Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's tennis fell 4-3 to College of Charleston in the season opener on Friday afternoon at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
"First of all I have to congratulate all of our newcomers, Victoria [Saldh], Maria [Jardim], and Ana [Boza], for picking up their first wins as Spartans today." USC Upstate head women's tennis coach Tim McLane said, "I thought we played a great doubles point today and we were nice and aggressive and finished balls at the net."
USC Upstate falls to 0-1 on the season while College of Charleston improves to 1-0 on the 2019 campaign.
The doubles portion of the match came down to the wire as College of Charleston and USC Upstate split the No.1 and No.2 doubles courts. The USC Upstate tandem of Noelia Acuna and Ana Boza took the College of Charleston team of Sarah Zschunke and Turner Yates to a tie break to decide the doubles point in the match. Acuna and Boza almost came away with the victory but fell 8-6 in the tie break.
In the singles portion of the contest USC Upstate newcomers Victoria Saldh, Maria Jardim and Boza all picked up wins in their respective singles positions. Meanwhile, the Cougars knocked off the Spartans top two players in singles play and a win at No.5 singles cemented College of Charleston's victory.
"In singles we got off to a bit of a slow start but we did a good job of giving ourselves chances to get back in the match; We were basically one point in a doubles tiebreak away from picking up a win over a quality team." McLane responded, "As a staff we are very pleased with how we played, but we know we also have a lot of room to improve to get ready for Wofford on Thursday."
The Spartans next match will be at home against Wofford on Thursday, January 24 at 2:00 p.m.
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