Spartans Open Strong at Citadel Fall Invitational

Spartans Open Strong at Citadel Fall Invitational

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Opening its final tournament of the fall season, the USC Upstate men's tennis team was nearly perfect, winning 11 of its 13 matches on day one of the second annual Citadel Fall Invitational at the Earle Tennis Center.

Paired against players from Bethune Cookman and Georgia Southern, the Spartans posted a perfect 6-0 record in doubles action, while winning five of seven singles matches.

Matthias Kidler and Viktor Selander teamed up in doubles play to knock off Bethune Cookman's Seve Day and Juan Varon 8-6, before taking down Georgia Southern's Kyle Hoffman and Matthijs 8-5.

Yvon Haessig and Gonzalo Blanco surrendered just six total games in two doubles matches, defeating Bethune Cookman's Santiago Lobelo and Diego Garavito 8-3 and breezing past Georgia Southern's Patrick Doherty and Rafael Racy 8-3.

Jamie Yates and Jacob Darling were equally impressive as they kept Upstate perfect on the day in doubles play, taking down Bethune Cookman's Leonardo Lima and Gilbert Rotich 8-2 and capping the day with an 8-5 victory over Albert Codina Sala and Rayane Djouad of Georgia Southern.

The Spartans tallied wins in five singles matches, four of which came in straight sets. Selander used a third set tiebreaker to take down Bethune Cookman's Lobelo 6-1, 5-7, 10-1. Kidler, Blanco, Yates, and Ramon Simonetti all cruised to wins in straight sets.

The second and final day of the Citadel Fall Invitational will resume Saturday morning at the Earle Tennis Center.

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