Spartans Power Past UTPA in Impressive Fashion

Spartans Power Past UTPA in Impressive Fashion

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team did not a drop a single set Wednesday afternoon as it blanked the University of Texas-Pan American 7-0 at the Upstate Tennis Complex in the final non-conference match of the regular season.

The Spartans (6-7) win back-to-back matches for the first time this season, while the Broncos (4-8) drop their third match in as many days during their southeast road swing.

Upstate opened the match with Matthias Kidler and Ramon Simonetti carving up Chetan Panditi and Ricardo Hopker 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, while Gonzalo Blanco and Yvon Haessig put their new No. 77 ranking on the line at the top spot and clinched the opening point of the day with an 8-4 victory.

Viktor Selander and Jacob Darling were working on a perfect doubles sweep at the No. 3 spot, leading 6-5 when the Spartans captured the doubles point and the match was called.

Upstate continued to roll in singles play as Jamie Yates saw his first action of the day at the No. 6 spot and never blinked, blanking Victor Alves 6-0, 6-0 to extend the lead to 2-0.

Haessig used a 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 2 slot to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead, and Blanco providing the clinching point at No. 5 singles when he cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win.

With the match already in hand, Kidler's new No. 109 ranking was no match for Thomas Panoulas who fell 6-3, 6-2 at the top spot to make it 5-0, while Simonetti and Selander both picked up straight-set victories to complete the sweep of the UTPA.

The Spartans will enjoy a 10-day break before returning to action March 23, playing host North Florida in Atlantic Sun Conference action. First serve against the Ospreys is slated for 10 a.m. at the Upstate Tennis Complex.

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USC Upstate 7, Texas-Pan American 0
Mar 13, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #109 Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Thomas Panoulas (UTPA) 6-3, 6-2
2. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) def. Ricardo Hopker (UTPA) 6-2, 6-4
3. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. Chetan Panditi (UTPA) 6-3, 7-5
4. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. Sebastien Job (UTPA) 7-5, 7-5
5. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) def. Joseph Bishop (UTPA) 6-1, 6-3
6. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) def. Victor Alves (UTPA) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. #77 Gonzalo Blanco/Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) def. Sebastien Job/Alejandro Sanoja (UTPA) 8-4
2. Matthias Kidler/Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. Chetan Panditi/Ricardo Hopker (UTPA) 8-3
3. Viktor Selander/Jacob Darling (UPSTM) vs. Victor Alves/Thomas Panoulas (UTPA) 6-5, unfinished
Match Notes
Texas-Pan American 4-8
USC Upstate 6-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,2,5,1,4,3)