Men’s Tennis Survives Challenge from Presbyterian College

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CLINTON, S.C. – It took more than four hours, but in the end the USC Upstate men's tennis team claimed a 5-2 victory over Presbyterian College Tuesday at the Templeton Tennis Courts.

Upstate claimed the doubles point as Matthias Kidler and Tyler Grove claimed victory at doubles No. 1, while Gonzalo Blanco and Jacob Darling were victorious at doubles No. 3.

After four matches ended in straight sets, the Spartans held a narrow 3-2 advantage with just two singles matches still in action.  Gonzalo Blanco defeated Edward Snead, 6-2, 6-3, at singles No. 4 and Jacob Darling downed Ryan Walters, 6-4, 6-3, at singles No. 6.

After dropping the first set, Pierre Vernin rallied for a thrilling three-set victory over Zachary Sprouse.  Vernin claimed a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory over Sprouse at singles no. 5 to clinch the match for the Spartans.

Matthias Kidler set the final tally at 5-2 thanks to a three-set victory over Rafael Berghaus at singles No. 1 (6-4, 6-7, 6-3).

The Spartans will return to action February 24th when they host former A-Sun foe Campbell at 2 p.m.