Upstate Opens ASUN Men’s Tennis Championship Play Friday versus Florida Gulf Coast

Upstate Opens ASUN Men’s Tennis Championship Play Friday versus Florida Gulf Coast

Spartanburg, S.C. – The fifth-seeded USC Upstate men's tennis team begins its quest for an NCAA Tournament berth Friday evening at 5 p.m. when it faces No. 4 seed Florida Gulf Coast from the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. during first round action of the ASUN Men's Tennis Championships.

Upstate earned the tournament's fifth seed after finishing the regular season with a 6-15 overall record and 2-4 mark in the conference. In their regular season finale on April 15, the Spartans earned a 6-1 home victory over NJIT. Upstate captured the doubles point after winning two matches at No. 1 and No. 2. In singles play, the Spartans received wins from Felix Ewers, Lenhard Haupt, Ankush Arora, Ignacio Garrido and Francisco Neto.

Garrido leads Upstate this season in singles competition with a 12-8 record while Neto has contributed an 11-9 mark. Garrido and Bernardes have teamed up for 10 wins in doubles play highlighted by five at No. 1 and are also 4-0 at No. 2 doubles.

Florida Gulf Coast is the tournament's No. 4 seed after posting a 7-12 record during the regular season and was an even 3-3 in conference play. Javier Fernandez leads the Eagles in singles play with a 20-16 record including a 5-1 mark against ASUN opponents. Felipe Ramirez and Oliver Landert have combined for six wins in doubles competition. FGCU is under the direction of sixth-year head coach C.J. Weber.

The Spartans and Eagles are meeting for the second time this season after Florida Gulf Coast earned a 4-3 victory in Spartanburg on March 29. Upstate took an early lead after winning the doubles point before Florida Gulf Coast took four of the six singles matches for the one-point win. The Spartans captured singles matches from Garrido at No. 5 and Neto at No. 6.

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The winner will face top-seeded North Florida on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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