Asheville, N.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision in conference play to the UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.
USC Upstate falls to 1-12 on the season and 0-4 in Big South play while UNC Asheville improves to 16-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
The Spartans captured the doubles point after wins at No. 1 and No. 3 to go ahead of the Bulldogs 1-0. USC Upstate received wins from Ankush Arora/Fernando Bernardes at No. 1 and Samuel Schiano/Frederick Sydow at No. 3.
Arora and Bernardes picked up their team-leading third doubles victory of the season after defeating Olly Cull and Henry Patten 7-6. Playing together for the first time this season, Schiano and Sydow registered a 6-3 win versus Quinn Fender and Charlie Morkel.
UNC Asheville followed by winning five singles matches at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 to win the match 5-2. The Spartans sent two matches into the fifth set with Sydow at No. 5 and Francisco Neto at No. 2.
Luka Eble, playing at No. 4 singles, earned his second win of the season defeating Cull in three sets 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.
Neto fell 6-3, 3-6, 3-6 against Oli Nolan while Sydow was defeated 1-6, 6-3, 2-6 against Morkel.
"Very solid effort of our guys today. UNC Asheville has been playing better than anyone in the conference and their record this year speaks for itself. But our guys went up there, as beat up as we are right now, and just battled. We almost did enough to pull that match out against a really good team. Now that we've got everyone back and we're getting healthier, we've got to make sure we play every match with that kind of energy and then some." – Tim McLane, head coach
The Spartans conclude their 10-match road trip on Sunday afternoon traveling to Radford for a 12 p.m. match against the Highlanders.
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