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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team took to the court on day two of the USC Upstate Fall Classic, dropping four of five matches and ending its play at the weekend tournament.
Playing host to the annual fall classic, the Spartans ended play at 6-11 overall in their first tournament of the season and will look to continue to prepare for the spring with six more events scheduled this fall.
The Spartans struggled in the morning flight, dropping three of four singles matches with eighth-seeded Jamie Yates serving as the only bright spot with an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory over Wofford's Walker Heffron to cruise into the quarterfinals. Looking to earn a spot in the semifinals in the afternoon, Yates needed to hold serve late in the first set against top-seeded David Orces from the Citadel, but a break gave Orces a 6-4 opening set victory and a 6-1 victory in the second set eliminated Upstate's final player in the tournament.
In other second round action, Ramon Simonetti was coming off an opening round three-set thriller, but fell to sixth-seeded Jackson Keith in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Yvon Haessig dropped his opening set of the second round to William O'Connell, but battled back to force a third set before falling 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Jacob Darling received an opening round bye, but the extra rest served as a disadvantage as the junior fell 6-1, 6-1 to Rafael Bergaus.
The championship doubles match on Sunday at noon will pit the unattached duos of William O'Connell/Andrew Brigham and Grayson Mills/Rafael Berghaus, while the back draw final will feature the Citadel's David Orces and Peter Bleach against Wofford's Drew Superstein and Tom Wood.
Semifinal singles action will get started on Sunday morning at 9 a.m., with the final taking place at 1 p.m.
Upstate returns to action next weekend, splitting its squad and taking part in the Gardner-Webb Invitational and Elon Invitational. Both tournaments are set to start on Friday afternoon.