USC Upstate Cruises to 5-2 Win over Kennesaw State on Senior Night

USC Upstate Cruises to 5-2 Win over Kennesaw State on Senior Night

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team closed out its season in convincing fashion Saturday evening defeating the Kennesaw State Owls 5-2 on Senior Night from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

USC Upstate finishes its season with a 6-18 overall record and 1-5 mark in the conference while Kennesaw State falls to 8-10 on the season and 2-4 in league play.

The Spartans recognized their two seniors prior to the match on Saturday honoring Felix Ewers and Ignacio Garrido in a pre-match ceremony.

USC Upstate started the match on a positive note taking the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to take a 1-0 lead over the Owls. Garrido and Francisco Neto got things started at No. 1 defeating Fermin Calvo Barcelo and Manuel Castellanos 6-4. After Kennesaw State won at No. 3, the combination of Ewers and Luka Eble secured the point for the Spartans winning their No. 2 match over Drew Lahey and Bryan Triana 6-4.

USC Upstate carried that momentum into singles play winning four matches, including three in three sets, to record the 5-2 victory.

Ankush Arora put the Spartans ahead 2-0 with his 6-4, 6-2 straight set win over Corey Smith. Kennesaw State won at No. 2 before Garrido, playing at No. 6, held off Harrison Wood in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. The Owls then picked up a win at No. 1 to cut USC Upstate's lead down to 3-2. The Spartans responded by winning at No. 4 and No. 5 to collect the 5-2 victory.

Fernando Bernardes, playing at No. 4, won the match for USC Upstate defeating Triana in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Eble closed out the match contributing a three-set victory at No. 5 topping Lahey 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(3).

"What a great way to send our seniors out with a convincing conference win. All the guys really stepped up today to give those guys a good ending to their careers here at Upstate. We thank Nacho and Felix for their years here as Spartans and we wish them all the best in their next journey in life." – Tim McLane, assistant coach

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