USC Upstate’s Javier Tori Tallies Fifth Weekly Award

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MACON, Ga. – USC Upstate’s Javier Tori stood as the key factor as USC Upstate became the first team in A-Sun history to beat ETSU. For his performance, Tori claimed the fifth A-Sun Player of the Week award of his career, third on the season and second consecutive, the conference office announced Wednesday.

With the Spartans down 3-2 to the No. 49 Bucs and Tori down a set, the Lima, Peru native came back to lead USC Upstate to the win by forcing a second-set break to 6-4. Tori then continued his strong play to take the third set, 6-2, versus Daniel Isaza at No. 3 to tie the match as Ramiro Blanco served for the match on court five. The win also marked the senior’s school-record 75th singles win.

In doubles, Tori helped pace USC Upstate to the point with an 8-6 win at No. 1 with partner Renzo Airaldi against Grega Teraz and Charles Bottoni, marking the pairings' 14th consecutive win and establishing a school record at the D-I era record. Tori also posted a 6-1, 6-2 win versus Winthrop Tuesday for his 11th consecutive singles win, helping Upstate to another 4-3 win.

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Other Top Performers
Didrik Berg, Stetson (Fr. – Oslo, Norway - No. 3/4 Singles, No. 1 Doubles - Undeclared) – Berg went 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles over the last week as Stetson picked up road wins against Belmont and Lipscomb and a home shutout over DePaul. The Hatters made their season debut in the ITA national rankings at No. 70 as a result. The freshman won all three of his singles matches in straight sets to extend his personal winning streak to five straight matches. Berg has also won four in a row in doubles with partner Chris Swanteson.

Hleb Maslau, UNF (Jr. - No. 1 - Baranovichi, Belarus - Communications) – Maslau, has played primarily in the No. 3 this season, but has recently moved to the No. 1 spot for UNF. The junior has tallied an overall record of 15-3 and went 2-0 at No. 1 this week. Maslau helped the Ospreys to a 7-0 sweep of the Kennesaw State Owls and a 4-3 win against the Mercer Bears last week. The communications major also picked up a pair of doubles wins with partner Daniel Sotomarino.

Davy Sum, Campbell (Jr. - No. 1 Singles/Doubles - Strasbourg, France - Business Administration) – Sum finished a perfect 2-0 in both singles and doubles play in helping Campbell earn a split on the week. The junior started the week by defeating UNC Asheville’s Nicolia Nonnenbroich, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Sum and his partner Dominik Kaniewski also defeated the UNCA duo of Matt Waissen/Jonas Brobeck in doubles play to help the Camels earn the 6-1 victory versus the Bulldogs. On Saturday, Sum/Kaniewski, who rank as the No. 56 doubles team in the country, got Campbell off to a quick start by defeating the ETSU duo of Grega Teraz/Charles Bottoni, 8-3. Sum then defeated Teraz in singles action, 6-4, 6-4. The Strasbourg, France native needs just 11 victories to become Campbell's all-time wins leader.