USC Upstate Drops 6-1 Decision at Campbell

USC Upstate Drops 6-1 Decision at Campbell

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team suffered a 6-1 setback to the Campbell Camels on Saturday afternoon in Big South competition from Nisbet Tennis Center.

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

The Camels won both doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 3 to capture the point and take a 1-0 lead over the Spartans. Campbell won both doubles matches by 6-3 scores.

The Camels would capture five singles matches at No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 to record the 6-1 victory. The Spartans picked up one singles win from Ankush Arora at No. 1 while Lucas Percy, playing at No. 3, sent his match into the third set.

Arora defeated Dustin Werner in three sets during the No. 1 match for his second singles victory of the season. The senior took the first set 6-4 before Werner evened the match by winning the second set 6-3. Arora held off Werner in the third set 7-6 to earn the win.

Percy and Raphael Calzi went into the third set of their No. 3 singles match. After falling behind through one set, Percy tied the match by winning the second set 6-3. Calzi would go on to a 6-2 victory in the third set.

"Any time you are on the road against the defending champions it's going to be a tough ask, and to top it off we had two of our top guys out sick and we haven't practiced since Wednesday. But all things considered I thought we played with good energy but we made some uncharacteristic mistakes in singles that made it hard on us to fight back. Our biggest priority going forward is to make sure we're healthy and hopefully the weather will cooperate with us so we can get some much needed practice in before have we a string of matches over the next couple of weeks." – Tim McLane, head coach

USC Upstate remains in conference play on Thursday, March 7 traveling to Presbyterian for a 3 p.m. match.

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