Elon Men’s Tennis Takes Down USC Upstate 5-1 in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Elon University men’s tennis team earned a hard-fought 5-1 victory on Saturday afternoon against USC Upstate at the Starmount Country Club.

Chris Humphreys clinched the victory for the Phoenix with a win at No. 5 singles. The Phoenix moves above .500 with the victory improving to 4-3 overall. The match only featured singles play and doubles wasn’t necessary after Elon clinched the victory.

Mario Paccini earned his third singles victory of the season with a 7-6 (10-3), 7-6 (10-4) victory at No. 1 singles to give the Phoenix a 1-0 lead in the match. Lenhard Haupt responded earning the Spartan’s lone point in the match with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win at the No. 2 position.

Salvador Mijares answered, rallying for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles to give Elon a 2-1 lead. Robert Lindgren got the Phoenix within clinching distance in the match, 3-1, with a 7-6 (10-1), 2-6, 6-4 victory at the third position.

Humphreys then clinched the victory with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No 5 singles to give the Phoenix a 4-1 lead. Charlie Sullivan finished his match on the sixth court with a 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10) win to complete Elon’s 5-1 victory.

Up Next
The Phoenix returns home to the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 21, against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs for a 2 p.m. matchup.

Tennis Match Results
USC Upstate vs Elon
Feb 13, 2016 at Greensboro, N.C.
(Starmount Country Club)
Elon 5, USC Upstate 1

Singles competition
1. Mario Paccini (ELON) def. GARRIDO, Ignacio (UPST) 7-6 (10-3), 7-6 (10-4)
2. HAUPT, Lenhard (UPST) def. Felipe Sarrasague (ELON) 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
3. Robert Lindgren (ELON) def. YATES, Jamie (UPST) 7-6 (10-1), 2-6, 6-4
4. Salvador Mijares (ELON) def. BENNION, Matt (UPST) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Chris Humphreys (ELON) def. DHARNI, Rajanvir (UPST) 6-4, 6-2
6. Charlie Sullivan (ELON) def. VENERE, Tomas (UPST) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10)

Doubles competition

Match Notes:
USC Upstate 1-3
Elon 4-3
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)
Singles was played first with Elon clinching the win at No. 5
Doubles was not played