongsittikul (UNCG) def. Joe Salisbury (MEM) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-8)
4. Connor Glennon (MEM) def. Randy Phillips (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1
5. David O'Leary (MEM) def. Cameron Smith (UNCG) 6-1, 6-0
6. David Henry (MEM) def. Jimmy Roueche (UNCG) 6-2, 6-3
1. #47 David O'Hare/Joe Salisbury (MEM) def. Orcun Seyrek/Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) 8-4
2. David Henry/Connor Glennon (MEM) def. C. Varapongsittikul/Randy Phillips (UNCG) 8-2
3. Cedric De Zutter/Leon Nasemann (MEM) def. Cameron Smith/Jimmy Roueche (UNCG) 8-5
Memphis 3-0; National ranking #46
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,5,1,4,6,3)
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