BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 5, 2010) - The ETSU men's tennis team picked up right where they left off last Atlantic Sun Conference season as the 59th-ranked Bucs downed A-Sun rival Kennesaw State 7-0 Friday inside the "Bubble" at the Country Club of Bristol, in Bristol, Tenn.
Playing inside the cold club's tennis center ETSU (3-5, 1-0 A-Sun) opened play by winning two out of the three doubles contests.
"We are a young team so it was good for our guys to come away with a win this afternoon," said head coach Yaser Zaatini. "Kennesaw State is starting to build a good program, so I was proud of how our guys came back from a slow start in doubles and play better as the match went on. Being the preseason favorite in the conference this spring, we know that we are going to get everyone's best shot when they play us so we have to be ready for that. That being said, we are playing a young lineup overall so It was good to see the guys bounce back from our tough non-conference schedule and get a win."
After the Bucs took the early 1-0 lead senior Daniel Isaza (Madelline, Columbia) added to the ETSU advantage with a 6-3, 6-2 win, at No. 4, over KSU freshman Gokalp Ozdemir. Minutes later junior Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) pulled the Bucs within one point of their 35 consecutive win in A-Sun play with a 6-3, 6-2 straight set victory over sophomore Tyler Mills.
Freshman Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) then closed out the defeat with his win at No. 3 over freshman Gianni Kubin 6-1, 6-2. With the victory in hand ETSU didn't let up as sophomores Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium), Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) and Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) played exceptionally well with their straight set wins at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6.
After Gille took care of business against sophomore Simon Janik 6-2, 7-6, Akser dropped freshman Elliot Kahler 6-1, 6-3, while Bonnevalle got the best of sophomore Michael Langel 6-2, 6-1.
ETSU will now have a quick turnaround as the Bucs look to continue their league success as they host Mercer with a noon contest outside at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center on the ETSU campus.
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