Spartans Sweep Doubleheader from Converse and Coastal

Spartans Sweep Doubleheader from Converse and Coastal

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team picked up both ends of a doubleheader Saturday at the Upstate Tennis Complex, blanking Converse College 7-0 and edging Coastal Carolina 4-3 in non-conference action.

The Spartans (6-3) win back-to-back matches for the third time this season and have now earned wins in four of their last five outings, while Converse (0-6) remains winless on the year and Coastal (2-3) falls to 0-2 on the road.

Upstate opened the day with a dominating 7-0 victory over Converse, using three 8-0 victories in doubles action and dropping just three total games in singles action for an easy shutout win.

The Spartans then came back in the afternoon and continued their doubles success, picking up wins at all three spots to grab the doubles point for the eighth straight match.

Isabel von Stryk and Talia Rojas combined for an 8-0 victory at the No. 2 spot and Constanze Kuerten and Allison Beeler sealed the doubles point with an 8-4 win at the No. 3 slot. Taylor Cohen and Julie Bell made it a clean sweep with an 8-6 victory at the top spot to set the table for singles action.

Kuerten and Beeler quickly gave Upstate a 3-0 lead in singles play when they cruised in straight sets, combining to drop just six total games. After giving up points at No. 4 and No. 2 singles, Bell came through at the No. 6 slot, rallying back from down a set to knock off Dominique DeWit 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 and capture the match for the Spartans. Upstate would drop the remaining match at No. 1 singles and pick up the 4-3 victory.

The Spartans return to action next weekend, opening the month of March on the road, traveling to Jacksonville State and UAB for back-to-back non-conference matchups.

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USC Upstate 7, Converse 0
Feb 24, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Isabel von Stryk (UPSTW) def. Olivia Self (CONVERSE) 6-0, 6-0
2. Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) def. Marisa Esformes (CONVERSE) 6-0, 6-0
3. Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) def. Kasey Anderson (CONVERSE) 6-0, 6-2
4. Talia Rojas (UPSTW) def. Samantha Sheffield (CONVERSE) 6-0, 6-0
5. Allison Beeler (UPSTW) def. Klaire Rouse (CONVERSE) 6-0, 6-0
6. Sarah Vande Berg (UPSTW) def. Shae Lyles (CONVERSE) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Julie Bell/Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) def. Olivia Self/Kasey Anderson (CONVERSE) 8-0
2. Isabel von Stryk/Talia Rojas (UPSTW) def. Marisa Esformes/Samantha Sheffield (CONVERSE) 8-0
3. Allison Beeler/Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) def. Klaire Rouse/Shae Lyles (CONVERSE) 8-0


USC Upstate 4, Coastal Carolina 3
Feb 24, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. BATES, Shelby (COASTAL) def. Isabel von Stryk (UPSTW) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
2. SCOTT, Libby (COASTAL) def. Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
3. Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) def. ROBINSON, Alicia (COASTAL) 6-0, 6-2
4. KOWAL, Kortney (COASTAL) def. Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 7-6, 6-2
5. Allison Beeler (UPSTW) def. DAVIES, Mikaela (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-0
6. Julie Bell (UPSTW) def. DE WIT, Dominique (COASTAL) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Taylor Cohen/Julie Bell (UPSTW) def. DAVIES, Mikaela/KOWAL, Kortney (COASTAL) 8-6
2. Isabel von Stryk/Talia Rojas (UPSTW) def. BATES, Shelby/ROBINSON, Alicia (COASTAL) 8-0
3. Constanze Kuerten/Allison Beeler (UPSTW) def. DE WIT, Dominique/SCOTT, Libby (COASTAL) 8-4