September 14, 2012

Spartans Open Strong at USC Upstate Fall Classic

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Contact: David Beall,
 dbeall@uscupstate.edu

Updated Singles Draw (PDF) | Updated Doubles Draw (PDF)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team opened its fall season on Friday afternoon in dominate fashion, winning all three singles matches and two of four doubles matches on day one of the USC Upstate Fall Classic.

The Spartans were shaky early in doubles action as Jamie Yates/Jacob Darling dropped four straight games to open the day, but the duo rallied late and picked up a 9-8 victory over Wofford's Drew Superstein and Tom Wood. In the second round, Yate and Darling went up against the unattached duo of William O'Connell and Andrew Brigham and fell 8-2.

Yvon Haessig and Ramon Simonetti teamed up to knock off Wofford's Harrison Smith and David Sklar 8-4 to open the day, but dropped an 8-4 decision to the unattached pair of Grayson Mills Rafael Berghaus in the second round of doubles action.

The Spartans posted a perfect 3-0 mark in singles play, as Yates and Haessig cruised to straight set victories, surrendering just one game apiece. Yates took down Citadel's Justin Wycoff 6-0, 6-1, while Haessig throttled Wofford's Thomas Fanjoy 6-1, 6-0.

Simonetti was locked in a battle with Wofford's Harrison Smith, falling 2-6 in the opening set, but the freshman rallied back for a 6-4 win in the second set before a 6-3 third set victory handed Simonetti the come from behind win.

The USC Upstate Fall Classic will resume Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with round two of the singles draw. The doubles draw will continue at 1 p.m., followed by the third round of singles action Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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Singles Action

Jamie Yates (Upstate) def. Justin Wycoff (Citadel) (6-0, 6-1)

Ramon Simonetti (Upstate) def. Harrison Smith (Wofford) (2-6, 6-4, 6-3)

Yvon Haessig (Upstate) def. Thomas Fanjoy (Wofford) (6-1, 6-0)

Doubles Action (Rd. 1)

Jamie Yates/Jacob Darling (Upstate) def. Drew Superstein/Tom Wood (Wofford) (9-8)

Yvon Haessig/Ramon Simonetti (Upstate) def. Harrison Smith/David Sklar (Wofford) (8-4)

Doubles Action (Rd. 2)

William O'Connell/Andrew Brigham (Unattached) def. Jamie Yates/Jacob Darling (Upstate) (8-2)

Grayson Mills/Rafael Berghaus (Unattached) def. Yvon Haessig/Ramon Simonetti (Upstate) (8-4)