SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Friday marks the beginning of the 2016 Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis Championship in Spartanburg, S.C. on the campus of USC Upstate. No. 4 USC Upstate faces No. 5 Lipscomb at 9:00 a.m. ET and No. 3 Stetson takes on No. 6 Kennesaw State at 11:30 a.m. ET.
No. 4 USC Upstate vs. No. 5 Lipscomb - Friday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Last Meeting: April 7; Nashville, Tenn. - USC Upstate 6, Lipscomb 1
A-Sun Championship Look Ahead: The winner of this match moves on to play No. 1 FGCU in the semifinals.
No. 4 USC Upstate Spartans (7-13; 3-3) - Follow @UpstateTennis
Last Three Results: W, 6-1 at Lipscomb (4/7); W, 5-2 vs. Kennesaw State (4/10); L, 5-2 at NJIT (4/16)
- In 2015, USC Upstate won its first round match vs. Northern Kentucky by a score of 4-0.
- Jamie Yates leads the Spartans with 12 singles victories this season. The senior owns eight wins on court three.
- Ramon Simonetti is 7-3 in his last 10 matches and earned a spot on the First Team All-Conference.
- Freshman Akush Arora partnered with Simonetti on court one in doubles with a 2-1 record on court one.
- Ignacio Garrido finished with four wins in A-Sun play on the singles court, second behind Simonetti and Yates' five.
- In A-Sun matches, USC Upstate is 29-17 in singles play.
Player To Watch: Simonetti - 8-6 in 2016, 5-1 vs. A-Sun, All-Conference First-Team member
No. 5 Lipscomb (8-12; 2-4) - Follow @LipscombMTen
Last Three Results: W, 5-2 vs. NJIT (4/9); W, 4-3 at Kennesaw State (4/16); L, 4-0 vs. #45 Vanderbilt (4/17)
- The Bisons are in the A-Sun Championship for the first season since 2013.
- Lipscomb won its last First Round match in 2013, defeating Stetson by a score of 4-0.
- Rob Mitchell and Alejandro Manzanares both own 10 wins this season on the singles court.
- In conference play, Manzanares boasted the best record in singles for the Bisons, going 3-3 on court two.
- Daniel Cardenas has won his past three matches on the singles court, Lipscomb's best streak.
- Rob Mitchell and John Tougher recorded a 4-0 record together in doubles, winning both of their matches in A-Sun play.
Player To Watch: Manzanares - 10-8 in 2016, 3-3 in A-Sun, All-Conference Second Team member
No. 3 Stetson vs. No. 6 Kennesaw State - Friday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET
Last Meeting: March 31; DeLand, Fla. - Stetson 4, Kennesaw State 3
A-Sun Championship Look Ahead: The winner of this match moves on to play No. 2 North Florida in the semifinals.
No. 3 Stetson Hatters (11-10; 4-2) - Follow @StetsonTennis
Last Three Results: W, 6-1 vs. Lipscomb (4/2); L, 4-3 at FGCU (4/9); L, 5-2 vs. North Florida (4/16)
- Stetson has won its past two First Round matches in the A-Sun Championship. The Hatters defeated Kennesaw State 4-3 in 2015.
- Junior Graham Ball leads the Hatters with 12 singles victories this season while sophomore Loic Blanco is right behind with 11.
- Blanco was the lone Stetson member on the All-Conference First Team after going 4-2 in A-Sun play at No. 1 singles.
- Ball finished a perfect 6-0 against A-Sun opponents, competing at the four spot for the Hatters.
- Laurynas Antropikas and Loic Blanco led the Hatters in doubles, amassing a 3-2 record in A-Sun action.
- Stetson finished 21-15 in singles play against league opponents this season.
Player To Watch: Ball - 12-6 in 2016, 6-0 in A-Sun, All-Conference Second Team member
No. 6 Kennesaw State Owls (9-9; 1-5) Follow @KSUMensTennis
Last Three Results: W, 6-1 vs. NJIT (4/7); L, 5-2 at USC Upstate (4/10); L, 4-3 vs. Lipscomb (4/16)
- The Owls are searching for their first A-Sun Championship victory in program history, making their first appearance in 2015 and losing 4-3 to Stetson.
- Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year Simon Pritchard is tied for the team lead in singles wins this season with 10. Drew Wendel also boasts 10.
- Pritchard finished 4-2 against A-Sun Singles opponents, all at the number one spot.
- Sam Slade made the Second Team All-Conference compiling a 4-1 record against A-Sun Teams at the No. 6 spot.
- Manuel Castellanos and Pritchard dominated on the doubles court, boasting a 10-0 record and a perfect 6-0 mark vs. A-Sun teams.
- Castellanos finished with a 12-1 record in doubles, staying undefeated on courts one and two.
Player To Watch: Pritchard - 10-7 in 2016, 4-2 in A-Sun, All-Conference First Team member
No. 1 FGCU and No. 2 North Florida - First Round Byes
A-Sun Championship Look Ahead: North Florida awaits the winner of No. 3 Stetson and No. 6 Kennesaw State, while FGCU awaits the winner of No. 4 USC Upstate and No. 5 Lipscomb.
No. 1 FGCU Eagles (16-5; 6-0) - Follow @FGCU_MTEN
Last Three Results: W, 6-1 vs. USC Upstate (4/3); W, 4-3 at #71 North Florida (4/7); W, 4-3 vs. Stetson (4/9)
- The Eagles completed their second-straight undefeated regular season in A-Sun play, clinching the title in a 4-3 match vs. Stetson on April 9.
- FGCU has won 14 straight matches vs. A-Sun competition dating back to last season. The Eagles won the 2015 title with a 4-3 win in the final vs. No. 2 North Florida.
- A-Sun Freshman of the Year Javier Fernandez led the Eagles with 14 singles victories this season. The Spaniard finished 6-0 in A-Sun play.
- First Team All-Conference member and Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year Andres Alfonzo finished 13-6 in singles action this season, while his older brother Eduardo was 10-9.
- Lucas Vaz and Ricky Ventura are 10-6 in doubles play, with six wins on court two.
- The Eagles are 23-13 in singles play against A-Sun competition this season.
Player To Watch: Javier Fernandez - 14-6 in 2016, 6-0 in A-Sun, A-Sun Freshman of the Year, seven-match win streak
No. 2 North Florida Ospreys (9-11; 4-2) - Follow @OspreyMTEN
Last Three Results: W, 6-1 vs. NJIT (4/3); L, 4-3 vs. FGCU (4/7); W, 5-2 at Stetson (4/16)
- The Ospreys have made it to the A-Sun Championship Final in each of the past four seasons and are searching for their first tournament title.
- Despite early season injuries, junior and A-Sun Player of the Year Jack Findel-Hawkins finished the season strong, boasting an 8-5 singles record on the year all at the No. 1 spot.
- Sophomore Lasse Muscheites has emerged as a star for UNF, finishing the year undefeated at the No. 2 slot at 9-0 and earning unanimous A-Sun First Team All-Conference honors.
- Muscheites paired with Zach Goldberg on the doubles court, owning a record of 9-3 on the season.
- All-Freshman Team pick Sahil Deshmukh finished 5-1 against A-Sun opponents this season.
- The Ospreys finished 24-12 on singles courts in A-Sun play.
Player To Watch: Lasse Muscheites - 13-7 in 2016, 6-0 in A-Sun, First Team All-Conference