Spartans Continue Road Trip Friday at Winthrop

February 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Facing its second consecutive Big South Conference opponent, the USC Upstate men’s tennis team continues a six-match road trip Friday at 3 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop from Memorial Courts.

Spartan senior Viktor Selander leads the team with a 2-2 overall singles record and has won his last two matches. Last weekend, Selander lost the first set to Santtu Leskinen of UNC Wilmington, but responded by winning the final two sets to claim a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 victory. Selander went on to defeat Garik Yedigarian of Coastal Carolina in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, the following day from the No. 2 position.

Selander is also 1-2 in doubles action playing alongside freshman John Giakoumakis. The duo opened the year with a 6-2 win over Korhan Ates and Benjamin Kazsas of Gardner-Webb.

“We’re looking forward to a rematch with Winthrop after losing a close 4-3 match two years ago,” Upstate head coach Oliver Trittenwein said. “Winthrop won its conference last year and has a very competitive team, so we will have to be ready to play if we hope to beat a team we consider an in-state rival. I feel that our team is ready for the challenge based on how many quality opponents we’ve already faced this season.”

Winthrop opened its season with a 7-0 loss at No. 23 Clemson before downing Wofford 4-3 to improve to 1-1 overall. The Eagles went 16-9 last season and 6-2 inside the Big South en route to winning the conference tournament and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.