JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 1, 2003) - Facing a tiebreaker rally from Furman's Chris Henderson, East Tennessee State's Alejandro Salazar (Arequipa, Peru) overcame the challenge to win his singles match 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) and give the Buccaneers a 4-3 victory over their arch-rival in Southern Conference men's tennis action Tuesday at the ETSU Tennis Center.
First-year head coach Yaser Zaatini, whose team improved to 9-6 overall, 4-1 in SoCon play, said he was proud of Salazar, especially after he gave up a 6-2 lead in the tiebreaker and still managed to take the win.
"I think that says a lot about his ability," Zaatini said. "That was a tough situation but he still came through. For our team, this is a very important win."
The Bucs opened the day by earning a point in doubles play. Salazar and doubles mate Marcos Pavlovich (Otamendi, Argentina) teamed up to drop Furman's James Cameron and Pat Fillnow, 8-6. Meanwhile, Diego Iglesias (Mar del Plata, Argentina) and Moises Serrano (Bucaramanga, Columbia) defeated Furman's Ben Pauluhn and Andrew Rogers, 8-3. The Paladins lone victory in doubles came when Allen Simmons and Henderson dropped Federico Ochoa (Manizales, Colombia) and Fernando Fiuri (Villa Maria, Argentina), 8-1.
While Salazar's match highlighted singles play, the Bucs also got outstanding performances from Iglesias and Fiuri. Iglesias held off Andrew Rogers' comeback attempt to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, while Fiuri dropped Fillnow in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.
The Buccaneers' next match will be April 4, when the travel outside of conference play to meet Tennessee Tech. They will return to Johnson City to close out their conference schedule and regular season slate with four straight home matches, beginning with an April 6th meeting with Georgia Southern.
East Tennessee State 4-3
1.) James Cameron (Furman) def. Marcos Pavlovich (ETSU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2.) Alejandro Salazar (ETSU) def. Chris Henderson (Furman), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
3.) Diego Iglesias (ETSU) def. Andrew Rogers (Furman), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
4.) Fernando Fiuri (ETSU) def. Pat Fillnow, 6-3, 7-5
5.) Allen Simmons (Furman) def. Moises Serrano (ETSU), 6-3, 6-2
6.) Ryan McCarthy (Furman) def. Francisco Diaz (ETSU), 6-2, 6-3
1.) Salazar/Pavlovich (ETSU) def. Cameron/Fillnow (Furman), 8-6
2.) Iglesias/Serrano (ETSU) def. Pauluhn/Rogers (Furman), 8-3
3.) Simmons/Henderson (Furman) def. Ochoa/Fiuri (ETSU), 8-1