Pair of Spartans Compete at Prestigious ITA All-American

Pair of Spartans Compete at Prestigious ITA All-American

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TULSA, Okla. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team sent a pair of individuals to the 2012 ITA Men's All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying round last weekend that was competed at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.

Gonzalo Blanco and Matthias Kidler took part in the event that brings the nation's top players to one location to award the first men's national title of the fall season.

Matthias Kidler found himself locked in a three-set marathon with North Florida's Norbert Nemcsek in the opening round, but eventually fell 6-2, 6-7, 7-5.

Gonzalo Blanco received an opening round bye, and battled Tennessee Tech's Alejandro Augusto Saturday afternoon in the second round. Augusto survived the first set 7-5 and grabbed the second set 6-2 to advance to advance in the main draw.

In back draw action Kidler dropped an opening set to Florida State's Joao Gauer, but rallied and defeated the FSU Seminole 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Blanco had the same success in the back draw as he rebounded to knock off SMU's Ross Peets in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

After competing in one of the most prestigious collegiate men's tennis events in the country, Kidler and Blanco will lead the Spartans back into fall action Oct. 12-14 when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take part in the University of Tennessee Invitational.

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