SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After a nearly two-week break, the USC Upstate men's tennis team returns to action this weekend, welcoming ETSU to town Friday and traveling to UNC Asheville Saturday in a last minute change to the weekend slate.
The Spartans were originally scheduled to play UNC Asheville Friday and ETSU Saturday, but due to a last minute change Upstate will open A-Sun play Friday at 2 p.m. against the Buccaneers and return to non-conference action Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Bulldogs.
- At 4-5 on the season, Upstate has yet to win back-to-back matches, but will look to do so Friday when the Spartans open A-Sun play. Upstate finished fifth in the league a season ago and pulled off an opening-round upset in the 2012 A-Sun Tournament.
- Matthias Kidler has been the most consistent player for the Spartans all season, posting a 6-3 mark in singles action, all coming at the No. 1 spot. He has also tallied four wins in doubles action, two of which came at the top slot.
- ETSU enters the weekend at 4-4 on the year, having dropped back-to-back matches to Nebraska and No. 8 Georgia. Jesus Bandres recently earned A-Sun Player of the Week honors after defeating UGA's and No. 21 Nathan Pasha to give the Bucs one of their two points against the nationally ranked Bulldogs.
- UNC Asheville will enter Saturday's cross-state matchup with the Spartans at 3-2 on the season, having lost to Wofford and UNC Greensboro, while picking wins over Appalachian State and Division II members Mars Hill and Augusta State.
Last Time Out: The USC Upstate men's tennis team went up against the windy weather and Georgia Southern Sunday Feb. 17 and defeated both, knocking off the Eagles 4-1 at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex in non-conference action.
Next Time Out: Following a pair of weekend matches, Upstate returns to action Saturday, March 9, traveling to Elon to battle the Phoenix in another non-conference tilt. First serve is set for 1 p.m.