BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team fell 5-2 to Campbell University on Saturday morning.
"I thought we played a very solid doubles point. Our tactics were on point and we did a great job closing out matches at two and three." USC Upstate head tennis coach Tim McLane said, "In singles we didn't start out playing cleanly, and we put ourselves in a major hole dropping every first set. To our team's credit we started using our heads and started being a little more aggressive and were able to put pressure on them and worked our way back into matches."
USC Upstate (1-8, 0-2 BSC) came out strong for the second consecutive match in doubles competition. The Spartans took victories at the No.2 and No.3 doubles positions and came up short in the No.1 doubles flight. The Spartans headed into the singles portion of the competition leading 1-0 over Campbell (6-6, 1-0 BSC).
However, in singles action the Spartans momentum took a turn for the worse as they lost the first set on every court. Maria Jardim, Elin Hellberg and Gabriela Cevallos all lost in straight sets at their respective flights. Ana Boza and Victoria Saldh both battled back to force a third set but came up short in the final stanza. Senior Noelia Acuna won the final two sets 6-4, 6-4 to pick up the lone Spartans win at the No. 3 singles flight. Acuna snapped a five game losing skid with the singles victory.
"Even though we did a nice job fighting back and had chances to win this match, we simply can't put ourselves in a hole like that against a good team." McLane responded, "I told them the good news is we didn't play that well but we still had a legit look at getting a win, and that's something we can build from."
USC Upstate will be back in action against Gardner-Webb on Wednesday afternoon at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
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