January 26, 2010

The Wait Is Over: Spartans Set To Open Season Saturday At Davidson

Jan. 26, 2010

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After a false start after Monday's match against Presbyterian was postponed due to high winds in Spartanburg, the USC Upstate women's tennis team will start its 2010 campaign on Saturday afternoon when the Spartans travel to Davidson. The Spartans are looking for some revenge against the Wildcats, who beat Upstate, 7-0, in Upstate's first Division I match in 2008. On Sunday, the Spartans will face Georgia Southern. The two teams were rained out in 2009, but faced each other in 2008, with the Spartans posting a 5-2 win. However, this will be a completely new Spartans' team, with three freshmen likely to be seen in the lineup in Monica Pezzotti, Simona Cacciuttolo, Francisca Valderrama.

Last Match Recaps
Jan. 31, 2008: Davidson 7, Upstate 0

The USC Upstate women's tennis team saw its first NCAA Division I dual match spoiled, falling to Southern Conference foe Davidson, 7-0, in non-conference action at the Knobloch Indoor Tennis Center.

Feb. 24, 2008: Upstate 5, Georgia Southern 2
Junior Maria Herrera became the eighth player in school history to reach 80 career wins in singles and doubles play combined with her win at No. 6 singles, helping the USC Upstate women's tennis team to a 5-2 win over Georgia Southern at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex. The Spartan win snapped a three-match winning streak for the Eagles (3-3), who won all three matches against Atlantic Sun foes.

Quick Hits
• In two years of Division I play, the Spartans have an all-time record of 30-7 (.811).

• The team has a 3-1 record in the D-I era against Southern Conference teams, beating Wofford twice and Georgia Southern once. The team also fell to Davidson in 2008.

• With her last win at the Wofford Fall Challenge, Cinthya Lazaro became the 19th player in school history to reach 25 singles wins.

• Junior Emilia Milovanovic is three doubles wins away from becoming the sixth player in school history to reach 50 in a career.

• Junior Emilia Milovanovic enters the year looking to move up the career charts in singles, doubles and combined wins. Currently, she is 10th in singles wins with 38, just nine wins from the top 10. In doubles play, Milovanovic's 47 wins is tied for sixth and she is 10th with 83 combined wins.

• Sophomores Ana-Sofia Camberos and Cinthya Lazaro and junior Emilia Milovanovic were all members of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Camberos and Lazaro earned the honors in 2009 and Milovanovic earned it in 2008.

• Playing at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles slots, Cinthya Lazaro and sophomore Ana-Sofia Camberos combined to post a 21-4 record in 2009.

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