Spartans Set to Host USC Upstate Fall Classic This Weekend
Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team will take part in its second tournament of the fall this weekend when the Spartans host the USC Upstate Fall Classic from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
Competition begins Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. with doubles action and will conclude Sunday morning beginning at 9 a.m. with championship matches. The tournament will also feature ETSU, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian and Wofford.
Freshman Anna Zoske (Duesseldorf, Germany) will take on Wofford's Julia Paulson in the singles A draw, while senior Taylor Cohen (Duluth, Ga.) will battle Jenny Lunde of Gardner-Webb. Junior Isabel von Stryk (Holm, Germany), the second-seeded player in the singles A draw, will matchup with Patricia Alves of Presbyterian in the opening round.
In the singles B draw, junior Lindsey Buenger (Shawnee, Kan.) faces Wofford's Taylor Carlson, and fourth-seeded and Upstate senior Talia Rojas (Lima, Peru) begins play against Emily Erickson of Wofford. Freshman Ana Baron (Brusque, Brazil) is scheduled to take on Rokia Sacko of Gardner-Webb, while sophomore Sarah Vande Berg will test second-seeded Mareli Sanchez of Wofford. All singles matches are scheduled to begin Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Rojas and von Stryk will compete as the No. 2 seed in the A doubles draw and will face Gardner'Webb's Lunde and Sacko. Cohen and Zoske are the top seed in the B doubles draw and are scheduled to battle Audrey Coventry and Erickson of Wofford, while Buenger and Baron take on third-seeded Courtney Gardiner and Alves of Presbyterian.
Upstate ushered in the fall season last weekend with a strong showing at the Elon Invitational. Von Stryk finished in second place of the A-1 singles flight, while Baron and Buenger were runners-up in the B-2 doubles flight. Cohen placed sixth in the A-1 singles flight.
Von Stryk enjoyed success last season at the Upstate Fall Classic, as she and Rojas claimed the championship in the doubles back draw after winning three matches in as many days. The duo eased to the title by posting an 8-0 victory in the finals.