CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., and CLEMSON, S.C. (Oct. 6, 2013) – The ETSU men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up play in the UVa Fall Classic and Duckworth Fall Classic Sunday, with each team gaining valuable experience.
Three freshmen Buccaneer players represented ETSU in the finals of their respective singles flights in the UVa Fall Classic in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday; however, ETSU was unable to take home a title.
David Biosca advanced to the final round of the Orange Singles flight before falling to William & Mary’s Ben Guthrie.
Fellow freshman Diego Nunez narrowly lost a hard-fought match to JC Aragone of Virginia in the White Singles final. Nunez pushed Aragone to the brink, but was eventually edged, 7-6, 6-4.
Sebastian Yllera also lost a close match in the Green Singles final, suffering a 7-6, 6-3 setback to Liberty’s Jorge Azuero.
“Today was a super exciting, but disappointing day,” head coach Yaser Zaatini said. “To see our three freshmen make it to the finals of their respective draws was a super positive sign. I think we have a solid, young squad.
I am completely looking forward to the development of this team. Now, it’s time to get ready for Regionals,” Zaatini said.
The men’s team will be back in action this coming weekend when it competes in the Wake Forest Invite in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the ITA Regionals in Knoxville, Tenn.
After advancing to the final round of the No. 7 singles flight of the Duckworth Fall Classic in Clemson, S.C., Salma Dahbi suffered a narrow loss to Charleston Southern’s Alia Nour. Dahbi dropped the first set, but fought back to take the second set, 6-4, before falling 10-4 in the third-set tie-break.
In consolation play, Lyn Yee Choo knocked off Wofford’s Sarah Evans, 6-2, 6-3, while Sofia Espana picked up a convincing, 6-0, 6-2, win over Lipscomb’s Lorena Ojunknic.
Anna Gerbasi was edged, 2-6, 6-4, 10-8, by Darya Yakauleva of VCU.
“We’ve got some work to do in the next month or so to get back to where we need to be,” head coach Travis Sandlant said. “We are going to concentrate on a few specific areas of weakness and close out the fall on more positive performances like the start of the fall.”
The women’s squad will return to action when it hosts the ETSU Invitational beginning Friday, Oct. 11.
FOLLOW THE BUCS