Andres Gonzalez is now one of four members of the men’s tennis program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.
Gonzalez was a member of the men’s tennis team from 1990-92. He not only achieved tremendous success individually, but led his teams to tremendous success in the early days of the University’s membership in NCAA Division II.
Gonzalez was the first men’s tennis player in the history of the program to earn All-America honors, earning the honor in both seasons he played at the University in 1991 and 1992. He finished the 1992 season ranked No. 2 in the nation in doubles and No. 8 in the country in singles, turning in an 18-6 doubles record and a 21-7 singles mark. He also advanced to the singles final in the Rolex Small College National Championships as a senior.
Gonzalez led the men’s team to back-to-back Top 20 national rankings in 1991 and 1992, leading the squad to a No. 11 national ranking in 1991 and an appearance in the 1992 NCAA Division II National Tournament, finishing fifth in the nation. He won all three of his singles matches in the Nationals appearance.
Gonzalez led his Rifle teams to a combined record of 31-8 in his two years in the program playing for head coach Alan Ferguson. Although he played just two seasons in the program after transferring to the University from North Greenville, he ranks third all-time with a .780 winning percentage. His 39 singles wins are the second-most of any player who played just two seasons in the program.
Gonzalez returned to his native South America after graduating from Upstate in 1992. He is currently a financial analyst working for Grupo Factoring de Occidente in Colombia, a financial services company specializing in factoring operations.