Upstate Falls 4-3 to Lamar in Neutral Site Match

Fernando Bernardes
Fernando Bernardes

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Mobile, Ala. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team closed out its four-match road trip in the state of Alabama on Friday morning by falling 4-3 in a neutral site match to the Lamar Cardinals.

Upstate falls to 3-9 on the season while Lamar improves to 8-5 overall.

"Today was another heartbreaker against a really good Lamar team," said assistant coach Tim McLane. "We're so proud of the way our guys fought in singles after dropping the doubles point. Continuing to put ourselves in good positions against good competition is going to pay off once we get into conference play coming up. The guys showed a lot of heart today and we got better as a team because of it."

The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Spartans by winning the doubles point after claiming matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Michael Feucht and Benny Schweizer picked up a 6-3 victory over Ankush Arora and Francisco Neto in the No. 2 match before Jeandre Hoogenboezem and Nikita Lis won the doubles point after capturing their No. 1 match against Fernando Bernardes and Ignacio Garrido 7-5. The No. 3 doubles match consisting of Felix Ewers and Lenhard Haupt against Juuso Laitinen and Logan Powell went unfinished with the score tied at 6-6.

The teams split the six singles matches with Upstate earning victories at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6. In the No. 2 singles match, Haupt topped Lis in straight sets 7-5, 6-4, while Bernardes claimed a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sebastian Santibanez in the No. 3 match. Garrido held off Schweizer at No. 6 singles in three sets 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2.

The contest went down to the final singles match with Laitinen edging Neto 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5. Arora also sent his No. 4 singles match into the third set but fell to Hoogenboezem 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

The Spartans return home on Thursday, March 16 to host Texas Rio Grande Valley at 2 p.m.

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Match Results
Singles Competition
1.  Michael Feucht (LU) def. Felix Ewers (UPST) 6-3, 6-2
2.  Lenhard Haupt (UPST) def. Nikita Lis (LU) 7-5, 6-4
3.  Fernando Bernardes (UPST) def. Sebastian Santibanez (LU) 6-2, 6-1
4.  Jeandre Hoogenboezem (LU) def. Ankush Arora (UPST) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
5.  Juuso Laitinen (LU) def. Francisco Neto (UPST) 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-3
6.  Ignacio Garrido (UPST) def. Benny Schweizer (LU) 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1.  Jeandre Hoogenboezem/Nikita Lis (LU) def. Fernando Bernardes/Ignacio Garrido (UPST) 7-5
2.  Michael Feucht/Benny Schweizer (LU) def. Ankush Arora/Francisco Neto (UPST) 6-3
3.  Felix Ewers/Lenhard Haupt (UPST) vs. Juuso Leitinen/Logan Powell (LU) 6-6, unfinished

Match Notes:
Lamar 8-5
USC Upstate 3-9
Order of Finish:  Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,1,2,6,4,5)