With the loss ETSU ends its season with a strong 16-8 record, while the host Vols improved its mark to an impressive 21-1. Overall, all eight of the Bucs losses came against ITA ranked teams this spring.
As the match got underway
Meanwhile, at the No. 1 position the Buc junior team of Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France) looked strong early against John-Patrick Smith and Davey Sandgren - who is currently ranked third in the country in doubles at the No. 1 position.
After the Buc pair held serve at 6-6, rain suddenly forced play indoors, which in response stopped any ETSU rhythm. As play resumed inside UT regained its form winning the remaining two games and the early 1-0 lead.
"Early we just didn't keep it close enough in all the doubles matches," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "We played good on court one, but we just couldn't find a way to maintain any traction we had.
The Vols then pushed the score to 3-0 as two-time All-American and the top-ranked singles player in the nation Smith overcame an early scare outlasting Teraz 6-3, 6-
However, just when it looked like Tennessee would sweep the contest ETSU - like it has all year -- didn't go easy as sophomore Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) took the first set from 36th-ranked Boris Conkic 6-4.
After taking the opening frame, the 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and Tournament MVP cruised in the second set, 6-1 putting ETSU on the board.
With the score at 3-1 the Vols finally closed out the Bucs at the No. 4 position as 111th-ranked freshman Tennys Sandgren finished off Isaza in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
"In singles the biggest differences today was
Despite its season coming to an end ETSU had plenty to be proud in 2010. For the fourth consecutive year the Bucs won the A-Sun Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In addition to those accomplishment and after Saturday's 4-2 win over
"I'm just extremely proud of our guys this year," said Zaatini. "The boys fought through a super tough schedule and I can honestly say we really did get the most out of every player this season. You never like to end a season, especially when you lose seniors like we had this year. We can continue to add talent every year, but their spirit and leadership is something we our going to truly miss as we move forward. Now that this fabulous season is over we are going to get some much needed rest and start preparing for
With the win
Below are final results of today's match.
(Barksdale Stadium/Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center)
1. #1 John-Patrick Smith (UT) def. Grega Teraz (ETSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Sander Gille (ETSU) def. #36 Boris Conkic (UT) 6-4, 6-1
3. #45 Rhyne Williams (UT) def. #104 Charles Bottoni (ETSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. #111 Tennys Sandgren (UT) def. Daniel Isaza (ETSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. #116 Matteo Fago (UT) vs. Robin Akser (ETSU) 3-2, unfinished
6. Davey Sandgren (UT) vs. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) 1-1, unfinished
1. #3 John-Patrick Smith/Davey Sandgren (UT) def. Grega Teraz/Charles Bottoni (ETSU) 8-6
2. #12 Boris Conkic/Rhyne Williams (UT) vs. Sander Gille/Jesus Bandres (ETSU) 7-2, unfinished
3. Matteo Fago/Edward Jones (UT) def. Daniel Isaza/Robin Akser (ETSU) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,1,2,4)
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