Men’s Tennis Looks to Remain Perfect with Two-Match Road Swing

Match Notes

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team is set for a two-match swing through Birmingham, Ala., as the Spartans will face UAB and Samford this weekend.

The Spartans will open the weekend with a Noon (CT) match at Conference USA member UAB.  Saturday's match will be the first-ever for the Spartans against a team from C-USA; Upstate will also face Tulane during the 2012 spring season.

Upstate will wrap up the weekend at Southern Conference institution Samford Sunday morning at 10 a.m. (CT).  In the Division I era, the Spartans are 10-3 (.769) against teams from the SoCon.

Spartan Volleys…

• Senior Ramiro Blanco was named the A-Sun Men's Tennis Player of the Week (2/1/12) after helping Upstate claim a 5-2 victory at Gardner-Webb in the Spartans' season opener (1/26/12).  He picked up his 54th career singles victory with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over GWU's Adam Knutsson-Sundblad at singles No. 2.

• The trio of Matthias Kidler, Pierre Vernin and Tyler Grove picked up their first singles victory in the Spartans win at GWU. 

• Upstate swept the doubles matches as Matthias Kidler/Ramiro Blanco (doubles No. 1), Yvon Haessig/Pierre Vernin (doubles No. 2) and Gonzalo Blanco/Jacob Darling (doubles No. 3) were all victorious.

• The Spartans kept their perfect streak alive with the win at GWU.  Upstate is now 10-0 (D-I era) in matches played on Thursdays.