ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s tennis team opened up the 2014 spring season with a hard-fought 6-1 victory over Mars Hill Sunday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.


Asheville (1-0) swept the doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead and then won five singles matches to give first-year head coach Tom Hand a win in his first match.


The Bulldogs won four singles matches in straight sets as Alex Croker, Brett Landau, Josh Swindler and Will Goldberg all won in straight sets.  John Schubel won at #4 singles in three sets as he slipped past Alberto Ortiz 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.


Asheville is back in action Monday morning when the Bulldogs host East Carolina at the ARC Downtown starting at 11 a.m.


UNC Asheville 8, Mars Hill 1 


 Singles competition


1. Euquerio Guerrero (MHUM) def. Thomas Panoulos (ASHM) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(6)

2. Alex Croker (ASHM) def. Joel Sturgis (MHUM) 6-0, 6-2

3. Brett Landau (ASHM) def. Sam Lee (MHUM) 6-2, 6-1

4. John Schubel (ASHM) def. Alberto Ortiz (MHUM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

5. Josh Swindler (ASHM) def.  Blake Covington (MHUM) 6-3, 6-0

6. Will Goldberg (ASHM) def. Marcus Gattner (MHUM) 6-2, 6-2


 Doubles competition


1. Alex Croker/Brett Landau (ASHM) def. Euquerio Guerrero/Sam Lee (MHUM) 8-7

2. Daniel Kripak/John Schubel (ASHM) def. Joel Sturgis/Alberto Ortiz (MHUM) 8-2

3. Thomas Panoulos/Josh Swindler (ASHM) def. Blake Covington/Marcus Gattner (MHUM) 8-1