Feb. 18, 2008
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - With both the men's and women's tennis teams at USC Upstate riding winning streaks, the squads will look to continue their winning ways this week, with the men looking for their fourth straight win on Wednesday when the Southern Conference's Appalachian State visits and the women looking for their fifth straight win when Georgia Southern comes to the USC Upstate Tennis Complex on Sunday.
USC Upstate's men's tennis team has won three straight matches, taking out Wofford, S.C. State and Presbyterian during the run. Appalachian State enters the match at 2-1 after 7-0 wins over Liberty and Winston-Salem State. ASU fell 6-1 to South Carolina in the season opener.
USC Upstate's women's team looks for its fifth straight win, having posted wins over North Carolina A&T, Wofford, South Carolina State and Presbyterian during their winning streak. Georgia Southern enters the match at 2-3, having posted back-to-back 7-0 wins over Atlantic Sun Conference teams Kennesaw State and Mercer.
Sneaking Up On Stefan
Senior Diana Martinez enters the week two wins shy of the Upstate tennis school record for combined wins, where she will tie Stefan Dumitrescu, a two-time Division II All-American for the men's program who posted a 119-32 overall record. Martinez posted a doubles win on Friday against Presbyterian to give her a 56-25 career doubles record to go along with her 61-19 career singles record for a 117-44 overall record. Martinez already holds the Upstate tennis record for singles wins.
Junior Sandy Franz enters this week's match with Appalachian State one win shy of 40 singles wins in his career. Franz would be the 11th player in the men's program's history to reach the mark, joining current teammate senior Sebastian Gonzales-Orbegoso in the club. Franz, who is ranked 96th in the current ITA singles rankings, has posted a 39-14 career record and is 14-5 this season, having played No. 1 singles for the team.
Going Over The Hill Together
Both juniors Anna Novo and Daniela Lovera posted their 40th career doubles win on Friday afternoon against Presbyterian. Novo, who also became the seventh player in school history to reach 90 combined wins with her 8-3 win over Abby Diminich and Virginia Waldron at No. 1 doubles with freshman partner Emilia Milovanovic, added her 51st career singles win later in the match to move into a tie for third in school history in singles wins. Lovera, who was injured during the first semester, posted her 40th career doubles win with senior partner Susana Hernandez, as they posted an 8-2 win over Kari Fuller and Brittany Lanford. The duo are two of the nine players in school history with 40 doubles wins, along with seniors Diana Martinez (56), Hernandez (54) and junior Maria Herrera (43).
Another Round Number
Senior Sebastian Gonzales-Orbegoso became the fourth player in the men's program's history to reach 50 career doubles wins, when he and junior partner Leandro Osorio, posted an 8-5 win over Presbyterian's Matthew Martin and Andrew Lee at No. 1 on Friday. Gonzales-Orbegoso joined three former Division II All-Americans in the 50 doubles wins club in Diego Sist (2002-06, 50), Jose Luis Reyes (2001-05, 63) and Stefan Dumitrescu (2003-07, 71). With 45 singles wins in his career, Gonzales-Orbegoso is tied for sixth in school history.
Franz Earns Spartans First DI Ranking
Thanks to two wins over ranked players in the fall, junior Sandy Franz has earned USC Upstate's first individual ranking as a Division I program, as he is currently 96th in the ITA Singles Rankings. Paced by a tremendous fall, Franz finds himself in the ITA rankings after winning tournament titles at the USC Upstate Fall Invitational and the USC Fall Invitational, compiling an 11-2 singles mark. He posted a three-set win against Florida's 91st-ranked Nestor Briceno, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, at the Southern Intercollegiates. In another meeting against a ranked opponent, Franz downed Charlotte's 62nd-ranked Roy Sichel in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Head coach Alessandro De Marzo became the third coach in school history to reach 100 career wins with the women's teams win at Wofford on Feb. 7, joining Alan Ferguson (1988-97) and Tami Matheny (1998-2004) in the club. DeMarzo has helped USC Upstate rise to sights unseen, as he led the Spartan men to the 2007 NCAA Division II quarterfinals and took the women's team to the 2007 NCAA Division II Nationals for the first time in school history. DeMarzo has a 55-21 career record with the men's team and a 50-22 record in four years as the women's coach.