Bucs 2-2 vs. ranked opponents
ATHENS, Ga. (Feb. 24, 2013) – The ETSU men’s tennis team takes on its fifth ranked opponent of the season Monday, traveling to Henry Feild Stadium at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex for a battle with No. 8 Georgia.
ETSU (4-3) has already taken on four ranked opponents on its 2013 campaign, holding a 2-2 record in those matchups. The first two meetings ended in defeat to then-No. 66 Wake Forest and then-No. 4 Ohio State, but the Buccaneers went on to win their next two over then-No. 71 UL-Lafayette and No. 60 Georgia State.
The Georgia State victory came last weekend in the Bucs’ home opener at the Bristol Racquet Club, 4-0. ETSU went for a 2-0 weekend by taking on Nebraska the following day, but the Cornhuskers came out ahead, 4-2, essentially knocking ETSU out of the ITA top 75.
Senior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) and junior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) have been the backbone of Buccaneer men’s tennis through the dual season. Ramirez leads the squad with a 5-2 mark, standing 13-7 overall, while Bandres is 4-2 in dual play, 10-10 overall. All seven of Ramirez’s dual matchups have come in the No. 4 hole and the same holds true with Bandres in the No. 1 spot.
On the 2012-13 overall campaign, sophomore Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) holds the most wins with an 18-10 record. Ribeiro went 15-7 over the fall and is 3-3 through dual play at the No. 2 position.
On the doubles side, Ramirez and junior Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) are the top Buc tandem. The senior-junior duo is 12-4 overall, 3-2 dual, and ranked No. 7 in the Ohio Valley Region.
Georgia (6-3) came in at No. 8 in the Feb. 19 edition of the ITA Men’s Team Rankings. Individually, Georgia boasts two players in the singles top 25 with KU Singh at No. 8 and Nathan Pasha at No. 21. In doubles, the team of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland are No. 5, while Singh and Pasha are No. 27 and Wagland and Pasha No. 29.
The Buccaneers and Bulldogs have met seven times in series history. UGA has taken every one of those duals, most recently defeating the Bucs last year in Athens, 6-1.
Live stats and live streaming video of Monday’s matchup will be available courtesy of GeorgiaDogs.com.
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