Spartanburg, S.C. – An exciting day of tennis culminated with four Spartans reaching the finals in their respective draws Saturday afternoon at the Upstate Fall Classic from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
Senior Yvon Haessig (Burgdof, Switzerland) qualified for the finals of the singles A draw following a pair of victories, beginning with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 upset win over second-seeded Grayson Mills of Presbyterian. Haessig went on to best Rob Galloway of Wofford 6-4, 6-4 en route to a Sunday matchup with Wofford's Haris Poric. It appeared as if Haessig would face teammate Matthias Kidler (Bremen, Germany) in the finals, but Kidler was forced to remove himself from the tournament due to injury despite winning the first set 6-4 and holding a 1-0 lead in the second.
Second-seeded and Spartan senior Gonzalo Blanco (Chascomus, Argentina) reached the finals of the singles B draw after besting Presbyterian's Diego Manzanas 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Blanco continued his success with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Jorge Wilton of Kennesaw State and will battle Ben Horst of Furman in the finals.
Freshman Rajanuir Dharni (Mumbai, India) turned in a strong showing in his Spartan debut on his way to the finals of the singles C draw. Dharni opened his Upstate career with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Patrick Longest of Wofford before upending third-seeded Jake Bouchillon of Kennesaw State 7-5, 6-0 to qualify for the finals.
Upstate sophomore Carlos Tajes also qualified for the finals of the singles C draw, but will have to defeat Dharni to win the title. Tajes' path to the finals began with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over McClain Culver of Wofford and concluded with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Presbyterian's P.H. Broyhill.
In doubles action, the Upstate duo of Haessig and Blanco turned in an 8-4 victory over Simon Pritchard and Dacid Durham of Kennesaw State to qualify for the championship match of the doubles A back draw.
Competition gets underway Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with doubles and will be followed by singles play at 10:30 a.m.