Spartans Topple Terriers in Crosstown Battle
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team got back on track Wednesday afternoon, welcoming crosstown rival Wofford College to town and dominating the Terriers 6-1 in non-conference action.
The Spartans (3-1) have now won three of their last four matches and remain unbeaten at home at 2-0 on the season, while the Terrier's (2-2) bid for a three-game winning streak falls short as they dip to 0-2 in road contests.
For the fourth straight match the Spartans dominated the doubles action, quickly securing the opening point of the day with convincing wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Isabel von Stryk and Talia Rojas combined for a dominating 8-0 victory at the No. 2 spot, while Constanze Kuerten and Allison Beeler eased their way to an 8-2 win at the No. 3 slot to secure the doubles point.
Taylor Cohen and Julie Bell held a 5-4 advantage at No. 1 doubles in search of four straight wins, but Upstate captured the doubles point, leaving the top match of the day unfinished with Spartans holding a slight lead.
Needing just three singles matches to pick up the win, Upstate quickly put the match on ice with wins at No. 3, No. 6 and No. 1 singles to take a 4-0 lead. Bell cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 6, while Kuerten was perfect in a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 3 spot to remain unbeaten on the year in singles play at 4-0. Von Stryk clinched the match at No. 1 singles, knocking off Sarah Evans 6-3, 6-0.
Allison Beeler continued the trend of easy victories at the No. 5 spot, picking up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Othilia Lindqvist, while Cohen battled her way to a 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 victory at No. 2 singles.
The Spartans will enjoy a nine-day break before returning to action Feb. 15 at Davidson and Feb. 16 at Elon University.
USC Upstate 6, Wofford 1
Feb 06, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (USC Upstate Tennis Complex)
|1. Isabel von Stryk (UPSTW) def. EVANS, Sarah (WOFW) 6-3, 6-0|
|2. Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) def. COVENTRY, Audrey (WOFW) 6-2, 2-6, 10-8|
|3. Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) def. PAULSON, Julia (WOFW) 6-0, 6-0|
|4. SANCHEZ, Mareli (WOFW) def. Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|5. Allison Beeler (UPSTW) def. LINDQVIST, Othilia (WOFW) 6-1, 6-2|
|6. Julie Bell (UPSTW) def. SCHERMERHORN, Lucy (WOFW) 6-0, 6-3|
|1. Taylor Cohen/Julie Bell (UPSTW) vs. EVANS, Sarah/LINDQVIST, Othilia (WOFW) 5-4, unfinished|
|2. Isabel von Stryk/Talia Rojas (UPSTW) def. PRZYSTAWSKI, Emily/SANCHEZ, Mareli (WOFW) 8-0|
|3. Constanze Kuerten/Allison Beeler (UPSTW) def. PAULSON, Julia/SCHERMERHORN, Lucy (WOFW) 8-2|
|USC Upstate 3-2|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,1,5,4,2)|