Spartans Fall 5-2 at FGCU in A-Sun Play

Spartans Fall 5-2 at FGCU in A-Sun Play

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team came up short in a bid for its first league win of the year Thursday evening, falling 5-2 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Atlantic Sun Conference action at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

The Spartans (6-9, 0-3 A-Sun) drop their second straight match and remain winless on the year in league play, while the Eagles (9-7, 4-1 A-Sun) have won four of their first five matches to open A-Sun action.

FGCU picked up the first point of the day with 8-5 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The lone bright spot for Upstate in doubles action came from Viktor Selander and Jamie Yates who earned an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles.

Matthias Kidler, ranked No. 111 in the nation, continued his torrid stretch at No. 1 singles when he cruised past Jordi Vives 6-2, 6-4 for his sixth consecutive victory. Vives entered the day having won nine of his last 10 matches, but Kidler rolled in straight sets to improve to 10-3 on the year at No. 1 singles and 3-0 since earning a national ranking.

Yates provided the only other point for the Spartans at No. 6 singles, rallying from down a set to knock off Michael Beiler 5-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Upstate dropped the remaining four matches as FGCU defended its home court and stayed in the race for a regular season championship.

The Spartans return to action Saturday morning, staying in the Sunshine State to battle Stetson University. First serve against the Hatters is set for 2 p.m. in Deland, Fla.

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Florida Gulf Coast 5, USC Upstate 2
Mar 28, 2013 at Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. #111 Matthias Kidler (UPSTM) def. Jordi Vives (FGCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 6-3, 6-0
3. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Viktor Selander (UPSTM) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jackson Moore (FGCU) def. Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
5. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3
6. Jamie Yates (UPSTM) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) 5-6, 6-4, 7-5
Doubles competition
1. Jordi Vives/Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Gonzalo Blanco/Yvon Haessig (UPSTM) 8-5
2. Lance Lvovsky/Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Matthias Kidler/Ramon Simonetti (UPSTM) 8-5
3. Viktor Selander/Jamie Yates (UPSTM) def. Michael Beiler/Collin Brown (FGCU) 8-6
Match Notes
USC Upstate 6-9, 0-3 A-Sun
Florida Gulf Coast 9-7, 4-1 A-Sun
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)