February 9, 2010

Spartans Set For Valentine's Day Trip To Georgia Southern

Feb. 9, 2010

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The rain and snow certainly didn't help a brutal early season schedule for the USC Upstate men's tennis team, as the South's wet weather this winter had forced the team to cancel its first three matches with unranked opponents. The result for the No. 72 Spartans is just an 0-3 record as it enters its first match this season against an unranked team in Georgia Southern, as the Spartans head to Statesboro, Ga., for a Valentine's Day matinee. The match is a makeup for one that was postponed on Jan. 31 and will be the Spartans' final tuneup before starting the conference season on Friday, Feb. 19 against Kennesaw State. Senior Jack Roux enters the match looking to reach a milestone, needing just one win to become the second player in school history to post 60 in his career, where he would join classmate Javier Tori. Head coach Alessandro De Marzo will also look to move within a match of his 90th career win, entering the match with an 88-30 record.

Last Meeting Recap
Feb. 2, 2008: Upstate 6, Georgia Southern 1

Three three-set singles wins for the USC Upstate men's tennis team helped it win its first dual match at the Division I level, as the Spartans downed Georgia Southern, 6-1, at Georgia Tech. The Spartans earned the doubles point, with junior Leandro Osorio and senior Sebastian Gonzales-Orbegoso posting an 8-1 win over Gregory Bekkers and Mark Paetz and sophomores Jack Roux and Javier Tori downed Phillip Prins and Matthew Sands fell, 8-5. With his doubles win, Gonzales-Orbegoso became just the sixth player in school history to reach 90 combined career wins. Roux won his match over Prins, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4 singles to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead before a loss at the No. 1 singles made it 2-1. However, the Spartans won the final four matches to close the match.

Spartan Notables
• Both seniors Javier Tori and Jack Roux are on two-match singles winning streaks, with each posting wins at No. 7 Georgia and No. 65 Clemson.

• Seniors Javier Tori and Jack Roux are in a battle for Upstate's career singles record. Tori currently holds the mark with 62 wins, but Roux is right behind with 59.

• Senior Javier Tori holds the schools career record for combined wins with 130, posting a 62-30 record in singles play and a 68-27 mark in doubles action.

• Senior Javier Tori currently is third in the school's history with doubles wins with 68, but senior Renzo Airaldi is right behind with 66 wins. The school record is Leandro Osorio's 72.

• Upstate started the preseason ranked 72nd, the first time in school history it has held a preseason D-I ranking.

• Senior Renzo Airaldi is two wins shy of becoming the seventh player in school history to reach 50 career singles wins.

• Senior Javier Tori is two wins shy of becoming the first player in the D-I era to reach 50 career singles wins ... He and senior Jack Roux each need three doubles wins to become the first players in the D-I era to reach 50 career doubles wins.

• Six teams that Upstate will face this spring are currently ranked in the ITA preseason rankings or were ranked when the Spartans played them, as faced Georgia Tech (43), Georgia (7), Clemson (65) and will face Elon (74), Yale (70) and ETSU (60).

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