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March 14, 2009
MACON, Ga. - Senior Anna Novo became the first tennis player in school history to post three straight 20-singles-win seasons as she helped pace the USC Upstate women's tennis team to its 14th straight Atlantic Sun Conference win with a 5-2 triumph over Mercer on the road on Saturday at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center.
Novo, who is now 20-4 overall and a perfect 10-0 in dual meet play, posted her historic win with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Jennifer Lada at No. 1 singles. Novo posted 29 wins as a junior and 22 as a sophomore and she currently has a school-record 84 career wins.
The Spartans (8-2 overall, 3-0 A-Sun) were able to build a 3-0 lead with Novo's win, a 6-1, 6-1 win by freshman Cinthya Lazaro over Irys Citko at No. 5 and a 6-1, 6-3 win by senior Daniela Lovera over Priscilla Dias at No. 4. A retirement at No. 3 singles and a three-set loss at No. 2 helped close the lead to a single point, but freshman Ana-Sofia Camberos clinched the win with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 6 over Stephanie Cohen.
Upstate wrapped up the day by winning two doubles matches to take the point before rain halted the final match. At No. 2, junior Carolina Bello and Lazaro posted an 8-3 win over Dias and Lada and at No. 3, Lovera and Camberos added an 8-3 win over Angelina Herman and Cohen.
Lovera's doubles win was the 60th of her career, becoming just the fourth player in school history to reach the mark, joining Novo and former teammates Diana Martinez and Susana Hernandez, who both graduated in 2008, in the club.
The Spartans wrap up the weekend road swing with a 10 a.m. Sunday match against Kennesaw State.