Spartans Roll Past Mercer to Cap Regular Season

Spartans Roll Past Mercer to Cap Regular Season

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MACON, Ga. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team ended the regular season Saturday afternoon, picking up a 5-2 Atlantic Sun Conference victory over Mercer University at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center.

The Spartans (10-10, 4-4) are set to complete in their second straight Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Tennis Championship, entering the tournament as the No. 5 seed. Upstate will take on No. 4 seed FGCU in the opening round Friday at a time to be announced.

The 2013 A-Sun Championship will take place in Johnson City, Tenn., on the campus of ETSU. First round matches are set to begin Friday, followed by the semifinals Saturday and championship round Sunday at the ETSU Tennis Complex.

The Spartans quickly captured the opening point of the day when Ramon Simonetti and Matthias Kidler earned an 8-1 victory at the top spot, while Gonzalo Blanco and Yvon Haessig picked up an 8-3 win at the No. 2 spot to seal the doubles point.

Upstate then made quick work of Mercer in singles action, winning each of the top four matches to run away with a 5-2 victory.

Kidler, ranked No. 113 in the country, continued his impressive run, ending the regular season on an 11-match winning streak and capping a perfect 7-0 mark in A-Sun action. He was his usual dominate self at No. 1 singles, running away with a 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Simonetti and Haessig followed with straight-set victories at No. 2 and No. 3 singles respectively, while Viktor Selander added the final point of the day with a 5-7, 6-1, 10-6 comeback win at No. 4 singles.

Upstate's appearance in this weekend's A-Sun Championship is the second straight for the Spartans.

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USC Upstate 5, Mercer University 2
Apr 13, 2013 at Macon, Ga. (LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Peter Tauchner (MER_M) 6-2, 6-0
2. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) def. Arnav Mohanty (MER_M) 6-4, 6-0
3. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) def. Joao Pagan (MER_M) 6-4, 6-2
4. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) def. Vincent DeLise (MER_M) 5-7, 6-1, 10-6
5. Anderson Scarpa (MER_M) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
6. Arsav Mohanty (MER_M) def. Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 6-2, 5-7, 12-10
Doubles competition
1. Ramon Simonetti/Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Peter Tauchner/Joao Pagan (MER_M) 8-1
2. Gonzalo Blanco/Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) def. Arnav Mohanty/Arsav Mohanty (MER_M) 8-3
3. Austin Emmet/Anderson Scarpa (MER_M) def. Viktor Selander/Jacob Darling (UPSTM) 8-5
Match Notes
USC Upstate 10-10
Mercer University 5-14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)

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