April 6, 2013

Spartans Edge Lipscomb 4-3 for Second-Straight Win

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team made it two in a row Saturday, edging Lipscomb 4-3 in Atlantic Sun Conference play at the Upstate Tennis Complex. 

The Spartans (7-11, 2-4 A-Sun) opened the day, sweeping the Bisons (7-10, 3-4 A-Sun) in doubles play. This marked the third time this season Upstate has swept doubles action and twice in two days.  

At No. 1 doubles, Matthias Kidler and Ramon Simonetti slipped past LU's Stuart Tierney and Miguel Cortez 9-8, while the No. 2  pair of Yvon Haessig and Gonzalo Blanco edged Oliver Strecker and David Salazar 8-7. Darling and Viktor Selander completed the Spartans' sweep in doubles, beating Colby Shaw and John Tougher 9-7 at the No. 3 spot.  

Upstate jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Kidler  made quick work of Stercker at No.1 singles, sailing to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. At the No. 3 slot, Haessig gave the Spartans a 3-0 advantage, claiming a 6-1, 7-6 win over Daniel Hernandez. Selander clinched the match for Upstate at No. 5 singles, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Cortez.

The Bisons managed to take the final three matches, picking wins at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 singles. Simonetti dropped a 7-5, 7-5 decision to Salazar, while Blanco fell 7-6, 7-6 to Tierney and Yates lost 6-3, 1-6, 10-4 to Shaw.

Upstate returns to action April 12, traveling to Kennesaw State for a 2 p.m. match in A-Sun action. Follow the Spartans this season on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

USC Upstate 4, Lipscomb 3
Apr 06, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (Upstate Tennis Complex) 

Singles competition
1. #111 Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Oliver Strecker (LIPM) 6-0, 6-1
2. David Salazar (LIPM) def. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 7-5, 7-5
3. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) def. Daniel Hernandez (LIPM) 6-1, 7-6
4. Stuart Tierney (LIPM) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 7-6, 7-6
5. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. Miguel Cortez (LIPM) 6-1, 6-2
6. Colby Shaw (LIPM) def. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) 6-3, 1-6, 10-4
Doubles competition
1. Matthias Kidler/Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. Stuart Tierney/Miguel Cortez (LIPM) 9-8
2. Yvon Haessig/Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) def. Oliver Strecker/David Salazar (LIPM) 8-7
3. Viktor Selander/Jamie Yates (UPSTM) def. Colby Shaw/John Tougher (LIPM) 9-7
Match Notes
Lipscomb 7-10, 3-4 A-Sun
USC Upstate 8-10, 2-4 A-Sun
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,3,5,2,6,4)
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