SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After just one match last week, the USC Upstate men's tennis team will face a pair of teams from the Big South Conference this weekend.
The Spartans will open the weekend with Campbell (Fri., 2 p.m.) before hosting Winthrop (Sun., 2 p.m.).
• Ramiro Blanco claimed a pair of singles victories in Birmingham, Ala. At singles No. 1, Blanco defeated David Zimmerman (UAB), 3-6, 7-6 (1), 10-4 and Carson Kadi (Samford), 7-5, 6-2.
• 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.
• 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.