UNC Wilmington jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held on for a 4-3 victory over the USC Upstate men’s tennis team Friday from the UNCW Tennis Complex.
UNC Wilmington won all three doubles matches and claimed the point to build an early 1-0 lead. Xander Veys and Taylor Cramer clinched the point at No. 3 with a 6-1 win over Rajanvir Dharni and Matt Bennion.
Javier Restrepo put the Seahawks ahead 2-0 when he turned in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ignacio Garrido at the No. 6 position. Spartan junior Ramon Simonetti cut the deficit in half and secured a point for Upstate with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Christian Van der Burgh at No. 1.
Jamie Yates pulled Upstate even, 2-2, with UNC Wilmington following his 6-2, 6-3 win over Veys at No. 3, but Andres Torres regained the lead for the Seahawks after he downed John Giakoumakis 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 at No. 5.
Zach Hublitz sealed the win for UNC Wilmington at No. 4 with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Dharni. Spartan senior Viktor Selander posted his first win of the season in the final match of the day after defeating Santtu Leskinen 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.
Upstate puts the finishing touches on the weekend Saturday at noon when the Spartans travel to Conway, S.C., to face Coastal Carolina.