SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011
Men's tennis falls to Upstate, 6-1
The JU men's tennis team fell 6-1 to USC Upstate in Atlantic Sun Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Upstate Tennis Complex.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 7-10 overall and 3-2 in A-Sun play, while Jacksonville dips to 2-8 overall and 0-3 in the A-Sun.

Upstate started the match by claiming the doubles point with a pair of victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. At the No. 1 position, reigning A-Sun Player of the Week Ramiro Blanco teamed with Matias Di Pasquale to come up with an 8-5 win.

Jacksonville's Fernando Bano Lopez and Lance Lvovsky were able to overcome Gianluca Paino and Marco Linconir, 8-4, at the No.3 flight.

Upstate's Edgar Rodriguez, who continues to nurse a shin injury and a sprained ankle suffered a couple of weeks ago in a match at South Carolina, combined with Gonzalo Blanco at the No. 2 position to claim an 8-4 win over Jacksonville's Larry Condez and Jose Fantova.

Rodriguez would later be forced to retire as a result of his injury for the second straight day at the No. 1 singles position. Rodriguez was locked in a 5-5 first-set thriller with Jacksonville's Fantova, before being forced to retire.

In other singles play, Ramiro Blanco was forced into a tiebreaker at the No. 2 position by JU's Fernando Bano-Lopez. Lopez claimed the first set against Blanco, claiming a 6-2 result. However, Blanco responded strong in the second set, blanking Bano Lopez, 6-0 and won the tiebreaker in resounding fashion, 10-3. Upstate also got a hard-fought win at the No. 3 position, as Di Pasquale was able to fend off Condez, 7-5, 6-3.

The Spartans shut the door on the Dolphins with victories at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions.