Johnson City, Tenn. (April 6, 2003) - East Tennessee State's men's tennis team improved to 11-6 this spring and 5-1 in the Southern Conference with a 4-3 victory over Georgia Southern at the ETSU Tennis Center Sunday.
The Buccaneers, who have won five matches in a row and nine of their last 10, garnered all of their team points in singles action. At the No. 1 spot, Marcos Pavlovich (Otamendi, Argentina) defeated his opponent Danie Van Den Heever in straight sets, as did Alejandro Salazar (Arequipa, Peru), who knocked off Mark Finnegan at No. 2 singles. Pavlovich garnered a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Van Den Heever, while Salazar defeated Finnegan 6-1, 6-4.
Diego Iglesias (Mar del Plata, Argentina) lost to Georgia Southern's Noah Tyler, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 3 position. Fernando Fiuri (Villa Maria, Argentina) improved his SoCon record to 6-0 with a victory over Uli Ebensperger at the fourth flight, 6-3, 6-1. Moises Serrano (Bucaramanga, Colombia), who has struggled somewhat against conference competition lost a tough match to the Eagles' Vincent Patry 7-6, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. Federico Ochoa (Manizales, Colombia) took advantage of his first conference singles match by defeating Stephen Dubienski in three sets 7-5, 7-6, 6-1, at the No. 6 slot.
Georgia Southern earned a pair of wins in doubles competition, picking up victories at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Van Den Heever and Patry won 8-6 over Iglesias and Serrano at the second flight, while Ebensperger and Tyler downed Fiuri and Ochoa at No. 3 doubles, 8-6. At the No. 1 position, Pavlovich and Salazar teamed up for their third straight win, 8-6, over Finnegan and Lasha Janashia.
East Tennessee State will be in action again on Monday, April 7, when the Buccaneers will take on the visiting Terriers of Wofford College. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the ETSU Tennis Center.
East Tennessee State 4, Georgia Southern 3
1.) Marcos Pavlovich (ETSU) def. Danie Van Den Heever (GSU), 6-3, 6-3
2.) Alejandro Salazar (ETSU) def. Mark Finnegan (GSU), 6-1, 6-4
3.) Noah Tyler (GSU) def. Diego Iglesias (ETSU), 6-4, 6-3
4.) Fernando Fiuri (ETSU) def. Uli Ebensperger (GSU), 6-3, 6-1
5.) Vincent Patry (GSU), 7-6, 6-4 def. Moises Serrano (ETSU)
6.) Federico Ochoa (ETSU) def. Stephen Dubienski (GSU), 7-5, 7-6, 6-1
1.) Salazar/Pavlovich (ETSU) def. Janashi/Finnegan (GSU), 8-6
2.) Van Den Heever/Patry (GSU) def. Iglesias/Serrano (ETSU), 8-6
3.) Ebensperger/Tyler (GSU) def. Fiuri/Ochoa (ETSU), 8-6