After having its 38-game conference winning streak come to a halt last weekend versus No. 68 USC Upstate, the Bucs have bounced back nicely by picking up a pair of wins over Campbell and now the Bisons. ETSU improved to 9-7, 6-1 with the win, while Lipscomb dropped to 4-9, 1-6 on the year.
"We played in a tough atmosphere today and overcame some adversity to beat Lipscomb," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "The courts we played on were brand new and probably the slowest we have seen all year, but our guys adapted well to get an important conference victory. Lipscomb gave us a tough test, and the conference race has gotten a lot tighter over the years, so our guys know they have to come prepared each time out if we want to win. The team has done a good job working hard all season, and today's victory was a prime example of that."
Like the women's team did earlier in the day, the Bucs stepped up and took the doubles point; however, Lipscomb's men provided more of a test. Junior Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and Charles Bottoni (Bois Guillaume, France) defeated Joe McArdle and Mario Hernandez in No. 1 doubles, 9-7. After Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) fell to Lipscomb's second doubles team, 8-6, ETSU's Ofir Weintraub (Rishon Le Zion, Israel) and Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) took care of business in third doubles action. The Buccaneer tandem - who were battle tested by Mario Hernandez and Colby Shaw - dug deep to find a way to win, 9-8.
"Lipscomb gave us a test in doubles, but I think that motivated us when we got into singles play," added Zaatini.
Zaatini proved to be right, as the hard-fought doubles match gave ETSU an extra ounce of energy in singles action.
The Bucs won each match in straight sets except for Hangstefer taking one from Teraz in No. 2 singles. With Teraz taking the first set (7-6), the Lipscomb senior won the second (3-6); however, the ETSU junior maintained his composure by winning the match in a super-tiebreaker, 10-7.
Meanwhile, in number one singles, Gille - the Belgium bruiser - dropped Chad Pierron, 6-2, 6-2. In No. 3 singles, Bottoni sent Hernandez packing in straight sets - 6-3, 6-1.
Then, ETSU took any momentum swing away from the Bisons when Bandres swept Shaw, 6-0, 6-0, in the fourth slot. As Bandres made quick work of Shaw, Robin Asker (Omskoldsvik, Sweden) picked up the win in No. 5 singles - defeating McArdle 6-4, 6-2. Rounding out action at number six was Jeremy Bonnevalle's (Keerbergen, Belgium) 6-3, 6-2, win over Tanner Brown.
"To this point our guys have had a productive season and we have done a great job not dwelling on the loss to USC Upstate a week ago," Zaatini said. "Overall we played very well today and now we have to get our rest before taking on another sound squad in Belmont."
The Bucs serve for the Nashville sweep Saturday when ETSU takes on Belmont at 11 a.m. (Eastern).
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Teraz/Bottoni (ETSU) def. McArdle/Hangstefer (LU), 9-7
Pierron/Brown (LU) def. Gille/Bandres, 8-6
Weintraub/Isaza (ETSU) def. Hernandez/Shaw, 9-8
Gille (ETSU) def. Pierron (LU), 6-2, 6-2
Teraz (ETSU) def. Hangstefer (LU), 7-6, 3-6, 10-7
Bottoni (ETSU) def. Hernandez (LU), 6-3, 6-1
Bandres (ETSU) def. Shaw (LU), 6-0, 6-0
Asker (ETSU) def. McArdle (LU), 6-4, 6-2
Bonnevalle (ETSU) def. Brown (LU), 6-3, 6-2