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April 7, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Sophomore Edgar Rodriguez helped the USC Upstate men's tennis team add one more record to its already lengthy season resume, as the Colombian became the school-record and Atlantic Sun Conference-tying record fifth player to earn A-Sun Player of the Week, the league office in Macon, Ga., announced on Wednesday.
Rodriguez joined senior Javier Tori, who earned the award three times this season, and sophomore Ramiro Blanco also took the award on March 31. The five player of the week awards bests the four the team earned in 2009 in the A-Sun and the four earned in the Peach Belt Conference in 2003. It tied the conference record of five set by ETSU in 2007.
Rodriguez led Upstate through a treacherous week to wrap up the Spartans' first Atlantic Sun Title in any sport by going 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles play.
Rodriguez posted three doubles wins with partner Ramiro Blanco at No. 3, including a dramatic 9-7 win against Stetson's doubles pair of Mark Mestan and Njal Stene to clinch the point for USC Upstate. He followed that by adding another dramatic win in three sets versus Maksim Levanovich, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, at No. 1 singles to give USC Upstate a 3-1 lead in the match and move momentum into the Spartans' favor in the match against the regionally-ranked Hatters.
Rodriguez also added a 6-3, 6-3 win against Thibaud Aime of FGCU, a 2009 All-A-Sun Second Team selection, Saturday and then notched a huge 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory versus Campbell's regionally-ranked Davy Sum Tuesday to improve his A-Sun record to 8-1 overall, with all his matches at No. 1 singles.
The Spartans finished the 2009 season with an 18-5 overall record and a 10-0 mark in the A-Sun, becoming the first regular season champion in school history that wasn't ETSU.