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Paladins Advance To Semifinals Of SoCon Tournament With 4-1 Win Over UNC Greensboro

Paladins Advance To Semifinals Of SoCon Tournament With 4-1 Win Over UNC Greensboro

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Fifth-seeded Furman downed No. 4 UNCG 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Men's Tennis Tournament Friday at the College of Charleston Tennis Center in Mt. Pleasant.  With the win, the Paladins advance to Saturday's semifinals, where they will take on the College of Charleston at 8:30 a.m.

The Paladins won two of three doubles contests to earn the opening point.  UNCG's top tandem of Orcun Seyrek and Ahmet Sarioglu beat sophomores Alex Christ and Joel Cook 8-4, but Furman rebounded to come away with victories in the lower matches.  Juniors Tyler Droll and Andrew Mellow downed Randy Phillips and Chanon Varapongsittikul 8-4 in the second-seeded match, while freshmen Jacob Behal and Luke Synn topped Cameron Smith and Jimmy Roueche, 8-4, at number three.

Furman (9-14-1) took a 2-0 lead after Droll cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Roueche in the number six singles match.  The Spartans (9-13) got on the board when Phillips beat Behal in the fourth-seeded match, 6-2, 6-2. 

Christ put the Paladins on top, 3-1, with a straight-sets win over Sarioglu (6-2, 6-2) at No. 2.  Then, in a matchup between two all-conference performers at No. 1 singles, Furman's Mellow topped Seyrek 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the match for the Paladins.

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Furman 4, UNCG 1
Apr 20, 2012 at Charleston, S.C. (CofC Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. Orcun Seyrek (UNCG) 7-5, 6-3

2. Alex Christ (FUR) def. Ahmet Sarioglu (UNCG) 6-4, 6-2

3. C. Varapongsittikul (UNCG) vs. Joel Cook (FUR) 7-5, 2-5, unfinished

4. Randy Phillips (UNCG) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-2, 6-2

5. Cameron Smith (UNCG) vs. Robbie Aru (FUR) 2-6, 2-4, unfinished

6. Tyler Droll (FUR) def. Jimmy Roueche (UNCG) 6-2, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Ahmet Sarioglu/Orcun Seyrek (UNCG) def. Alex Christ/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-4

2. Tyler Droll/Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. Randy Phillips/C. Varapongsittikul (UNCG) 8-4

3. Jacob Behal/Luke Synn (FUR) def. Jimmy Roueche/Cameron Smith (UNCG) 8-4


Match Notes

Furman 9-14-1

UNCG 9-13

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,4,2,1)