Neto, Russwurm Capture Singles Matches; USC Upstate Falls at Home to Gardner-Webb

Neto, Russwurm Capture Singles Matches; USC Upstate Falls at Home to Gardner-Webb

Spartanburg, S.C. – Francisco Neto and Tom Russwurm each recorded singles wins on Thursday as the USC Upstate men's tennis team returned home with a 5-2 loss to the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

USC Upstate falls to 1-14 overall and 0-6 in the Big South while Gardner-Webb improves to 9-6 on the season and 4-1 in conference play.

The Runnin' Bulldogs swept the doubles portion of the match winning at No. 2 and No. 3 to take a 1-0 lead over the Spartans. The No. 1 match with Ankush Arora and Fernando Bernardes went unfinished.

Gardner-Webb won four of the six singles matches to secure the 5-2 victory. USC Upstate picked up wins from Neto at No. 2 and Russwurm at No. 6.

Neto got the Spartans on the board as he defeated Millen Hurrion in three sets at No. 2 by scores of 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Russwurm followed in the No. 6 match topping Stefano Puga in three sets 7-6(6), 3-6, 10-7.

Neto recorded his fourth singles win of the season while Russwurm contributed his second.

"Credit to Gardner-Webb. They played a good match. We got off to a slow start in the doubles. We just didn't play very well. We kind of challenged the guys to come out and fight back in singles. I think, really, at all six courts we were hanging in there and fighting even though we are a little banged up right now. Tom and Francisco, obviously, did a great job taking those third sets. It was a very physical and intense match. I think we just, with the short turnaround, didn't have our legs as much as we needed today. We just couldn't take care of big points under pressure." – Tim McLane, head coach


USC Upstate continues its homestand on Friday evening when it hosts Wofford at 6 p.m.

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