March 4, 2010
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Carolina Bello showed some senior leadership with a huge three-set win at No. 5 singles to help lift the USC Upstate women's tennis team to a 4-2 win over Tennessee Tech on Thursday evenng at the Cookeville Indoor Tennis Center.
Upstate (6-1 overall) kicked off the match with a pair of tough three-set wins, as freshman Francisca Valderrama posted a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over Leydi Zora at No. 1 singles. After a loss at No. 2, freshman Simona Cacciuttolo added a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles over Laura Porra.
A loss at No. 4 tied the match, setting the match up for a key battle at No. 5 and Bello came through with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Victoria Cran. Sophomore Ana-Sofia Camberos added a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 over Katie Barnhill to clinch the win for Upstate.
Doubles was not played due to the length of the singles matches. Tennessee Tech fell to 0-4.
The Spartans wrap up the weekend with a pair of A-Sun matches, facing Belmont at 1 p.m. on Friday and Lipscomb at 10 a.m. on Saturday. They also face Murray State at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Lipscomb.
USC Upstate 4, Tennessee Tech 2 Cookeville Indoor Tennis Center Thursday, March 4, 2010 Singles No. 1 -- Francisca Valderrama (USCU) def. Leydi Zora (TTU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 No. 2 -- Diana Woodcock (TTU) def. Monica Pezzoti (USCU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 No. 3 -- Simona Cacciuttolo (USCU) def. Laura Porra (TTU), 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 No. 4 -- Frederike Kahl (TTU) def. Emilia Milovanovic (USCU), 6-4, 6-3 No. 5 -- Carolina Bello (USCU) def. Victoria Cran (TTU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 No. 6 -- Ana Sofia Camberos (USCU) def. Katie Barnhill (TTU), 6-2, 6-2 Records: USCU 6-1 Tech 0-4