SPARTANBURG, S.C. - No. 4 USC Upstate grabbed the early 1-0 lead winning two of three doubles matches and followed up with three singles victories to capture a 4-1 victory over No. 5 Lipscomb in the First Round of the Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis Championship.
Ignacio Garrido and Matt Bennion coasted to a 6-1 win on court three, before the Bisons responded with a 6-3 victory of their own on court two from John Tougher and Rob Mitchell. The doubles point came down to court one, where Ramon Simonetti and Ankush Arora upended Philippe Courteau and Alejandro Manzares to grab the early lead.
The Spartans would continue their momentum in singles action, winning five of the six first sets. The court in which they lost however, would be the first to finish, as Manzares dominated Arora on court two, tying the match at one-all for Lipscomb 6-2, 6-2.
Raj Dharni retook the lead for USC Upstate, defeating Lipscomb's Kauai Linardi on court six by a tally of 6-4, 6-0, and the floodgates opened for the home squad, as the final two matches finished within seconds of each other. Simonetti soared to a 6-0 first set win over Lipscomb's Mitchell before falling behind in the second, and eventually winning 6-4.
The Spartans captured the victory with 6-3, 6-3 win from All-Freshman Team selection Lenhard Haupt on court four, sending USC Upstate to the semifinal round.
With the loss, Lipscomb ends its season at 8-13 with two wins in conference action. Manzanares finishes his sophomore campaign with 11 victories on the singles courts.
USC Upstate improves its record to 8-13 on the year and will face the No. 1 seed FGCU Eagles tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
A-Sun Championship First Round Results
No. 4 USC Upstate vs. No. 5 Lipscomb
Apr 22, 2015 at Spartanburg, S.C.
(USC Upstate Tennis Complex)
No. 4 USC Upstate 4, No. 5 Lipscomb 1
1. Ramon Simonetti (UPST) def. Rob Mitchell (LIP) 6-0, 6-4
2. Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) def. Ankush Arora (UPST) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jamie Yates (UPST) vs. Philippe Courteau (LIP) 6-3, 2-5 DNF
4. Lenhard Haupt (UPST) def. Daniel Cardenas (LIP) 6-3, 6-3
5. Ignacio Garrido (UPST) vs. John Tougher 6-4, 3-3 DNF
6. Rajanvir Dharni (UPST) def. Kauai Linardi (LIP) 6-4, 6-0
1. Ramon Simonetti/Ankush Arora (UPST) def. Philippe Courteau/Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) 6-2
2. John Tougher/Rob Mitchell (LIP) def. Jamie Yates/Raj Dharni (UPST) 6-3
3. Ignacio Garrido/Matt Bennion (UPST) def. Daniel Cardenas/Thais Minet (LIP) 6-1
No. 4 USC Upstate 8-13 (3-3)
No. 5 Lipscomb 8-13 (2-4)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,1,4)