RADFORD, VA. – The USC Upstate women's tennis team gave it their all on Wednesday morning as they tried to knock off the top team in the Big South, but it was not enough as Winthrop pulled away with a 4-0 win in the Quarterfinals round of the Big South Championship.
"Nobody wants to end the season on a losing note, but I'm proud of the way this team came back today and tried our best to take the fight to Winthrop." USC Upstate head tennis coach Tim McLane said. "I told the team that I'm proud of them for the way they never quit this year, and for the things they've accomplished this season. I'm honored to have been able to coach this group of ladies this year and I truly enjoyed getting to work with them day in and day out."
In doubles action Winthrop jumped out to early leads on all three courts but the Spartans began to battle back on court No. 2. The Eagles took the top doubles court with a 6-0 win over Maria Jardim and Vale Zarama, then Winthrop won the doubles point with a 6-1 victory at the No. 3 doubles court.
In singles play the Spartans fought hard and made the Eagles earn every point. Victoria Saldh fell at the No.1 singles flight to Lauren Proctor 6-1, 6-2 to give Winthrop a 2-0 advantage. Tayla Van Eck defeated Vale Zarama 6-1, 6-0, setting the Eagles up for match point. Maria Jardim lost at the No. 4 singles flight 6-2, 6-1, allowing Winthrop to pick up the fourth and decisive point.
The USC Upstate women's tennis team will now set their sights on summer workouts and preparing for the 2019 fall season.
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