Men’s Tennis Set for Fall Finale

2011-12 Men's Tennis Team
2011-12 Men's Tennis Team

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team will wrap up the fall season this weekend at the ITA Regional Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C., at the University of North Carolina's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

This weekend's trip marks the third trip to the state of North Carolina for the Spartans.  The team had a perfect weekend at the Gardner-Webb Fall Invitational (Sept. 23-24) as they claimed all six titles at the two-day event.  At the Elon Fall Invitational (Oct. 7-9), brothers Ramiro and Gonzalo Blanco claimed singles titles to lead the Spartan effort.

Following completion of the ITA Regional Championships, the Spartans will return to the courts Thursday, January 26, 2012, when they open spring competition at Gardner-Webb.

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• Brothers Ramiro and Gonzalo Blanco claimed individual singles titles at last weekend's Elon Fall Invitational.  Ramiro Blanco defeated a pair of top-four seeds to claim the A-1 singles title (David Hopkins (4), Wake Forest; Torsten Wietsoka (1), Duke).

Matthias Kidler fell one set shy of the Qualifying Round at the ITA All-American Championships, while Ramiro Blanco and Edgar Rodriguez lost in the third-round.

• Ramiro Blanco/Matthias Kidler claimed the 'Draw A' doubles title at the GWU Fall Invitational while Gonzalo Blanco and Yvon Haessig were victorious in 'Draw B' doubles.  In singles action, Ramiro Blanco (Flight No. 1), Matthias Kidler (Flight No. 2), Yvon Haessig (Flight No. 3) and Gonzalo Blanco (Flight No. 4) all claimed singles titles in Boiling Springs, N.C.

• Five of six Spartans advanced to the quarterfinal round in men's singles at the Upstate Fall Classic while all three doubles teams reached the quarterfinal round.