Spartans Spurned by Mocs, 5-2

Spartans Spurned by Mocs, 5-2

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team lost 5-2 on Saturday afternoon against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It was a bit of an awkward situation with us really not having practices since Sunday because of the weather." USC Upstate head tennis coach Tim McLane said, "At the end of the day we had plenty of chances for us to either be closer or win the match today."

USC Upstate (1-7, 0-1 BSC) got off to a bit of slow start. The No. 3 doubles tandem of Noelia Acuna and Gabriela Cevallos dominated their opponents 6-2. The other two doubles teams struggled however losing 6-4 and 6-2.

Chattanooga (6-2) kept the pressure on the Spartans heading into the singles portion of the competition already leading 1-0. Freshman sensation Victoria Saldh attempted put the pressure back on the Mocs with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles. Saldh is now 6-2 on the season in singles competition for the Spartans.

Elin Heilberg picked up a victory at the No. 6 singles position with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anna Didkovskaya. The win gave the Spartans their second and final point of the match. With the victory Heilberg has now won two consecutive matches and is now 3-5 on the season.

Maria Jardim fell at No.2 singles in straight sets, while Noelia Acuna and Vale Zarama lost at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions. The No.5 singles match between Ana Boza and Emma Van Hee ended after the second set due to time constraints with the men's match starting immediately afterwards.

The Spartans next match will stay on the road this coming week as they travel to Radford, Va., next Friday afternoon.

"We've got some things we need to improve this week, but we'll show up on Friday ready to get a conference win at Radford," McLane responded.

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