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Alessandro De Marzo
Player Profile
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Alessandro De Marzo is in his fourth season as the head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at USC Upstate and his seventh overall. He served as an assistant coach in 2004 after being a student assistant coach in 2003. In three seasons at the helm of the men's and women's programs, De Marzo has won 97 matches and led both teams to NCAA Tournament appearances in all three years. He became the first tennis coach in school history to take both the men's and women's teams to the NCAA Nationals in the same season in 2007. The Spartans finished 2007 ranked No. 5 in men and No. 7 in women in the final ITA Top 40 poll. He coached three All-American selections. In 2006, he led the women's team to a second round appearacne in the NCAA Regionals while coaching the Peach Belt Conference and Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year in Anna Novo. On the men's side, the Spartans advanced to the NCAA Nationals for the first time since 2004 beofre losing to eventual national champion Valdosta State. The women's team finished with a No. 8 final national ranking and the men's team was 11th in the final Top 25 poll. In his first year at the helm of the tennis programs, De Marzo led the men's team to a No. 11 final ranking, an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and a co-championship during the regular season in the Peach Belt Conference. On the women's side, the Spartans claimed a No. 14 final national ranking, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons, and finished in a tie for second in the Peach Belt Conference. De Marzo helped coach the 2004 men's team to a 20-5 record and a final No. 7 national ranking. USC Upstate advanced to the NCAA Division II Nationals in Altamonte Springs, FL, after winning the South Atlantic Sub-Regional hosted at USC Upstate. He served as a student assistant coach in 2003, helping the men's team to a 20-2 record, a share of the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship, and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also aided the women's team in earning its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. De Marzo is a native of Lima, Peru. He played his final three years of college tennis for USC Upstate after transferring in from Division I Norfolk State. De Marzo was one of the core group of players that led the resurgence in the men's tennis program. While at USC Upstate he played in the top 1-2 spots in singles and is considered the top doubles player to come out of USC Upstate in the Tami Matheny era. He led the Spartans in career doubles victories in his three years and even finished his career with a Top 15 doubles ranking. As the team captain his senior year, De Marzo led the team to its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. In junior tennis, De Marzo was ranked as high as No. 8 in all of South America on the COSAT South American Junior's Tour. He also competed in the prestigious Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr Tournaments all through juniors with wins over several nationally-ranked players.

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