Spartans Host Saturday Doubleheader

February 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

The USC Upstate men’s tennis team returns home from a six-match road trip to host Chattanooga Saturday at 10 a.m. and Georgia State at 3 p.m. from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

Spartan senior Viktor Selander and junior Ramon Simonetti enter the weekend tied with a team-leading three singles victories. Simonetti, who is playing primarily from the No. 1 position, has won two of his last three matches.

Freshmen Felix Ewers and Matt Bennion boast a perfect 2-0 record when playing alongside each other in doubles action. The duo has already registered road wins against competition from Winthrop (Feb. 6) and Davidson (Feb. 21).

“We are down to our last seven non-conference matches before we jump into Atlantic Sun competition,” USC Upstate head coach Oliver Trittenwein said. “Chattanooga and Georgia State are both very good opponents that play at a very high level. I am confident that we can put ourselves in good positions to win both matches, as we have been tweaking players and their positions to see what lineup gives us the best chance to win.”

Chattanooga snapped a three-match losing streak Feb. 21 when it posted a 5-2 victory over North Alabama to improve to 2-8 overall. Junior Gino Delavalle leads the Mocs with a 5-5 record in singles play.

Georgia State fell to 3-6 overall following its 5-2 loss Feb. 21 to George Washington. Sophomore Zack Kennedy paces the Panthers with a 5-4 record playing primarily at the No. 2 position.