Spartans Close Regular Season with ETSU, Kennesaw State

April 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

The USC Upstate women’s tennis team puts the finishing touches on the regular season this weekend when the Spartans host ETSU Friday at 1 p.m. and Kennesaw State Saturday at 2 p.m. on Senior Day from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

Upstate enters the week coming off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory Saturday at Northern Kentucky to catapult the Spartans into fifth place in the league standings. Upstate is guaranteed a spot in the upcoming Atlantic Sun Championships with a win Saturday over Kennesaw State.

“The victory over Northern Kentucky gave us a huge boost as we head into the final weekend of the season,” USC Upstate head coach Oliver Trittenwein said. “I expect us to have a lot of momentum when we face Kennesaw State, and hopefully we will be able to join our men with a berth in the conference tournament.”

Spartan senior Isabel von Stryk leads Upstate with a 14-4 overall singles record and has won her last five matches. The Holm, Germany, native is tied for the most wins in the conference and boasts the ninth-best winning percentage (.778) in the league.

“I expect our team to be extremely motivated to help Isabel cap a wonderful four years with a victory and a spot in the A-Sun Championships,” Trittenwein added. “Isabel has been our top player since her freshman year and we are excited to honor her accomplishments on Senior Day.”

ETSU has won four of its last six matches and owns a 10-5 overall record. The Buccaneers, however, arrive in Spartanburg having lost their last two matches.

Kennesaw State snapped a seven-match losing streak Tuesday with its 4-3 win over in-state rival and former A-Sun member Mercer. The Owls are 2-13 overall and 0-5 in league play and currently sit in seventh place in the A-Sun standings.

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