Upstate Drops 5-2 Road Decision at UNC Wilmington

Photo by Stacey Wylie
Photo by Stacey Wylie

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Wilmington, N.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team fought its way to a doubles point on Sunday afternoon, but UNC Wilmington rallied for wins in five of the six singles matches for a 5-2 victory in non-conference action from UNCW Tennis Courts.

Upstate falls to 2-4 on the season while UNC Wilmington improves to 4-2 overall.

"Today was a great battle against a very solid UNC Wilmington team," said assistant coach Tim McLane. "We did a great job grabbing the doubles point. Felix picked up a great win in singles, and then it just came down to a couple of points where we needed to execute better in crucial situations. I am very happy with the way the team battled and competed today overall."

The Spartans opened the match with a pair of doubles victories to claim the first point and lead 1-0. After dropping the No. 1 match, Upstate saw Fernando Bernardes and Ignacio Garrido even things up at No. 2 doubles as they defeated Agustin Savarino and Gabe Hocevar 6-4. The No. 3 doubles combination of Felix Ewers and Francisco Neto put the Spartans in front after their 6-3 triumph over Josh Hublitz and Ralphael Calzi 6-3.

Ewers grabbed the lone singles victory for Upstate at the No. 1 position defeating Hublitz in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

Bernardes and Garrido both sent their singles matches into the third set. Bernardes fell at No. 4 singles to Ignasi de Rueda 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, while Garrido dropped a 1-6, 6-2, 6-7 decision to Calzi in the No. 5 contest.

The Spartans return to action on Friday, Feb. 24 when they travel to Greenville to take on Furman at 3 p.m.

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Match Results
Singles Competition
1. Felix Ewers (UPST) def. Josh Hublitz (UNCW) 6-2, 6-2
2. Agustin Savarino (UNCW) def. Ankush Arora (UPST) 6-3, 6-2
3. Andres Torres (UNCW) def. Lenhard Haupt (UPST) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Ignasi de Rueda (UNCW) def. Fernando Bernardes (UPST) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
5. Ralphael Calzi (UNCW) def. Ignacio Garrido (UPST) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6
6. Daniel Groom (UNCW) def. Francisco Neto (UPST) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Daniel Groom/Andres Torres (UNCW) def. Ankush Arora/Lenhard Haupt (UPST) 6-0
2. Fernando Bernardes/Ignacio Garrido (UPST) def. Agustin Savarino/Gabe Hocevar (UNCW) 6-4
3. Felix Ewers/Francisco Neto (UPST) def. Josh Hublitz/Ralphael Calzi (UNCW) 6-3