Spartans Blanked by No. 39 UNC Wilmington

Spartans Blanked by No. 39 UNC Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team faced off against one of the best teams in the country Saturday afternoon, falling 7-0 at No. 39 UNC Wilmington at the UNCW Courts in non-conference action.

The Spartans (3-4) drop back-to-back matches for the first time this season, while the Seahawks (4-1) bounce back from a loss to nationally ranked Florida and improve to 3-0 at home.

Upstate opened the day falling at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, as the 53rd-ranked Wilmington tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams knocked off Matthias Kidler and Yvon Haessig 8-3 at the top spot, and Jacob Darling and Gonzalo Blanco fell at No. 2 by the same score.

Jamie Yates and Ramon Simonetti were putting up a fight at No. 3 doubles, trailing Kaue Pereira and Michael Reilly 6-5 when the Seahawks captures the doubles point and the match was halted.

The Spartans dropped all six singles matches, but put up a fight in the process. Kidler picked up his opening set 6-2 at the No. 1 spot, but the Aita showed his No. 37 ranking in the country and rallied back for a three-set victory.

Haessig and Yates both pushed second sets down to the wire before falling 7-5 and dropping the points, while Darling and Simonetti each fell by the same 6-2, 6-2 score.

The Spartans will look to get back on track next Friday, traveling to nearby Winthrop for a 2 p.m. first serve with the Eagles.

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#39 UNCW 7, USC Upstate 0
Feb 09, 2013 at Wilmington, N.C. (UNCW Courts)

Singles competition
1. #37 Rafael Aita (UNCW) def. Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. Chris Cooprider (UNCW) def. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 6-1, 7-5
3. #121 Sam Williams (UNCW) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 3-0, retired
4. Kaue Pereira (UNCW) def. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 6-2, 6-2
5. Zach Hublitz (UNCW) def. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) 6-0, 7-5
6. Pedro Mol (UNCW) def. Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. #53 Rafael Aita/Sam Williams (UNCW) def. Matthias Kidler/Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 8-3
2. Chris Cooprider/C. Van der Burgh (UNCW) def. Jacob Darling/Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 8-3
3. Kaue Pereira/Michael Reilly (UNCW) vs. Jamie Yates/Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 6-5, unfinished
Match Notes
USC Upstate 3-4
UNCW 4-1; National ranking #39
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,4,6,2,1,5)
T-3:15 A-100