Johnson City, Tenn. (April 7, 2003) - After losing its first Southern Conference match of the season, the East Tennessee State men's tennis team has won six straight after defeating Wofford 6-1 Monday afternoon at the ETSU Tennis Center. With the win, the Buccaneers overall record now stands at 12-6, while they improve to 6-1 in the SoCon.
At No. 1 singles, senior captain Marcos Pavlovich (Otamendi, Argentina) was the victor of a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Kent Ball, while Alejandro Salazar (Arequipa, Peru) garnered his sixth consecutive win with his victory over Lee Porter in the No. 2 slot also in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Wofford's Brandon Smith saved the Terriers from being swept by knocking off junior Diego Iglesias (Mar del Plata, Argentina) at No. 3 singles. Iglesias dropped the tough three-set dual to Smith, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Fernando Fiuri (Villa Maria, Argentina) remained undefeated (7-0) in the Southern Conference by defeating Wofford's Brett Johnson 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Moises Serrano (Bucaramanga, Colombia) took care of Chris Barlow 7-6, 6-2 in the fifth position and Federico Ochoa (Manizales, Colombia) captured a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 6 over the Terriers' Jason Mengel.
ETSU swept the doubles matches, but were tested at the No. 1 position as Pavlovich and Salazar barely escaped with a 9-8 victory against Ball and Porter. Iglesias and Serrano snapped out of a two-match slump with their 8-4 decision over Mengel/Smith, and the duo of Ochoa/Fiuri handed Wofford's Barlow/Johnson an 8-3 loss to complete the trifecta.
The Buccaneers will continue to run the gauntlet of conference competition this Wednesday, April 9, when ETSU faces Appalachian State at the ETSU Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
East Tennessee State 6, Wofford 1
1.) Marcos Pavlovich (ETSU) def. Kent Ball (WOF), 6-3, 6-3
2.) Alejandro Salazar (ETSU) def. Lee Porter (WOF), 6-3, 6-1
3.) Brandon Smith (WOF) def. Diego Iglesias (ETSU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
4.) Fernando Fiuri (ETSU) def. Brett Johnson (WOF), 6-3, 6-2
5.) Moises Serrano (ETSU) def. Chris Barlow (WOF), 7-6, 6-2
6.) Federico Ochoa (ETSU) def. Jason Mengel (WOF), 7-5, 6-3
1.) Salazar/Pavlovich (ETSU) def. Ball/Porter (WOF), 9-8
2.) Iglesias/Serrano (ETSU) def. Mengel/Smith (WOF), 8-4
3.) Ochoa/Fiuri (ETSU) def. Barlow/Johnson (WOF), 8-3