USC Upstate Suffers 4-1 Setback to Troy

USC Upstate Suffers 4-1 Setback to Troy

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's tennis team went back-and-forth with the Troy Trojans on Monday afternoon but the Spartans would come up short in a 4-1 loss in non-conference play at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

USC Upstate falls to 3-10 on the season while Troy improves to 6-8 overall. The Spartans were originally scheduled to face Limestone at 6 p.m. but was canceled and will be made up at a later date.

All three doubles matches were decided by three games or less with the Trojans winning at No. 1 and No. 2 to take a 1-0 lead. In the No. 3 match, Luka Eble and Felix Ewers won their team-leading fifth match of the season after defeating Pelayo Antuna and Jiaqi Duan 6-3.

Troy started singles play by winning at No. 2 and No. 3 to increase its lead to 3-0.

Ankush Arora got the Spartans on the board in his No. 5 match topping Mustapha Belcora in straight sets 7-6(2), 6-1.

The Trojans captured the match at No. 4 after Amer Bedwan had to go three sets against Eble. Ewers and Ignacio Garrido also sent their No. 1 and No. 6 matches, respectively, into the third set. Ewers was leading in his No. 1 match versus Oskar Michalek 6-2, 4-6, 4-1 before going unfinished.

"Even though we didn't pull it out today, we're pretty pleased with the way we fought to get back into the match and we were a couple of points from turning things around and getting a good win against a good Troy team. Our goal going forward is to make sure that we start our singles and doubles matches with the same level of intensity that we finish with. If we can take care of that the results will start going our way." – Tim McLane, assistant coach

USC Upstate travels to Furman on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. match against the Paladins.

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