GREENSBORO, N.C. - The College of Charleston men's tennis team edged UNCG, 4-3, to give fifth-year head coach Jay Bruner his first career coaching victory on the road at Greensboro on Sunday afternoon at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
The Cougars (11-3) remain an undefeated 5-0 at the midway point of the Southern Conference season. It marked the program's first road win at UNCG since 2007 having hosted the Spartans (7-10, 4-3 SoCon) the last two years at home at the CofC Tennis Center.
For the weekend, junior left-hander Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) went 4-0 in singles and doubles against league competition which included his match-winning backhand forcing shot cross court to clinch the Cougars' fourth consecutive victory of the season. He led 40-15 and served out the final game of his three-setter with UNCG's Chanon Varapongsittikul, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 3 singles.
"At 3-all, I knew my teammates needed me," said Parker, who was down a set and a break in the second set and fought back. "I just kept fighting as hard as I could. They cheered me on throughout the whole first set and after the second set, I had a lot of confidence going into the third set and eventually helped us to victory."
Also contributing to the final team score was sophomore Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) and freshman Alon Faiman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) who won in straight sets at the No. 4 and No. 6 lines respectively.
The Cougars took the early 1-0 lead after a hard-fought doubles point as junior Stephen Hardy (Fairfax, Va.) and junior Billy Kenny (Pawley's Island, S.C.) defeated the UNCG duo of Jimmy Roueche and Cameron Smith, 8-4, at No. 3, followed by an 8-5 win by Parker and senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) over Ahmet Sarioglu and Orcun Seyrek at No. 1.
"The team really came together today which was huge for us," Bruner said. "UNCG is always a tough place to play, especially with us having a big target on our backs (as the current SoCon leader). The doubles point was huge and that's 100 percent where our momentum came from going into singles. We found a way to win four points and that was the difference in the match."
CofC will next play host to Furman on Friday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, UNC GREENSBORO 3
April 1, 2012
UNCG Tennis Courts
at Greensboro, N.C.
No. 1 - Orcun Seyrek (UNCG) def. Mickael Trintignac (CofC), 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 - Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) def. Tom Delme (CofC), 6-4, 6-3.
No. 3 - Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Chanon Varapongsittikul (UNCG), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 4 - Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Randy Phillips (UNCG), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 5 - Cameron Smith (UNCG) def. Stephen Hardy (CofC), 6-2, 6-4.
No. 6 - Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Jimmy Roueche (UNCG), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac-Kyle Parker (CofC) def. Ahmet Sarioglu-Orcun Seyrek (UNCG), 8-5.
No. 2 - Randy Phillips-Chanon Varapongsittikul (UNCG) def. Tom Delme-Alon Faiman (CofC), 8-6.
No. 3 - Stephen Hardy-Billy Kenny (CofC) def. Jimmy Roueche-Cameron Smith (UNCG), 8-4.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 6, 1, 4, 5, 2, 3*