JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Mar. 16, 2011) - Following a weekend sweep of Belmont and Lipscomb, the ETSU men's tennis team heads out west to take part in the Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic, hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State. The Bucs face Harvard in their opening round match.
The tournament event will be played at both San Diego State and the University of San Diego. The winner's bracket will be held at SDSU and the consolation bracket will be held at USD for Friday and Saturday. Match times are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EST) and 5 p.m. (EST) each day. ETSU and Harvard will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
ETSU (8-5), winners of its last four matches, are coming off two solid wins against Belmont and Lipscomb at home over the weekend. The Bucs have received strong play from the bottom part of their lineup over the last couple of weeks as Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) and Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) remain undefeated in dual play. Bonnevalle has opened up the spring with a 6-0 record, while Ordeig is a perfect 5-0 mark. Meanwhile, sophomore Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) has won his last six singles matches.
Harvard enters the event with a 7-6 overall record. The Crimson most recently defeated Binghamton, a team the Bucs already defeated earlier in the season. Casey MacMaster leads Harvard with a 7-1 dual singles record.
After facing Harvard, ETSU will take on either No. 20 San Diego or UAB on Friday depending on results from Thursday's matches. The time and location of Friday's match will be determined after all matches are completed on Thursday.
Hilton Mission Valley Spring Classic features eight teams from across the country including three teams ranked in the latest ITA poll. In the top half of the bracket, No. 20 San Diego will face Alabama-Birmingham and ETSU will take on Harvard. In the bottom half, San Diego State will battle with No. 53 Princeton and No. 67 Purdue will play Denver.
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