Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team dropped the doubles point but used four singles victories to claim a 4-3 win over the Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros in a non-conference match on Thursday afternoon at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
Upstate improves to 4-9 on the season while Texas Rio Grande Valley drops to 2-16 overall.
"To be honest, today was easily the worst start we've had in doubles, and to UTRGV's credit they jumped all over us," said assistant coach Tim McLane. "We were able to respond and grind out four singles wins. Hopefully when we take the court against Davidson tomorrow we will make the necessary corrections and come out ready to battle against a good team."
The Vaqueros clinched the doubles point with 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. In the No. 2 match, Ankush Arora and Francisco Neto led 5-4 over Elliot Johnstone and Andres Hernandez but the match went unfinished.
Ignacio Garrido tied the match after he opened singles play with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 over Mateo Schmit. Clement Sarradin claimed a 7-6(7), 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles for the Vaqueros.
The Spartans would win the next three singles matches to claim the win. Felix Ewers was a 7-6(4), 6-0 winner over Koby Jansen at No. 1 singles. Neto followed with a 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Hernandez at No. 5. Lenhard Haupt clinched the match with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Johnstone at No. 2 singles.
Upstate has a quick turnaround as it travels to Davidson tomorrow afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. match.
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Tennis Match Results
1. Felix Ewers (UPST) def. Jansen, Koby (UTRGV) 7-6 (4-0), 6-0
2. Lenhard Haupt (UPST) def. Johnstone, Elliot (UTRGV) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
3. Kaufman, Yehonatan (UTRGV) def. Fernando Bernardes (UPST) 0-6, 7-6 (5-0), 6-4
4. Sarradin, Clement (UTRGV) def. Ankush Arora (UPST) 7-6 (7-0), 6-2
5. Francisco Neto (UPST) def. Hernandez, Andres (UTRGV) 7-6 (5-0), 6-2
6. Ignacio Garrido (UPST) def. Schmit, Mateo (UTRGV) 6-3, 6-2
1. Kaufman, Yehonatan/Schmit, Mateo (UTRGV) def. Fernando Bernardes/Ignacio Garrido (UPST) 6-2
2. Ankush Arora/Francisco Neto (UPST) vs. Johnstone, Elliot/Hernandez, Andres (UTRGV) 5-4, unfinished
3. Jansen, Koby/Sarradin, Clement (UTRGV) def. Lenhard Haupt/Tomas Venere (UPST) 6-2
UT Rio Grande Valley 2-16
USC Upstate 4-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,4,1,5,2,3)