ETSU men's tennis falls to No. 53 Drake, 5-2
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Saturday, March 10, 2007

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 10, 2007) - The No. 48 ETSU men's tennis team fell to the No. 53 Drake Bulldogs today, at the Nebraska Tennis Center in Knoxville. ETSU falls to 13-4 on the year while Drake improves to 11-2.

 

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as they took the doubles point. Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) and Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) defeated Guilherme Marsiglia and Bokang Setshogo, 8-2 in the No. 2 position while in the third position Felix Insaurralde (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Lisandro Picardo (Mar del Plata, Argentina) fell to Sergi Vila and Ivan Mendoza, 8-6. The doubles were decided when Travis Sandlant (Werribee, Australia) and Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) fell in a close 9-8 match to Maor Zirkin and Dalibor Pavic in the No. 1 position.

 

The Bucs fought hard as they were able to take matches to three sets in several positions. Serrano tied the match at 1-1 cruising past Guilherme Marsiglia, 6-1, 6-3 in the fourth slot. But the Bulldogs were able to regain a 3-1 lead and clinch the match when Olivares fell to Maor Zirkin, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 2 position and Ahlgren fell to Ivan Mendoza, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 6 position.

 

Drake then took a 4-1 lead as Predrag Burmazovic (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro) fell to Sergi Vila, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 1 slot. ETSU then picked up it's second point at Picardo defeated Bokang Setshogo, 7-5, 7-5 in the fifth position, while Insaurralde fell to Dalibor Pavic, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 3 position.

 

"I just really want to commend my team for a great effort. We have had a small injury, but there is no defeat we can't get over. We fought very hard," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "We showed a lot of courage playing a lot of tough teams on the road. Going 4-1 on the road proves that we can take any one, any where, any time and under any conditions. I'm really proud of the guys for their effort."

 

The Bucs will face conference foe Stetson on Saturday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. in Deland, Fla. Follow all ETSU men's tennis action at www.etsubucs.com.

 

No. 53 Drake 5, No. 48 ETSU 2

Singles

No. 1- Sergi Vila (DU) def. Predrag Burmazovic (ETSU) 6-2, 6-4

No. 2- Maor Zirkin (DU) def. Enrique Olivares (ETSU) 6-2, 6-3

No. 3- Dalibor Pavic (DU) def. Felix Insaurralde (ETSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

No. 4- Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) def. Guilherme Marsiglia (DU) 6-1, 6-3

No. 5- Lisandro Picardo (ETSU) def. Bokang Setshogo (DU) 7-5, 7-5

No. 6- Ivan Mendoza (DU) def. Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Order of Finish- 4, 2, 6*, 1, 5, 3

 

Doubles

No. 1- Zirkin/Pavic (DU) def. Ahlgren/Sandlant (ETSU) 9-8

No. 2- Olivares/Serrano (ETSU) def. Marsiglia/Setshogo (DU) 8-2

No. 3- Vila/Mendoza (DU) def. Insaurralde/Picardo (ETSU) 8-6

Order of Finish- 2, 3, 1*

 

* - deciding match

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