CONWAY, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team found themselves locked in another close match Friday afternoon at Coastal Carolina, but the Chanticleers held off the Spartans in singles action and picked up the 4-3 victory at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center in non-conference action.
The Spartans (3-3) come up short in a bid for back-to-back wins, while the Coastal (2-2) gets back on track after dropping two straight matches last weekend.
The Spartans started off on the right foot in the all-important doubles matches when Matthias Kidler and Viktor Selander quickly locked up an 8-4 win at the No. 1 spot, but Coastal secured the final two doubles matches, giving the Chanticleers the first point of the afternoon.
The top of the lineup continued to pace the Spartans as they have all year when Kidler made quick work of Yusuke Kusuda at No. 1 singles, winning 6-3, 6-4. Yvon Haessig made it a clean sweep of the top two spots when he dismantled Ted Nilsson 6-2, 6-0, giving Upstate a 2-1 advantage with four matches still in progress.
Gonzalo Blanco was looking for his first singles victory of the year at No. 3 singles and looked to be headed in the right direction with an opening-set victory, but Leo Christofides came roaring back to win a three-set marathon 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 and knot the score at 2-2.
Upstate dropped matches at No. 4 and No. 5 singles to surrender the match, but Ramon Simonetti rallied from a set down to knock off Hunter Whalen 2-6, 7-6, 6-0 at No. 6 singles and create the 4-3 final score.
The Spartans will look to get back on track Saturday afternoon they travel to No. 39 UNC Wilmington for a matchup with the Seahawks. First serve is slated for noon at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
Coastal Carolina 4, USC Upstate 3
Feb 08, 2013 at Conway, S.C. (Billy Nichols Tennis Center)
|1. Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Yusuke Kusuda (COASTAL) 6-3, 6-4|
|2. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) def. Ted Nilsson (COASTAL) 6-2, 6-0|
|3. Leo Christofides (COASTAL) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3|
|4. Garik Yedigarian (COASTAL) def. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) 6-3, 6-3|
|5. Matias Di Pasquale (COASTAL) def. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) 7-6, 6-3|
|6. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. Hunter Whalen (COASTAL) 2-6, 7-6, 6-0|
|1. Matthias Kidler/Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. Yusuke Kusuda/Ted Nilsson (COASTAL) 8-4|
|2. Garik Yedigarian/Matias Di Pasquale (COASTAL) def. Gonzalo Blanco/Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 8-4|
|3. Leo Christofides/John Karle (COASTAL) def. Jacob Darling/Jamie Yates (UPSTM) 8-5|
|USC Upstate 3-3|
|Coastal Carolina 2-2|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,5,6)|