Upstate Tabbed Tied for Fifth in ASUN Men’s Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll

Upstate Tabbed Tied for Fifth in ASUN Men’s Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll

LakePoint, Ga. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team has been picked to finish in a tie for fifth place according to the league's head coaches as the ASUN announced the Preseason Men's Tennis Coaches Poll this afternoon.

Upstate earned 18 points in the preseason poll and is tied for fifth place along with Kennesaw State. The Spartans finished last season 6-16 overall and 2-4 in the conference while advancing to the ASUN Men's Tennis Championship and was the tournament's fifth seed.

Upstate returns six letterwinners from last year's team in Ankush Arora, Fernando Bernardes, Felix Ewers, Ignacio Garrido, Francisco Neto and Samuel Schiano. Garrido led the Spartans last season in singles play after going 12-9 overall playing primarily at the No. 5 position. Garrido also teamed up with Bernardes in doubles play to go 10-9 on the season highlighted by a perfect 4-0 record at No. 2 doubles.

Ewers, Bernardes and Neto all received postseason recognition from the ASUN in 2017. Ewers was a Second Team All-Conference selection at the No. 1 singles position while Bernardes and Neto were both recognized on the All-Freshman Team.

Florida Gulf Coast has been picked to win the league this season after compiling 43 points and three first-place votes. A total of three points separate spots one through three in the poll as Stetson is tabbed second (42 points) and North Florida third (40 points) after both teams received two first-place votes apiece. Lipscomb is fourth with 24 points and NJIT rounds out the preseason poll in seventh place with 11 points.

Upstate begins its season on Friday, January 26 at 12 p.m. when it hosts Eastern Washington at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

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