Zoske Shines in Spartan Home Debut
Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate freshman Anna Zoske made her Spartan home debut in style by capturing two titles Sunday afternoon at the USC Upstate Fall Classic from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
Zoske won the A singles back draw following three straight thrilling victories, as she was forced to play all three matches on Sunday due to heavy rains in and around the Spartanburg area on Saturday that led to the postponement of her back draw.
Zoske began the morning by dropping the first set of her first match 2-6 to Teodora Stancui of Gardner-Webb, but responded with a 6-0 victory in the second set before winning the super tiebreaker 10-8 to move into the quarterfinals. In the next match, Zoske took the first set 6-4, but Jenny Lunde of Gardner-Webb battled back to win the second set 6-2. A second 10-8 victory by Zoske in the super tiebreaker lifted her into the finals against Presbyterian's Carolina Ferrari.
As she had done in her previous two matches of the day, Zoske was once again victorious in the super tiebreaker, besting Ferrari 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 in the finals to capture her first individual title in a Spartan uniform.
Playing as the top seed in the B doubles draw, Zoske and teammate Taylor Cohen won the title after turning in an 8-6 win over third-seeded Courtney Gardiner and Patricia Alves of Presbyterian Sunday in the finals. The duo opened the draw with an 8-2 win over Audrey Coventry and Emily Erickson of Wofford before knocking off No. 4 seed Catherine White and Stancui of Gardner-Webb 9-8 (4) Friday in the semifinals.
USC Upstate returns to the court Oct. 4-6 when the Spartans head south to take part in the Clemson Invitational.