SPARTANBURG, S.C. – USC Upstate earned a crucial point in doubles competition en route to a 4-3 victory over the UNC Asheville men’s tennis team on Tuesday afternoon at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
The two teams split the singles matches, with the Spartans earning two victories in doubles competition to claim the point.
“We didn't play our best doubles by a long shot, but I was very pleased with how the guys responded in the singles,” said Asheville head coach Tom Hand. “Daniel (Kripak) has been playing well lately at No. 1 singles, and is really starting to see the results of everything we have been working on.”
Kripak defeated Upstate’s Ramon Simonettie 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, with fellow Bulldog Thomas Orestis-Panoulas earning a 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 victory in the No. 2 match. The Spartans’ Gonzalo Blanco earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Alex Crocker in No. 3 singles while Jamie Yates of Upstate defeated Brett Landau 6-4, 7-5 in No. 4 competition.
No. 5 singles saw Rajanvir Dharni defeated Asheville’s John Schubul 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5 singles before Josh Swindler was able to earn a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Upstate’s Carlos Tajes.
In doubles competition the Bulldog squad of Crocker and Landau earned an 8-3 win over Yvon Haessig and Ramon Simonetti before Upstate’s Gonzalo Blanco and Matthias Kidler won an 8-2 decision over Kripak and Schubel. Dharni and Yates outlasted Asheville’s Orestis-Panoulas and Swindler 8-6 to help give Upstate the doubles point and eventually the overall win.