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Jan. 24, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - With a revamped lineup after a third-place finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2009, the USC Upstate women's tennis team will open its 2010 season by facing Presbyterian at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex on Monday at 2 p.m. The Spartans will likely insert three freshmen into the starting lineup, in Colombian Monica Pezzotti and Chileans Simona Cacciuttolo and Francisca Valderrama, all of whom earned junior rankings amongst the top 1,200 in the world. The Spartans also return junior Emilia Milovanovic, who finished the fall 8-2 in singles play, and two All-A-Sun Second Team selections in Cinthya Lazaro and sophomore Ana-Sofia Camberos.
2009 Last Match Recap
The team has a 3-1 record in the D-I era against Big South teams, beating Presbyterian twice and Charleston Southern once. The team also fell to Winthrop in 2008.
The Spartans have won five straight matches against the Blue Hose, dropping just five points in those matches. The last time the Blue Hose beat Upstate was on March 12, 2004, when they posted a narrow 5-4 win. Upstate leads the all-time series, 7-6.
With her last win at the Wofford Fall Challenge, Cinthya Lazaro became the 19th player in school history to reach 25 singles wins.
Junior Emilia Milovanovic is three doubles wins away from becoming the sixth player in school history to reach 50 in a career.
Junior Emilia Milovanovic enters the year looking to move up the career charts in singles, doubles and combined wins. Currently, she is 10th in singles wins with 38, just nine wins from the top 10. In doubles play, Milovanovic's 47 wins is tied for sixth and she is 10th with 83 combined wins.
Sophomores Ana-Sofia Camberos and Cinthya Lazaro and junior Emilia Milovanovic were all members of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Camberos and Lazaro earned the honors in 2009 and Milovanovic earned it in 2008.
Freshman Monica Pezzotti enters USC Upstate after one of the most prestigious prep careers ever for an Upstate player. At one point, Pezzotti was ranked as high as 178th on the ITF Juniors Tour.