Bucs slide to 0-6, play No. 38 Nebraska on Sunday
LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 12, 2012) – Dropping two doubles tiebreakers and earning a lone singles victory from senior Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium), the ETSU men’s tennis team fell 6-1 to Denver on Saturday night at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
“We’re playing better, but we have no wins to show for it,” Director of ETSU Tennis Yaser Zaatini said. “We are a good team and we just have to find our way again. The signs are there, we fought hard, but we’re still lacking that spark to ignite the fiery Bucs.
“The only problem is it won’t get any easier from here”
ETSU (0-6) changed its doubles lineup by splitting up the usual No. 1 doubles team of Gille and Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela). Instead, Gille paired with fellow classmate Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) at No. 1 doubles while Bandres teamed with fellow countryman Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) at No. 2 doubles. The new lineups triggered improved play, but both teams lost their respective sets 9-8 and the Pioneers (2-5) took the doubles point.
Gille proved to be the only winner the rest of the day, tallying his first dual match victory of the season by defeating Enoj Bonin 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. The win improved Gille’s overall singles record to 7-7 on the year, as he now sits at 1-4 in dual match play having started every match at the No. 1 spot.
Akser, Thursday’s lone victor against No. 73 Drake, dropped his match in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to Fabio Biasion at No. 4 singles. Meanwhile, Varon was the only Buccaneer to take his singles match past two sets in a 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 loss to Alex Clinkenbeard at No. 6.
Bandres, junior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and senior Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) all fell in straight sets.
The Bucs remain in Lincoln to play No. 38 Nebraska on Sunday at 7 p.m. EST. Live Stats for the match will be available courtesy of Huskers.com.
For more information on ETSU tennis, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the tennis links.Complete Results SinglesNo. 1 – Sander Gille def. Enoj Bonin 6-4, 6-2No. 2 – Yannick Weihs def. Jesus Bandres 6-3, 7-6No. 3 – Jens Vorkefeld def. Juan Ramirez 6-2, 7-5No. 4 – Fabio Biasion def. Robin Akser 6-2, 6-3No. 5 – Max Krammer def. Jeremy Bonnevalle 7-5, 6-2No. 6 – Alex Clinkenbeard def. Jorge Varon 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 DoublesNo. 1 – Bonin/Vorkfield def. Gille/Akser 9-8No. 2 – Weihs/Kordaschia def. Bandres/Varon 9-8No. 3 – Biasion/Krammer def. Ribeiro/Bonnevalle 8-3