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Feb. 11, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Junior Arnaldo Lovera won both his singles matches this weekend, helping the USC Upstate men's tennis team to two wins and helping him earn his first Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week award, the conference office in Macon, Ga., announced on Wednesday. The A-Sun Player of the Week honors is the second straight for the Spartans' men's team, as junior Jack Roux earned his first career weekly honors on Feb. 4.
Lovera has now pulled even with his sister, Daniela Lovera, a senior on the women's team, in the number of weekly honors they have received from the A-Sun. Daniela won the women's tennis player of the week on April 4, 2008.
After not playing in a 5-2 loss to Yale, Lovera made an immediate impact on his reentry to the Spartan singles' lineup. He gutted out two three-set wins, helping the Spartans to wins over Stony Brook and Georgetown.
He lifted the team to a 6-0 win over Stony Brook, winning a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, match over Youssef Fassi-Fehri at No. 5 singles and added another come-from-behind 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Adam Gross at No. 4 singles against Georgetown.
In the midst of a spectacular season, Lovera improved to 12-1 on the season with the wins. He won the ETSU Fall Challenge and finished second, despite a perfect 3-0 record at the Elon Invitational. He also earned improved to 45-14 all-time in singles play, moving past current student assistant Sandy Franz into ninth on Upstate's all-time wins chart, just 12 from the school record.
Since joining the A-Sun in 2008, the Spartans have had four different A-Sun Players of the Week, with Sebastian Gonzales-Orbegoso '08 and junior Javier Tori earning the award in 2008. This season, both Roux and Lovera won the award.
The Spartans (4-2 overall) get back into action on Saturday as they travel to Davidson for a 10 a.m. match. The Wildcats defeated the Spartans, 4-3, in 2008.