JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 6, 2010) - Ever since joining the Atlantic Sun Conference the ETSU men's tennis team has done one thing and that is win. Over the past five season head coach Yaser Zaatini's team has won every A-Sun regular season match that they have competed in including the Bucs 7-0 victory over A-Sun foe Mercer Saturday afternoon at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center in Johnson City.
With the win ETSU improved to 4-5 overall with a perfect 2-0 mark in league play, while the Bears fell to 5-3 overall, with a 0-2 record in conference action.
"Today I thought we came out a little bit better then we did yesterday," said Zaatini. "Mercer is a pretty solid team that is good throughout their lineup. It feels good to start off A-Sun play with two wins, considering we've not won in a while with our tough non-conference schedule."
The Bucs opened play by sweeping all three doubles matches. The ETSU team of junior Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and freshman Juan-Carlos Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay), dropped Mercer's Fernando Armendaris and Matt Poleon 8-5, while sophomore Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and freshman Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) continued their great play with a strong 8-3 victory over Adam Hunt and David Barton.
Not to be outdone the Buc duo of senior Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) and sophomore Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvike, Sweden) outlasted Evandro Rosindo and Victor Dias in long match, 9-8.
As singles action got underway the Bucs extended their lead as Bandres dominated his contest against Poleon 6-2, 6-0, while Isaza added to the 3-0 score with his 6-4, 6-0 victory once again against Dias at No. 3.
Seconds later Grega Teraz stayed strong this spring with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Rosinado, while Gille closed out Court 1 action with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 win against Armednaris.
With the win in hand ETSU didn't let up as Juan-Carlos Ramirez outlasted Hunt with a 7-6, 6-4 victory at No. 6, while underclassman teammate sophomore Jeremey Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) finished the win with a crushing forehand down the line for a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Barton.
"Some of our piece are starting to fall into place," said Zaatini. "That being said our guys have to know we still have a tough road ahead with teams like Campbell, Stetson, and USC Upstate. We are a young and talented, but we have to know if we don't perform the way we need to anyone is capable of beating us on any given night."
ETSU returns to action with a 9:00 a.m. contest Tuesday against UNC-Wilmington in Deland, Fla.
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