USC Upstate Cruises to 5-2 Victory over UNC Asheville

Fernando Bernardes
Fernando Bernardes

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team captured the doubles point and four singles matches on Wednesday afternoon as it returned home with a 5-2 non-conference victory over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

USC Upstate improves to 3-9 on the season while UNC Asheville falls to 3-7 overall.

The Spartans picked up the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead after recording a pair of 6-0 wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Fernando Bernardes and Ignacio Garrido got things started at No. 1 doubles with a 6-0 win against Oli Nolan and Edward Colclough, and Luka Eble and Felix Ewers followed at No. 3 with another 6-0 triumph over Andrew Sinai and Finlay Ray McFayden. In the No. 2 match, Ankush Arora and Francisco Neto were leading James Massie and Olly Cull 5-3 but went unfinished.

USC Upstate continued that momentum into singles play taking four of the six matches, all coming in straight sets. The first three matches went to the Spartans at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 3 to clinch the match victory. Neto defeated Colclough 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 while Eble, playing at No. 4, topped Sinai 6-4, 6-2. Bernardes clinched the victory for USC Upstate at No. 3 leading 6-2, 3-2 before Cull retired.

Garrido closed out the match with a 7-6(6), 6-0 win against Massie in the No. 6 singles match.

"Today was a really solid team effort all-around. Our doubles were excellent today, strategically. Then we were able to take care of business in singles by really sticking to our fundamentals and staying aggressive. One of the positive things about us having struggled through injuries and a tough schedule so far this season, is that we're battle-tested and we know the level we have to be at mentally and we're starting to bring things together." – Tim McLane, assistant coach

The Spartans remain at home on Monday, March 12 when they host Troy and Limestone in a doubleheader. USC Upstate faces Troy at 12 p.m. and Limestone at 6 p.m.

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