RICHMOND, Va. (January 21, 2007) - The ETSU men's tennis team continued it's successful start to the spring season today on day 3 of the VCU 4x1 Invitational with a 5-0 win over Georgetown University, before falling to #14 Virginia Commonwealth University 3-0 in the afternoon match.
The Bucs started off the day taking the doubles match from Georgetown with Felix Insaurralde (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Lisandro Picardo (Mar Del Plata, Argentina) defeating Anthony Tan and Will Lowell 6-2, 6-3.
Following in singles action Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) defeated Jeff Schnell 6-3, 6-1 in the top position for the Bucs. Travis Sandlant (Werribee, Australia) fought through his match in the No. 2 position defeating Ted Tywang 7-6, 7-6.
Freshman Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) picked up his second win of the season defeating Adam Gross 6-2, 6-3, while Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) won his match in the No. 4 position against David Tillem 6-1, 7-6.
In the afternoon match the Bucs faced their first ranked opponent this spring, #14 Virginia Commonwealth University. In the doubles match Sandlant and Ahlgren fell to Lindgren and Ripoll 6-4, 6-2.
Felix Insaurralde lost to VCU's Arnaud Le Cloerec 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 1 position while Lisandro Picardo battled in the No. 4 position against Sebastian Deridder. Picardo served for the second set at 5-3 before going down to Deridder in a tiebreaker, deciding the match for the RAMS.
Both Enrique Olivares and Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) played hard fought matches and were in third sets when the match was decided. In a tight match at No. 3, Serrano had held a 4-3 lead and double break points in the third set, before the match was terminated with Sebastian Deridder leading 5-4.
"We played really good, I think it could've been a much closer match if all the matches had been finished," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "We were extremely close, the match went for two and a half hours and the guys played tough. We showed we are a decent team, we just didn't get the win to show for it."
The Bucs will be back in Johnson City for the week and will head to Murfreesboro, Tenn. next Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on MTSU.
No. 1- Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Jeff Schnell (GU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2- Travis Sandlant (ETSU) def. Ted Tywang (GU) 7-6, 7-6
No. 3- Daniel Isaza (ETSU) def. Adam Gross (GU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 4- Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) def. David Tillem (GU) 6-1, 7-6
Insaurralde/Picardo (ETSU) def. Tan/ Lowell (GU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 1- Arnaud Le Cloerec (VCU) def. Felix Insaurralde (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2- Enrique Olivares (ETSU) vs. Sergi Arumi (VCU) DNF
No. 3- Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) vs. Damien Lacombe (VCU) DNF
No. 4- Sebastian Deridder (VCU) def. Lisandro Picardo 6-3, 7-6
Lindgren/Ripoll (VCU) def. Sandlant/Ahlgren (ETSU) 6-4, 6-2