ROCK HILL, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team found themselves locked in yet another close battle Friday afternoon at Winthrop University, falling 4-3 to Eagles at the Memorial Courts in non-conference action.
The Spartans (3-5) have now lost three straight, two of which came by a 4-3 margin. The Eagles improve to 3-4 on the year with the victory.
Upstate opened the day struggling in doubles play, dropping all three matches to surrender the opening point of the afternoon to Winthrop.
Needing to capture four singles matches to earn a comeback victory, the Spartans started the uphill climb at the top spot when Matthias Kidler picked up an easy 6-0, 6-1 win.
The Spartans added points at No. 4 and No. 6 singles but dropped the match 4-3. Viktor Selander provided the spark at No. 4 singles, defeating Juan Boada 6-1, 6-3, while Jamie Yates was victories at No. 6 with a three-set win, rallying for the 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.
The Spartans return to action Saturday afternoon, welcoming Georgia Southern to town for a non-conference matchup at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
Winthrop Men's Tennis 4, USC Upstate 3
Feb 16, 2013 at Rock Hill, S.C. (Winthrop Memorial Courts)
|1. Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. NAGOVNAK, Peter (WIN) 6-0, 6-1|
|2. COMERFORD, Dylan (WIN) def. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 6-4, 6-2|
|3. HIROKAWA, Yuta (WIN) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 6-3, 6-3|
|4. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. BOADA, Juan (WIN) 6-1, 6-3|
|5. ARAMBURU, Ivar (WIN) def. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 7-6, 1-6, 6-3|
|6. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) def. DECANDIA, Corey (WIN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4|
|1. DECANDIA, Corey/COMERFORD, Dylan (WIN) def. Matthias Kidler/Viktor Selander (UPSTM) 7-6|
|2. HIROKAWA, Yuta/NAGOVNAK, Peter (WIN) def. Yvon Haessig/Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 8-5|
|3. BOADA, Juan/PATRICK, Steven (WIN) def. Jamie Yates/Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 8-2|
|USC Upstate 3-5|
|Winthrop Men's Tennis 3-4|