USC Upstate’s Rogriguez Records A-Sun Weekly Award

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

MACON, Ga. – Edgar Rodriguez led USC Upstate through a treacherous week to wrap up the Spartans’ first Atlantic Sun Title in any sport by going 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles play to claim his first A-Sun Player of the Week award, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Rodriguez posted three doubles wins with partner Ramiro Blanco at No. 3, including a dramatic 9-7 win against Stetson's doubles pair of Mark Mestan and Njal Stene to clinch the point for USC Upstate. The Bogota, Colombia native followed that by adding another dramatic win in three sets versus Maksim Levanovich, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, at No. 1 singles to give USC Upstate a 3-1 lead in the match and move momentum into the Spartans’ favor in the match against the regionally-ranked Hatters.

Rodriguez also added a 6-3, 6-3 win against Thibaud Aime of FGCU Saturday and then notched a huge 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory versus Campbell's regionally-ranked Davy Sum Tuesday to improve his A-Sun record to 8-1 overall, with all his matches at No. 1 singles.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers
Alex Hackett, Stetson (Jr. – Surrey, England - No. 5 Singles, No. 3 Doubles - Business Administration - Masters) – Hackett won both his singles matches in Stetson's split weekend at USC Upstate and Campbell, defeating last week's A-Sun Player of the Week Ramiro Blanco of the Spartans in straight sets and also beating Campbell's Loukas Wallaart in straight sets. The Surrey, England native has won six straight singles matches and nine of his last 10.

Daniel Sotomarino, UNF (Fr. - No. 2 Singles/Doubles - Lima, Peru - Business Management) – Sotomarino finished with a 2-1 tally on the week in singles play. The Lima, Peru native defeated ETSU’s No. 118 ranked Grega Teraz at No. 2 singles and followed that performance up with a win at No. 1 singles against Jacksonville’s Victor Vaz.

Elliot Kahler, Kennesaw State (Fr. - Singles/Doubles - Carrolton, Ga. - Undeclared) – Kahler went a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles this past weekend in Kennesaw State’s matches against Lipscomb and Belmont, helping his team to a 1-1 record. Overall, the Carrolton, Ga. native’s 10 wins leads the Owls during the spring season, in addition to his six-match winning streak.