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.
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.