Spartans Host Tournament to Kickoff Fall Campaign

Spartans Host Tournament to Kickoff Fall Campaign

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team will play host to the annual USC Upstate Fall Classic this weekend, welcoming a trio of teams to town for three days of action to open the fall season.

The annual USC Upstate Fall Classic will feature the Spartans, Wofford, Presbyterian and The Citadel competing at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex. The three-day event begins on Friday, Sept. 14.

The Spartans are coming off a 12-10 season, including a 4-5 mark in Atlantic Sun action, and will look to pick right where they left off last season after winning three of their final five matches.

The USC Upstate Fall Classic is the first of seven fall tournaments the Spartans will take part in as they continue to prepare of the 2013 season next spring.

Next weekend, Upstate will split the squad and compete in the Gardner-Webb Invitational and Elon Invitational. The Gardner-Webb Invite is a two-day event slated to kickoff next Friday, while the Elon Invite is a three-day tournament starting on Friday and running through Sunday afternoon.

The squad will then travel to Tulsa, Okla., to take part in the All American Sept. 29-30, before returning to the southeast and competing at the University of Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn., Oct. 12-14.

The Spartans travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 18-21 to participate in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional, before putting a lid on the fall season at The Citadel Invitational in Charleston, S.C., Oct. 26-27.

Upstate returns four major contributors from a year ago as Gonzalo Blanco, Jacob Darling, Yvon Haessing and Matthias Kidler will all hit the court for their junior seasons. Blanco went to work in singles action a year ago and posted a team-best 14-7 record, while Kidler led the squad last spring in doubles play with a 16-4 mark, including an eight-match winning streak during the season.

A trio of newcomers will look to make an immediate impact, including junior Viktor Selander who comes to Upstate from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Ramon Simonetti and Jamie Yates round out the roster and will make their collegiate debuts this weekend at the fall classic.

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