KENNESAW, Ga. (April 1, 2011) - The ETSU men's tennis team swept through both doubles and singles play as the Bucs shut out Kennesaw State, 7-0, Friday afternoon at the Laurel Park Tennis Center.
With the win ETSU improves to 14-6 overall and 8-1 in A-Sun play, while the Owls fall to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in league play. The Bucs remain knotted with UNF at the top of the A-Sun with just one match remaining. ETSU will earn at least a share of the A-Sun regular season title with a victory over Mercer tomorrow.
"We had a couple guys a little hurt today, but the freshmen really came through for us," said ETSU Director of Tennis Yaser Zaatini. "Everybody else performed at the level expected. We played well but we have a tough match tomorrow against Mercer and hopefully the guys will be up for the test."
ETSU jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after taking the opening doubles point. The ETSU pair of
Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) picked up an 8-6 win at the No. 1 position over Simon Janik and Elliot Kahler. Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) defeated Gokalp Ozdemir and Gianni Kubin, 8-6, at the No. 2 position. To cap off the doubles scoring, Grega Teraz (Mojstrana, Slovenia) and Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) knocked off Ryan Spencer and Michael Langel, 8-6.
The Bucs continued the strong play in singles competition. Teraz picked up a quick victory at the No. 1 position over Kubin, 6-3, 6-1. Ramirez also won in straight sets as he knocked off Ozdemir, 6-4, 6-0, at the No. 3 position.
ETSU got two more straight set victories at the bottom of the lineup as Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) defeated Spencer, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 5 position. Then, Varon got past Tyler Mills, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 6 spot.
Gille and freshman Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) capped off the scoring for the Bucs with tough three set victories. Gille defeated Janik at the No. 2 position, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0, while Ordeig edged Kahler, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0, at the No. 4 position.
The Bucs will look for a weekend sweep as they take on Mercer tomorrow morning in the final A-Sun regular season contest of the year.
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ETSU 7, Kennesaw State 0
1. Grega Teraz (ETSU) def. Gianni Kubin (KSU), 6-3, 6-1
2. Sander Gille (KSU) def. Simon Janik (KSU), 3-6, 6-3, 1-0
3. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) def. Gokalp Ozdemir (KSU), 6-4, 6-0
4. Roger Ordeig (ETSU) def. Elliot Kahler (KSU), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0
5. Jeremy Bonnevalle (ETSU) def. Ryan Spencer (KSU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Jorge Varon (ETSU) def. Tyler Mills (KSU), 6-2, 7-5
1. Gille and Bandres (ETSU) def. Janik and Kahler (KSU), 8-6
2. Ramirez and Akser (ETSU) def. Ozdemir and Kubin (KSU), 8-6
3. Teraz and Varon (ETSU) def. Spencer and Langel (KSU), 8-6