SPARTANBURG, S.C. – For the third time this season the USC Upstate women's tennis fell by a final score of 4-3, this time it was to Big South Conference foe Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
"We're so proud of the way these ladies fought and competed today." USC Upstate head tennis coach Tim McLane said, "Nobody expected us to have a chance to win that match, and yet there we were. We played an excellent double point at No. 1 and No. 2. Then we gave ourselves all kinds of chances in the singles, we just didn't quite convert enough today. This team has improved so much over the last couple of months and we're still getting better."
For just the second time all season USC Upstate (1-6, 0-1 BSC) won the elusive doubles point. The No. 2 doubles tandem of Elin Hellberg and Victoria Saldh easily won their match 6-3 over Charleston Southern (1-4, 1-0 BSC). After a loss at the No. 3 doubles court the final point came down to the No.1 doubles tandem. Vale Zarama and Maria Jardim edged out their counterparts 7-5 to give the Spartans an early 1-0 advantage.
Singles play was a different story however for USC Upstate. The Spartans were unable to come away with a victory on courts 2-5, but Saldh was able to break a recent losing streak at the top singles position. The native of Sweden is now 5-2 on the season and has won three of her five victories as either the No.1 or No.2 singles player. Hellberg won just her second match of the season at the No. 6 singles position.
USC Upstate will have a week off to prepare for Chattanooga next Saturday morning.
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