Spartans Dominate Early, Edge Blue Hose 4-3
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team picked up its first victory of the season Saturday afternoon, traveling to nearby Presbyterian College and sneaking by the Blue Hose 4-3 at the Templeton Tennis Courts in non-conference action.
The Spartans (1-1) earn their first victory of the season and improve to 1-1 in road matches, while the Blue Hose (0-1) fall in their season-opener.
Upstate was unstoppable in doubles play, dropping just five total games and sweeping away Presbyterian to snag the doubles point and take an early 1-0 lead.
Julie Bell and Taylor Cohen led the way at the No. 1 spot, blanking the top Presbyterian players 8-0, while Talia Rojas and Constanze Kuerten cruised to an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Isabel von Stryk and Sarah Vande Berg were equally impressive at No. 3 doubles, dropping just three games and picking up the 8-3 victory.
After earning the doubles point, Upstate dominated at the top of the singles lineup to take a commanding lead, using straight set victories by Cohen and Kuerten to race out to a 3-0 advantage. Cohen topped Greer Ransom 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, while Kuerten defeated Caroline DeLoach 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot.
Bell provided the winning margin at No. 3 singles, picking up the opening set 6-4 over Lucia Leahy and using a 7-2 tiebreaker in the second set sneak by with a 7-6 victory and give the Spartans its first win of the season.
Upstate dropped singles matches at No. 3 and No. 4, and a win by default at No. 6 gave Presbyterian its only three points of the day.
The Spartans return to the USC Upstate Tennis Complex next weekend for their home opener, welcoming UNC Charlotte to town Friday, Feb. 1. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m.
USC Upstate 4, Presbyterian College 3
Jan 26, 2013 at Clinton, S.C. (Templeton Tennis Courts)
|1. Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) def. RANSOM, Greer (PCW) 6-3, 6-3|
|2. Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) def. deLOACH, Caroline (PCW) 6-3, 6-1|
|3. ALVES, Patricia (PCW) def. Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 6-4, 6-2|
|4. Julie Bell (UPSTW) def. LEAHY, Lucia (PCW) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)|
|5. ELLIOTT, Haley (PCW) def. Sarah Vande Berg (UPSTW) 6-1, 6-0|
|6. KRAUSE, Lindsay (PCW) def. No player (UPSTW), by default|
|1. Julie Bell/Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) def. RANSOM, Greer/KRAUSE, Lindsay (PCW) 8-0|
|2. Talia Rojas/Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) def. ELLIOTT, Haley/ALVES, Patricia (PCW) 8-3|
|3. Isabel von Stryk/Sarah Vande Berg (UPSTW) def. deLOACH, Caroline/STANFORD, Kayla (PCW) 8-2|
|USC Upstate 1-1|
|Presbyterian College 0-1|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,2,1,3,4)|