April 5, 2013

Upstate Nocks off Norse 5-2, Earn First A-Sun Victory

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team snapped a three match skid Friday afternoon, picking up a 5-2 victory over Northern Kentucky for Senior Day and Faculty Appreciation Day at the Upstate Tennis Complex in Atlantic Sun Conference action, marking the Spartans' first conference win this season.  

The Spartans (7-10, 1-4 A-Sun) opened the day recognizing Jacob Darling for Senior Day, before downing the Norse (3-14, 0-6 A-Sun) in doubles play. This marked the second time this season Upstate has swept doubles action.

Matthias Kidler and Ramon Simonetti dominated NKU's Guillaume Berman and Andre Correa 8-1 at the No. 1 spot, while the No. 2 doubles pair of Yvon Haessig and Gonzalo Blanco clinched the point for Upstate with an 8-3 victory over Pierce Kohls and Jody Maginley. Darling and Viktor Selander completed the Spartan sweep in doubles, beating Balint Zsidai and Cameron Johnson 8-4 on the third court.

Upstate jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Kidler claimed a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles against Berman. The Norse battled back in the No. 3 spot as Kohls took a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Haessig. The Spartans went ahead 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-2 match at No. 4 singles as Blanco defeated Christopher Angulo.

Jamie Yates decided the match for Upstate with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Maginley in the No. 5 slot. Simonetti earned a 6-1, 7-6 victory for the Spartans in the No. 2 position, beating Correa. Zsidai picked up the second point for the Norse, defeating Darling 6-1, 6-2 in No. 6 singles.

Upstate returns to action Saturday, hosting Lipscomb at 2 p.m. in A-Sun action. Follow the Spartans this season on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

USC Upstate 5, Northern Kentucky 2
Apr 05, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (Upstate Tennis Complex) 

Singles competition
1. #111 Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. BERMAN, Guillaume (NKU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. CORREA, Andre (NKU) 6-1, 7-6
3. KOHLS, Pierce (NKU) def. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 6-4, 6-1
4. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) def. ANGULO, Christopher (NKU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) def. MAGINLEY, Jody (NKU) 6-3, 6-1
6. ZSIDAI, Balint (NKU) def. Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-2
 
Doubles competition
1. Matthias Kidler/Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. BERMAN, Guillaume/CORREA, Andre (NKU) 8-1
2. Yvon Haessig/Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) def. KOHLS, Pierce/MAGINLEY, Jody (NKU) 8-3
3. Viktor Selander/Jacob Darling (UPSTM) def. ZSIDAI, Balint/JOHNSON, Cameron (NKU) 8-4
Match Notes
Northern Kentucky 3-14, 0-6 A-Sun
USC Upstate 7-10, 1-4 A-Sun
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,4,5,2,6)