Johnson City, Tenn. (Apr. 7, 2002) -- The No. 67-ranked East Tennessee State men's tennis team ran their season-long winning streak to five by shutting out Georgia Southern, 7-0, in Southern Conference action Sunday afternoon from the ETSU Tennis Center in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Bucs won the doubles point after sweeping all three matches. The ETSU team of junior Marcos Pavlovich (Otamendi, Argentina) and senior Roberto Fernandez (Cuernavaca, Mexico) defeated the Georgia Southern team of Wojceich Nowak and Mark Finnegan at No. 1 singles, 8-4. Junior Pablo Sahagun (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and sophomore Alejandro Salazar (Arequipa, Mexico) of ETSU were victorious over Eagles Danie Van Den Heever and Rohan Williams at No. 2 doubles, 8-6. ETSU sophomores Diego Iglesias (Mar del Plata, Argentina) and Moises Serrano (Bucaramanga, Colombia) defeated Noah Tyler and Uli Ebensperger of Georgia Southern at No. 3 doubles, 8-4.
The Buccaneers continued their momentum by sweeping all six singles matches. At No. 1 singles, ETSU's Pavlovich defeated Georgia Southern's Nowak, 6-4, 6-4. Buccaneer Fernandez was victorious over Eagle Finnegan at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-4. At No. 3 singles, ETSU got another point as Iglesias defeated GSU's Tyler, 6-1, 6-2.
ETSU's Sahagun defeated Ebensperger of the Eagles at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-2. The Bucs won the point at No. 5 singles as Salazar was victorious over GSU's Van Den Heever, 6-0, 6-3. Serrano of ETSU won the point at No. 6 singles, as he defeated Georgia Southern's Williams, 6-4, 6-2.
The win runs ETSU's record to 12-6, 7-0 in Southern Conference play. Georgia Southern falls to 8-9 on the season, 4-3 in SoCon matches.
"We played very well today, this was probably the most complete match we have played all season," said ETSU head coach Dave Mullins following the match. "Some of our players that struggled earlier in the season, their games are coming together at the right time. We are looking forward to our match with Furman on Wednesday."
The Bucs return to action on Wednesday at 3 p.m. for a Southern Conference showdown against No. 62-ranked Furman in Greeneville, S.C. The Eagles also return to the courts on Wednesday, hosting College of Charleston at 2 p.m. from Statesboro, Ga.
No. 1: Marcos Pavlovich (ETSU) def. Wojceich Nowak (GSU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 2: Roberto Fernandez (ETSU) def. Mark Finnegan (GSU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 3: Diego Iglesias (ETSU) def. Noah Tyler (GSU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 4: Pablo Sahagun (ETSU) def. Uli Ebensperger (GSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5: Alejandro Salazar (ETSU) def. Danie Van Den Heever (GSU), 6-0, 6-3
No. 6: Moises Serrano (ETSU) def. Rohan Williams (GSU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 1: Pavlovich/Fernandez (ETSU) def. Nowak/Finnegan (GSU), 8-4
No. 2: Sahagun/Salazar (ETSU) def. Van Den Heever/Williams, 8-6
No. 3: Iglesias/Serrano (ETSU) def. Tyler/Ebensberger (GSU), 8-4
#67 East Tennessee State: 12-6, 7-0 Southern Conference
Georgia Southern: 8-9, 4-3 SoCon