Upstate Dominates Wofford in Home Opener 6-1

Francisco Neto (photo by Stacey Wylie)
Francisco Neto (photo by Stacey Wylie)

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team opened its home schedule in impressive fashion Friday afternoon by defeating crosstown rival Wofford 6-1 in non-conference action from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

Upstate improves to 2-2 on the season while Wofford falls to 4-3 overall.

"First of all I would like to thank the fans and student-athletes for their support today," said assistant coach Tim McLane. "I am so happy with the way the guys played and how they competed today. We came out and took care of business in doubles and executed all of our game plans. I couldn't be happier with the way things went today."

The Spartans got off to a hot start in doubles play, easily picking up the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Felix Ewers and Francisco Neto snagged a 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot over Jack Thomas and Lucas Cerbelli, while Fernando Bernardes and Ignacio Garrido secured the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 3 against Trevor Gotkowski and Andrew Graham. In the No. 1 doubles match, Ankush Arora and Lenhard Haupt tied Haris Poric and Julian Chousa 5-5 before going unfinished.

Upstate continued to roll in singles play, winning five of the six matches, all of which came in straight sets. Garrido dropped just two games in a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles over Kyle Barr, while Haupt was equally impressive with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Thomas.

Neto secured the win with a straight set victory at No. 5 singles, defeating Chousa 7-5, 6-2. Ewers and Bernardes followed with straight sets wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 slots, respectively. Ewers topped Poric 6-4, 6-4 and Bernardes held off Parks Schoen 6-1, 7-6 (4).

The Spartans begin a three-match road trip next weekend, traveling to Campbell on Saturday and UNC Wilmington on Sunday. Upstate faces Campbell at 12 p.m. on Saturday and UNC Wilmington at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

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Match Results
Singles Competition
1. Felix Ewers (UPST) def. Haris Poric (WOF) 6-4, 6-4
2. Lucas Cerbelli (WOF) def. Ankush Arora (UPST) 6-4, 6-4
3. Fernando Bernardes (UPST) def. Parks Schoen (WOF) 6-1, 7-6 (4)
4. Lenhard Haupt (UPST) def. Jack Thomas (WOF) 6-3, 6-3
5. Francisco Neto (UPST) def. Julian Chousa (WOF) 7-5, 6-2
6. Ignacio Garrido (UPST) def. Kyle Barr (WOF) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. Ankush Arora/Lenhard Haupt (UPST) vs. Haris Poric/Julian Chousa (WOF) 5-5, unfinished
2. Fernando Bernardes/Ignacio Garrido (UPST) def. Trevor Gotkowski/Andrew Graham (WOF) 6-4
3. Felix Ewers/Francisco Neto (UPST) def. Jack Thomas/Lucas Cerbelli (WOF) 6-2