Spartans Tip Hatters 4-3, Sweep Sunshine State Swing

Spartans Tip Hatters 4-3, Sweep Sunshine State Swing

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DELAND, Fla. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team rallied from a late deficit Saturday afternoon to knock off the Stetson Hatters 4-3 at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center in Atlantic Sun Conference action.

The Spartans (10-5, 2-2 A-Sun) make it a perfect Sunshine State road swing with the victory after taking down FGCU in a similar 4-3 fashion Thursday afternoon.

For the 12th time this season Upstate captured the first point of the day, winning two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead.

Constanze Kuerten and Allison Beeler paired up for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles, and Taylor Cohen and Julie Bell combined to earn an 8-5 win at the top spot and secure the opening point of the match.

The Hatters (9-7, 4-2 A-Sun) quickly bounced back in singles play, picking wins at the No. 3 and No. 1 spots, but Isabel von Stryk knotted the score at 2-2 with her 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Sara Lazarevic at the No. 2 slot.

A win for Stetson at No. 5 singles put the Hatters up 3-2 with matches at No. 4 and No. 6 singles still in play. A pair of marathon matches decided the final score and the Spartans grinded out both points to earn the victory.

Bell earned a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Stauffer MacDowell at No. 6 and Cohen provided the winning margin for the second straight match with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) win over Jen Miller to clinch the 4-3 victory.

The Spartans return to action next weekend with three matches in as many days, hosting South Alabama Thursday, before Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb come to town Friday and Saturday.

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USC Upstate 4, Stetson 3
Mar 30, 2013 at DeLand, Fla. (Mandy Stoll Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Andrea Crespo (STET) def. Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) 6-2, 6-0
2. Isabel von Stryk (UPSTW) def. Sara Lazarevic (STET) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
3. Diana Bukajeva (STET) def. Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 6-1, 6-2
4. Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) def. Jen Miller (STET) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Eveline Lepinay (STET) def. Allison Beeler (UPSTW) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Julie Bell (UPSTW) def. MB StaufferMacDowell (STET) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Taylor Cohen/Julie Bell (UPSTW) def. Andrea Crespo/Sara Lazarevic (STET) 8-5
2. Jen Miller/Diana Bukajeva (STET) def. Isabel von Stryk/Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 8-4
3. Constanze Kuerten/Allison Beeler (UPSTW) def. Eveline Lepinay/MB StaufferMacDowell (STET) 8-3
Match Notes
USC Upstate 10-5, 2-2
Stetson 9-7, 4-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,2,5,6,4)
T-4:20 A-52