USC Upstate Drops Big South Opener to Winthrop

USC Upstate Drops Big South Opener to Winthrop

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team sent three singles matches into the third set on Friday afternoon as the Spartans dropped their Big South opener to the Winthrop Eagles 6-1 at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

USC Upstate falls to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in league play while Winthrop improves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

The Eagles picked up the doubles point to hold a 1-0 lead after winning at No. 1 and No. 2. The No. 3 match featuring Fernando Bernardes and Frederick Sydow went unfinished.

Winthrop then went on to capture five singles matches for the 6-1 victory. The Spartans, however, had three matches last until the third set at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6. Bernardes secured a point for USC Upstate with his 6-4, 6-1 victory in the No. 4 match over Lluis Miralles.

Ankush Arora (No. 1), Francisco Neto (No. 2) and Sydow (No. 6) all had their respective singles matches last until the third set. Arora won the first set over Diego Quiroz in a tiebreaker 7-6(14) but Quiroz won the next two 7-5, 6-1. Neto fell behind Gabriel Dias in the first set 6-0 only to come back in the second on a tiebreaker 7-6(5). Dias took the final set 6-2. Sydow sent the first two sets of his match into tiebreakers and won the first 7-6(3) against Alberto Tinagli. Tinagli then won 7-6(5) and 6-4.

The Spartans travel to Clinton, S.C. on Wednesday, February 20 for a 2 p.m. match at Presbyterian in Big South action.

"Man that was a heck of a match today. Back and forth the whole way and we couldn't be happier with the way our guys competed today. We really didn't play our best tennis as a team but we just kept scrapping back and had a bunch of chances to win it today. We need to be a little better at playing with momentum and executing our game plans on big points but overall we played a really good match and just needed a couple more points at critical times to get it done. That's how it goes." – Tim McLane, head coach

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