GREENSBORO, N.C. – Several past, present and future UNCG tennis players and coaches participated in the Crown N.C. State Closed Championships at Greensboro’s Spencer Love Tennis Center last week.
Current players representing UNCG were Cameron Smith and Jimmy Roueche, while men’s tennis head coach Thomas Mozur and women’s tennis assistant Erica Zabkar also played. Incoming freshman Will Albright and former players Paul Goode, Andrew Clark, Andrey Bubnov and Tony Mule also represented the Spartan men’s program.
In the men’s open singles draw, Mule, a two-time All-Southern Conference selection for the Spartans, made it the farthest, falling to eventual champion Andrew Carter in the semifinals, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
Goode advanced to the quarterfinals, while Roueche and Bubnov, another two-time All-SoCon pick for UNCG, made it to the round of 16. Smith and Albright fell in the round of 32.
In the consolation bracket, Smith and Albright both fell in the semifinals.
Goode and Mule reached the finals of the Men’s Open Doubles draw, with Goode and partner William Noblitt downing Mule and Carter, 7-5, 6-2.
The duo of Albright and Roueche made it to the quarterfinals, while Clark and Roueche and Mozur and Bubnov, Mozur’s former player and assistant coach, reached the round of 16.
In mixed doubles, Albright and Clare Cox fell in the quarterfinals. Graham Pearson and Zabkar, an All-SoCon player for UNCG as well as current assistant coach, picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Adriana Hernandez and Nathan Marrow before falling in the semifinals.
Crown N.C. State Closed Championships (Spencer Love Tennis Center)
Men’s Open Singles
Round of 32
Jimmy Roueche (current UNCG player) def. William Bryan, 6-4, 6-4
Paul Goode (former UNCG player) def. Thomas Rees, 7-6 (7), 6-4
Juan Manrique def. Will Albright (incoming UNCG freshman), 6-3, 7-6
Andrew Carter def. Cameron Smith (current UNCG player), 6-0, 6-2
Andrey Bubnov (former UNCG player and coach) def. Tyler Schofer, 6-3, 6-2
Tony Mule (former UNCG player) def. Richard Parker, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
Round of 16
Shaun Sumner def. Roueche, 6-3, 6-1
Goode def. Robert Hogewood, 6-0, 6-1
Fernando Guillen def. Bubnov, 6-3, 6-4
Mule def. Eric Greene, 6-1, 7-5
Carter def. Goode, 6-4, 6-4
Mule def. Guillen, 7-6 (5), 6-3
Carter def. Mule, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
Men’s Open Singles Consolation
Round of 16
Smith def. Schofer, 6-4, 6-3
Albright def. Nathan Morrow, 6-0, 6-3
Smith def. Benjamin Stern, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
Albright def. Garrison Kinney, 6-2, 6-3
Rees def. Smith, 6-3, 6-4
Ryan Matthews def. Albright, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Men’s Open Doubles
Round of 32
Goode/William Noblitt earn bye
Albright/Roueche earn bye
Andrew Clark/Roueche def. Peter Conaty/Will Goldberg, WD (inj.)
Bubnov/Thomas Mozur (UNCG head coach) earn bye
Smith/Graham Pearson def. Michael Goldstein/Jared Goldstein, WD (emerg.)
Carter/Mule earn bye
Round of 16
Goode/Noblitt def. Greene/Landon Rogers, 6-1, 6-1
Albright/Roueche def. Jonathan Roy/Robbie Todd, 7-6, 6-2
Clayton Langheim/David Budler def. Clark/Roueche, 6-3, 6-4
Bubnov/Mozur def. Schofer/Stefan Sumner, 6-2, 6-3
Carter/Mule def. Smith/Pearson, 6-1, 6-1
Goode/Noblitt def. Albright/Roueche, 6-4, 6-3
Guillen/Korey Lovett def. Bubnov/Mozur, 6-4, 7-6
Carter/Mule def. Matthews/Rees, 6-2, 6-2
Goode/Noblitt def. Langheim/Budler, 6-1, 6-1
Carter/Mule, def. Guillen/Lovett, 6-1, 6-4
Goode/Noblitt def. Carter/Mule, 7-5, 6-2
Mixed Open Doubles
Brian Ford/Brooke McAmis def. Albright/Clare Cox, 6-1, 6-1
Pearson/Erica Zabkar (former UNCG player and current assistant coach) def. Adriana Hernandez/Nathan D. Marrow, 6-1, 6-1
Manrique/Natsuko Takayanagi def. Pearson/Zabkar, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7)