Spartans Take Flight Saturday Against Ospreys

Spartans Take Flight Saturday Against Ospreys

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team returns to action from a 10-day hiatus Saturday morning, welcoming the University of North Florida to town for a 10 a.m. Atlantic Sun Conference matchup.

The Spartans (6-7, 0-1 A-Sun) will take on the Ospreys (8-6, 2-0 A-Sun) at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex to open a stretch of seven consecutive conference matches to close out the regular season.

Story Lines

  • The Spartans are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Upstate dropped the doubles point at Elon on March 9 but rallied back for a 4-3 victory before returning home March 13 and knocking off Texas-Pan American 7-0.
  • After earning a national ranking of No. 109 according to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) polls, Matthias Kidler cruised in singles action at the top spot against Texas-Pan American, picking up a 6-3, 6-2 victory to capture his fourth straight win and improve to 8-3 on the season.
  • Gonzalo Blanco and Yvon Haessig jumped into the national rankings as well last week, earning the No. 77 ranking in the country as they ride a three-match winning streak heading into Saturday's conference match. The duo is 6-4 on the season, including a 4-2 mark at No. 1 doubles and a 1-0 record against nationally ranked tandems.
  • North Florida enters Saturday as one of the hottest teams in the league, having won five straight matches, including a 5-2 upset of No. 54 Miami. The Ospreys came out on top in each of their first two A-Sun matches, blanking Kennesaw State and Mercer 7-0.

Last Time Out: 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.

Next Time Out: Following a Saturday matchup with UNF, Upstate will hit the road and travel to the Sunshine State for a March 28 showdown with FGCU, before taking on Stetson on March 30.

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