Bucs Surge in Singles to Bounce Spartans 5-2

Bucs Surge in Singles to Bounce Spartans 5-2

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team fought their way to a doubles point Friday afternoon, but ETSU rallied for wins in five of the six singles matches to steal a 5-2 victory in the A-Sun opener for  both teams.

The Spartans (4-6, 0-1 A-Sun) fall short of back-to-back wins for the first time this season, while the Bucs (5-4, 1-0 A-Sun) end a two-match skid and get off on the right foot in A-Sun play.

Upstate opened the day with a pair of thrilling doubles matches to claim the first point of the match. Jamie Yates and Jacob Darling picked up a huge 9-7 victory at the No. 2 spot and Viktor Selander and Ramon Simonetti followed with an 8-6 victory to secure the doubles point and put the Spartans in front.

The doubles point would be one of the only bright spots in the match however, as ETSU came out on a mission in singles play, winning five of the six matches to pick up the 5-2 victory.

Selander grabbed the lone singles victory for Upstate, dropping the opening set 6-2, but rallying back to take the second set 7-5, before a thrilling 12-10 third set win.

Ramon Simonetti was the only other player to force a third set, falling 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot.

The Spartans return to action Saturday afternoon, traveling to UNC Asheville to take on the Bulldogs. First serve is slated for 1 p.m.

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ETSU 5, USC Upstate 2
Mar 01, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-4
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 6-0, 6-2
3. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. Jorge Varon (ETSU) 2-6, 7-5, 12-10
4. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) def. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
5. Roger Ordeig (ETSU) def. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) 6-2, 6-3
6. Ricardo Pagon (ETSU) def. Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 6-2, 6-2


Doubles competition
1. Jesus Bandres/Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Yvon Haessig/Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 8-6
2. Jamie Yates/Jacob Darling (UPSTM) def. Juan Ramirez/Jorge Varon (ETSU) 9-7
3. Viktor Selander/Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. Roger Ordeig/Ricardo Pagon (ETSU) 8-6


Match Notes
ETSU 5-4, 1-0 A-Sun
USC Upstate 4-6, 0-1 A-Sun

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