Spartans, Blue Hose Set for Tuesday Afternoon Battle

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Following a 6-1 win over Anderson University last Wednesday, the USC Upstate men's tennis team hits the road to face Presbyterian College Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Spartans, who are 1-0 against teams from the Big South Conference, will also face Campbell and Winthrop this season.  Upstate's only road win of 2012 came in the opener at Gardner-Webb (Feb. 26, W, 5-2).

Spartan Volleys…

Ramiro Blanco claimed a pair of singles victories in Birmingham, Ala.  At singles No. 1, Blanco defeated David Zimmerman (UAB), 3-6, 7-6 (1), 10-4 and Carson Kadi (Samford), 7-5, 6-2.

Matthias Kidler, Yvon Haessig and Tyler Grove dropped three-set matches at Samford (2/5/12).

• Ramiro Blanco was named the A-Sun Men's Tennis Player of the Week (2/1/12) after helping Upstate claim a 5-2 victory at Gardner-Webb in the Spartans' season opener (1/26/12).  He picked up his 54th career singles victory with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over GWU's Adam Knutsson-Sundblad at singles No. 2.

• The trio of Matthias Kidler, Pierre Vernin and Tyler Grove picked up their first singles victory in the Spartans win at GWU. 

• The Spartans kept their perfect streak alive with the win at GWU.  Upstate is now 10-0 (D-I era) in matches played on Thursdays.