Spartans Dominate Gardner-Webb in 5-2 Victory

Spartans Dominate Gardner-Webb in 5-2 Victory

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team returned home for the first time in nearly two weeks Saturday afternoon and dominated Gardner-Webb, winning all three doubles matches and cruising to a 5-2 victory over the Runnin' Bulldogs in non-conference action.

Upstate gets back on track, improving to 3-2 on the year, while the Bulldogs stay winless on the young season at 0-2.

The Spartans got off to a hot start in doubles play, easily picking up the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. Matthias Kidler and Viktor Selander snagged an 8-3 win at the No. 2 spot, while Jamie Yates and Jacob Darling secured the doubles point with an 8-4 victory at No. 3. Yvon Haessig and Gonzalo Blanco made it a clean sweep in doubles play with an 8-4 victory at the top spot.

Upstate continued to roll in singles play, winning four of the six doubles matches, five of which came in straight sets. Kidler dropped just four games in a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles, while Ramon Simonetti was equally impressive with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the No. 6 spot.

Selander secured the victory with a straight victory at No. 3 singles, defeating Benjamin Kaszas 6-4, 6-4. Haessig was also victorious at the No. 2 spot, dropping the opening set 6-1, but rebounding for a 7-6 second-set victory before taking the third-set tiebreaker 10-6.

The Spartans return to action next weekend with a two-match road swing, traveling to Coastal Carolina Friday and UNC Wilmington Saturday afternoon. Upstate is next home Feb. 16, welcoming Georgia Southern to town.

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USC Upstate 5, Gardner-Webb 2
Feb 02, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Adam Knutsson (GWU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) def. Roman Piftor (GWU) 1-6, 7-6, 10-6
3. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. Benjamin Kaszas (GWU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ernest Alberch (GWU) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 6-0, 6-3
5. Brendan Dempsey (GWU) def. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-3
6. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. Matt Parker (GWU) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Yvon Haessig/Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) def. Matt Parker/Ernest Alberch (GWU) 8-4
2. Matthias Kidler/Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. Adam Knutsson/Nikita Zverkov (GWU) 8-3
3. Jamie Yates/Jacob Darling (UPSTM) def. Benjamin Kaszas/Joao Poli (GWU) 8-4
Match Notes
Gardner-Webb 0-2
USC Upstate 3-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,6,4,3,5,2)