At singles number one, Rodriguez battled to claim the win after falling in the first set, 0-6. He rallied to down South Carolina's Ivan Machado by winning the final two sets by scores of 6-4, 6-4.
Ramiro Blanco downed Alexander Kostanov in straight sets at singles number two. Blanco posted a 6-4 victory in set number one and won set two, 6-2.
Gonzalo Blanco battled at singles number three but ultimately fell to Chip Cox, 4-6, 2-6.
Upstate will return to the courts on Wednesday when they begin a three-match homestand as they host cross-town rival Wofford at 3:00 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
USC Upstate vs South Carolina
Feb 20, 2011 at Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina 5, USC Upstate 2
1. Edgar Rodriguez (UPSTM) def. Ivan Machado (SC) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Ramiro Blanco (UPSTM) def. Alexander Kostanov (SC) 6-4, 6-2
3. Chip Cox (SC) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 6-4, 6-2
4. Johannes Pulsfort (SC) def. Marco Linconir (UPSTM) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jake Bowling (SC) def. Gianluca Paino (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-0
6. Harry Menzies (SC) def. Ignacio Velez (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-2
1. Ivan Machado/Chip Cox (SC) def. Edgar Rodriguez/Ramiro Blanco (UPSTM) 8-3
2. Johannes Pulsfort/Chris Sheehan (SC) def. Gonzalo Blanco/Marco Linconir (UPSTM) 8-3
3. Alexander Kostanov/Jake Bowling (SC) def. Gianluca Paino/Ignacio Velez (UPSTM) 8-1
USC Upstate 2-8
South Carolina 3-5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,2,1,5,6)