Spartans Claim Three Titles During The USC Upstate Fall Tennis Tournament

Spartans Claim Three Titles During The USC Upstate Fall Tennis Tournament

Sept. 17, 2007

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Juniors Anna Novo (Caracas, Venezuela/El Angel) and Sandy Franz (Duesseldorf, Germany/Berufskolleg Hilden) both reached their respective finals in both singles and doubles `A' flights. Howver, only Novo's flights finished play on Saturday at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex, as she claimed both women's `A' draw titles in the four-team field.

Franz, who won doubles with sophomore partner Renzo Airaldi (Lima, Peru/Domingo Faustino Sarmiento), 9-8, over teammates senior Sebastian Gonzales-Orbegoso (Lima, Peru/Cambridge College) and sophomore Javier Tori (Lima, Peru/Markham College), will play his singles' finals match against Wofford's George Kernodle early next week, as both players had to fight through a full docket of doubles' play and singles matches.

Airaldi could also win two titles, as the sophomore advanced to the title match in the men's singles `B' draw, as Campbell's Marc Sifre retired in their semifinal match. Airaldi will play Wofford's Alan Donald in the finals early next week.

Novo advanced to the singles finals after teammate senior Diana Martinez (Medellin, Colombia/Nuestra Senora del Rosario) withdrew, where she met another teammate, senior Susana Hernandez (Cali, Colombia/Colegio Americano), winning 6-3, 6-2. Hernandez advanced to the finals with a 6-4, 6-3 decision against Campbell's Bianca Saenz.

In doubles, Novo teamed with freshman Emilia Milovanovic (Paris, France/CNED), beating Campbell's Liza Bensimon and Cristina Garcia, 8-4, before a default put them in the finals against Wofford's Mary Ellen Henry and Cayley Wetzig, where they won, 8-2.

The Spartans' other women's doubles' team, Martinez and junior Maria Herrera (Buenos Aires, Argentina) advanced to the semifinals before falling to Henry and Wetzig, 8-6.

Gonzales-Orbegoso and Tori rode into the finals of the men's doubles draw by defeating Wofford's Christopher Williams and Alan Donald, 8-4 and Wofford's Scott Collins and Michael Schechter, 8-4.

The men's tennis team will continue their fall tournaments, heading to Athens, Ga., for the Southern Intercollegiate on Friday while the women's team heads to N.C. State for the N.C. State Tournament starting Friday.