USC Upstate’s Ramiro Blanco Blanks the Competition

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

MACON, Ga. – USC Upstate’s Ramiro Blanco claimed his second Atlantic Sun Player of the Week award after helping the Spartans to a pair of wins by posting perfect 2-0 doubles and singles records in wins against regionally-ranked UNF and Jacksonville, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Blanco played at No. 5 singles against UNF, posting a 6-3, 6-2 win against Leonardo Nahar and then added a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles against Jacksonville's Jaime Esteban. The Chascomus, Argentina native’s win versus Nahar helped him move into first on USC Upstate's all-time singles winning percentage chart. Blanco’s 36-7 (.837) all-time record moved him ahead of David Gustafsson, who went 34-7 (.829) from 2002-04.

Blanco also added a pair of doubles wins at No. 3 with partner Edgar Rodriguez. The junior business administration major notched an 8-5 win against the Ospreys’ Nahar and Moritz Buerchner to help the Spartans clinch the doubles point. Blanco and Rodriguez also added an 8-1 victory Saturday versus Jacksonville’s Shalmi and Esteban.

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Other Top Performers
Sander Gille, ETSU (So. - Kuringen, Belgium - No. 1/2 Singles, No. 2 Doubles - Business) – Gille led ETSU with a perfect 3-0 singles record, while posting a 2-1 mark with doubles teammate Jesus Bandres. ETSU sits at No. 60 in the latest ITA rankings, posting wins against Lipscomb, Belmont and instate-rival MTSU. First against Lipscomb Friday, the Kuringen, Belgium native ran past Chad Pierrod in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. A day later, Gille picked up a quick win versus Belmont's Joao Paoliello, before helping ETSU defeat MTSU, 4-1, and Sunday after he dropped the Blue Raiders’ No. 2 singles player Victor Melo, 6-3, 6-4.

Daniel Sotomarino, UNF (Fr. - No. 2 Singles/Doubles - Lima, Peru - Business Management) – Sotomarino defeated No. 54 Upstate’s No. 2 singles player Renzo Airaldi. Sotomarino, a Lima, Peru native, also picked up a win against Campbell's No. 2 Larbi Lazouri. Along with partner Hleb Maslau, Sotomarino defeated USC Upstate's No. 2 pair and followed that up with a win against Campbell's No. 2 duo.

Victor Vaz, Jacksonville (Sr. - No. 1 Singles/Doubles - Campinas, Brazil) – Vaz led Jacksonville with a 2-1 record this week. The Campinas, Brazil native recorded a victory against USC Upstate’s Gary Goudsmet, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 and a win Tuesday against Missouri-Kansas City, 6-3, 6-4. Vaz’s only loss came to Campbell’s Davy Sum, 6-3, 6-7, 10-5, in Friday’s action.