Spartans Stung by Yellow Jackets in Season Opener
ATLANTA, Ga. – The USC Upstate men's tennis squad, competing in its first match of the spring season, fell at Georgia Tech, 7-0, on Sunday morning at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked 23rd in the Campbell/ITA Pre-season poll, improves to 1-0, while the Spartans, preseason number 60, fall to 0-1.
The Spartans fell in each singles match in straight sets, with newcomer Matias Di Pasquale giving the Spartans the best effort on Sunday. Di Pasquale lost the first set by a score of 6-1 but put up a valiant effort in the second set before falling 6-4 to 48th ranked Juan Spir.
The Spartans faced a total of three top 100 players during its singles action and a top 10 doubles team in no. 8 Juan Spir/Kevin King.
Upstate will return to action on Friday, Jan. 28 when it travels to Knoxville, Tenn., for the ITA Kickoff.
1. #12 Guillermo Gomez (GT) def. Ramiro Blanco (UPSTM) 6-0, 6-2
2. #48 Juan Spir (GT) def. Matias Di Pasquale (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-4
3. Eliot Potvin (GT) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 6-2, 6-0
4. Magin Ortiga (GT) def. Marco Linconir (UPSTM) 6-4, 6-1
5. Kevin King (GT) def. Giancula Paino (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-0
6. #93 Dusan Miljevic (GT) def. Ignacio Velez (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-1
1. #8 Juan Spir/Kevin King (GT) def. Ramiro Blanco/Matias Di Pasquale (UPSTM) 8-2
2. Ryan Smith/Eliot Potvin (GT) def. Marco Linconir/Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 8-2
3. Guillermo Gomez/Dean O'Brien (GT) def. Giancula Paino/Andres Sanchez (UPSTM) 8-0
USC Upstate 0-1; National ranking #60
Georgia Tech 1-0; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,2,5,6,4)
Match played indoors