ATHENS, Ga. (Feb. 27, 2010) - Despite a number of great individuals efforts in numerous matches the 62nd-ranked ETSU men's tennis team fell 6-1 Saturday at No. 9 Georgia inside the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
With the loss ETSU falls to 2-6 on the season while Georgia - who is currently riding a 67-match home winning streak - improved to 6-2.
After UGA picked up an 8-3 win in No. 1 doubles, ETSU evened the early scores as senior Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Columbia) and sophomore Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) outlasted the Bulldog team of Bo Seal and Christian Vitulli, 8-6.
With the doubles matches then even ETSU looked to take the early point in a close No. 2 contest that was still going on. After the Buc team of freshman Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and sophomore Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) forced a tiebreaker against Drake Bernstein and Javier Garrapiz, the Georgia duo finally survived the 52nd-ranked ETSU team in the extra game, 9-8.
"We had a chance in doubles, but we just didn't find a way to win the tiebreaker," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "The thing is our team isn't going to just sneak up on some of the higher ranked programs anymore. Georgia had a chip on their shoulder this afternoon, because we have beaten them in doubles the last couple of years. They came out with a good lineup and found a way to just barely outlast us for the early point."
Like the doubles matches ETSU played close in singles, however the host Bulldogs proved to be too much to overcome as UGA outlasted the Bucs in all six individual contests.
ETSU's best performances of the day came from junior Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and Isaza, who both forced three-set matches before falling just short in singles.Teraz dropped his No. 1 singles contest to 104th-ranked Nate Schnugg 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, while Isaza fell in the No. 3 match 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (10-6).
"Overall, I thought we had some guys play better this afternoon," said Zaatini. "Despite our record being what it is we've played this unthinkable schedule to get our guys ready for the conference season. We have a group of tough minded players that are capable of bouncing back as we open league play this upcoming weekend against Kennesaw State."
With the nonconference schedule behind them, the Bucs return to action with a 1 p.m., contest Friday against Kennesaw at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center on the ETSU campus.
Attached above are final results from Saturday's match between No. 9 Georgia and No. 62 ETSU.
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