JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 3, 2010) - On an emotional senior day the ETSU men's tennis team sent out seniors Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Columbia), Ofir Weintraub (Rishon Le Zion, Isreal) and Jason Ramski (Chicago) on a high note as the 55th-ranked Bucs closed out the top seed in the upcoming Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament with 5-2 victory over North Florida Saturday at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center.
With the win the Bucs improved to 13-7 overall with 9-1 mark in A-Sun play, while UNF fell to 13-7 and 6-3.
"It's nice to close out the regular season with six straight wins," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "We played a tough non-conference schedule to get ready for this point in the season, because we know that when we kick off the conference tournament in a couple weeks every team there is going to be gunning for us. As a whole this league has gotten better and better every season and the level of play is the highest I can recall since we joined it. Part of that is because of the success we've had, but it's also because teams are getting better players every season."
ETSU opened play sweeping the doubles point, giving the Bucs the quick 1-0 lead. After freshman Jesus Bandres Caracas, Venezuela) and sophomore Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) took care of Daniel Sotomarino and Hleb Maslau at the No. 2 position, Isaza and sophomore teammate Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) closed out the point with a 9-7 win against Mortiz Buerchner and Leonardo Nahar.
The Bucs also got a pairs win from its junior team of Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France), who rallied to take a close fight against Kurt Gattiker and Taylor Albrecht 9-8 (8-4).
After ETSU's fast start in doubles freshman Juan Carlos Ramierz (Asuncion, Paraguay) kept the momentum going in singles contests as the Buc newcomer extend the ETSU lead to 2-0 with a quick 6-2, 6-3 win over Graham Edgar.
Senior captain Danny Isaza followed his South American teammates performance with a impressive 6-3, 6-4 straight set victory against Albrecht on Court 4.
Needing only one point to clinch ETSU's sixth straight win Charles Bottoni stormed back from a close 7-6 first set win, taking the second 6-4 over Moritz Buerchner. Minutes later Sander Gille wrapped up the score with an aggressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over Hleb Maslau in No. 1 singles action.
With the regular season done ETSU will now take two weeks off before returning to action in the A-Sun Tournament April 15-18 in DeLand, Fla.
Attached above are final results from today's match.
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