USC Upstate Takes 5-2 Win Over Gardner-Webb Tuesday In Men's Tennis Battle

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Gardner-Webb picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 6 singles Tuesday afternoon, but fell to USC Upstate, 5-2, in non-conference men's tennis action.

The Spartans (3-5) took the doubles point on the strength of wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Gardner-Webb's Ross Gilbert and Breno Plentz rolled to a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles to start the day's competition, but Fernando Bernardes and Ignacio Garrido outlasted Paul Hogan and Stefano Puga at No. 1 doubles by a 6-4 score to even things.

The team of Felix Ewers and Francisco Neto topped Maximilian Scholl and Michael Perry in a tight match at No. 3 doubles, with the Upstate pair winning 7-6 (5-0).

The Spartans won at No. 2 and No. 4 singles to start that segment of the match, taking a 3-0 team lead quickly.

Gilbert halted the run, taking a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over Tomas Venere, but Upstate sealed the team victory with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win by Garrido over Plentz at No. 5 singles.

Scholl fought hard for a win at No. 1 singles, winning the first set by a 6-3 score – then outlasting Ewers by a 7-6 (1-0) margin.

The Spartans took a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-5 win in a lengthy No. 3 singles bout between Bernardes and Hogan to finish the day's action.

"We had match points to win the doubles point and we are getting better each time out," said head coach Mike Griffith. "We are ready for our next home match on Saturday against Charlotte and then we will turn our focus to some really big Big South Conference matchups."

Gardner-Webb hosts the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday at 1:00 pm in Boiling Springs.