Upstate Topples UNC Asheville in Home Opener
Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak with a 4-3 victory over UNC Asheville Tuesday afternoon from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
Upstate won the doubles point to grab an early 1-0 advantage. UNC Asheville won the first match, but Upstate answered by taking the final two matches to go out ahead early. Jamie Yates and Rajanvir Dharni kept the Spartans alive by defeating Thomas Orestis-Panoulas and Josh Swindler 8-6 from the number three position. In the clincher, Matthias Kidler and Gonzalo Blanco turned in an 8-2 victory over Daniel Kripak and John Schubel to secure the point.
Kripak pulled UNC Asheville even with Upstate when he defeated Ramon Simonetti 6-3, 6-1 from the number one singles position. Blanco put Upstate right back out in front by earning the second point of the match for the Spartans with a 6-1, 6-4 singles win over Alex Crocker at No. 3.
Yates put Upstate ahead 3-1 following his 6-4, 7-5 win over Brett Landau at No. 4, and Dharni clinched the victory for the Spartans at No. 5 after turning in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Schubel.
USC Upstate returns to the court Friday at 5:30 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU.