Spartans Head to A-Sun Championship with Pair of Postseason Honors
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MACON, Ga. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team is set for the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship to begin Friday after Constanze Kuerten was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team and Julie Bell picked up All-Academic honors as announced by the league office Thursday.
Kuerten and Bell helped the Spartans to a 13-7 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference action to earn the No. 3 seed in the A-Sun Championship. Kuerten finished the season 10-9 overall in singles action and 15-2 in doubles. The freshman was named the A-Sun Player of the Week twice this season, while Bell earned All-Academic accolades, boasting a 3.85 GPA as a biology major. The senior turned in a 13-5 record in singles play, while going 10-7 in doubles.
The Spartans closed out the regular season, splitting a pair of road A-Sun contests in the Peach State. Upstate's four-match conference winning streak was snapped April 12 with a 4-3 loss at Kennesaw State, but the team rebounded the next day at Mercer, picking up a 5-2 win.
As the No. 3 seed in the A-Sun Championship hosted by ETSU, the Spartans head to Johnson City, Tenn., to square off with No. 6 Kennesaw State Friday at 11:30 a.m. KSU finished the regular season 9-11 overall and 4-4 in league play. The 4-3 victory for the Owls against Upstate during the regular season extended their A-Sun win-streak to four matches, before dropping a 5-2 decision to ETSU April 13.
This will be Upstate's first A-Sun Tournament appearance in just its second year of eligibility. The Spartans probable lineup for the conference championship will see Isabel von Stryk at No. 1 singles, while Kuerten will play at the No. 2 spot. Von Stryk is 11-6 in singles play this season and 6-5 at the No. 1 position, while Kuerten is 5-4 at No. 2 singles.
Talia Rojas will hold down No. 3 singles for Upstate, while Taylor Cohen is set to play at the No. 4 slot. Rojas is 4-16 on the season and 1-10 at the No. 3 position, while Cohen is 10-7 overall and 5-3 at No. 4 singles. Allison Beeler and Bell round things out for the Spartans at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Beeler is 10-7 overall on the year and holds an 8-6 edge at No. 5 singles, while Bell boasts a 10-3 record at the No. 6 spot.
The Spartans are 15-3 in doubles action this season, sweeping doubles play six times. Against Kennesaw State Friday, the Upstate's doubles lineup will be quite familiar as the duo of Cohen and Bell will hold down the No. 1 spot. Cohen and Bell are 9-7 as a team and 8-6 at the No. 1 position. The No. 2 pairing of von Stryk and Rojas are 11-4 overall this season and 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, while Beeler and Kuerten are 13-1 as a doubles team and 12-1 at No. 3 slot.
The winner of the Upstate and KSU first round match will advance to the semifinals and face No. 2 seed North Florida Saturday at 11:30 a.m.