ETSU begins semifinals on Sunday at 9 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (October 15, 2011) – The ETSU men’s tennis team began singles play on Saturday at the UVA Invitational, with Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay) and Jeremy Bonnevalle (Keerbergen, Belgium) advancing through to the semifinals of their respective flights.
Ramirez defeated opponents from Radford and William & Mary to advance to the semis of the orange flight, and Bonnevalle took out a pair of competitors from Liberty for his spot in the gold flight semis.
With rain playing a factor in yesterday’s scheduling, singles action which was originally scheduled to begin on Friday had to be held off until Saturday. Ramirez and Bonnevalle, as well as teammates Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela), Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain), Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Connor Knox, hit the courts Saturday with only singles matches in front of them.
Ramirez’s road to the semifinals started with an opening round match against Radford’s Patrick O’Keefe. The junior defeated O’Keefe 6-3, 6-4 before wrapping up the day with a win over the Tribe’s Ben Hoogland, 6-3, 6-2.
Bonnevalle began singles play against Liberty’s Stan Vaughan, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 first round victory. The Flames got a chance for redemption in the second round as the flight’s No. 1 seed, Anston Andersson, met with Bonnevalle, but the senior dropped just four games to Andersson in a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
Varon and Ribeiro each went 1-1 on the day in the white flight. Varon lost a very competitive first round match to George Washington’s Viktor Svesson 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, but rebounded in the consolation draw with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Matt Slemecka of Liberty. Ribeiro’s results were opposite of Varon. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native defeated Radford’s Marko Lovrinovic 6-3, 6-1, before falling to the draw’s No. 2 seed, Sergio Wyss, from Maryland 6-4, 6-1.
Ordeig competed as the lone Buccaneer in the black flight, going 1-1 on the day as well. The draw’s No. 3 seed, Ordeig fell to the Tribe’s John Banks 6-3, 6-2, but rebounded to defeat another student-athlete from Liberty, Dilon Segur, 6-3, 6-0.
Knox played through the gold flight with Bonnevalle, but could not share the senior’s success. The newcomer lost to Radford’s Thomas Dehaen 6-0, 6-2 and Liberty’s Shea Thomas 6-3, 6-2.
Ramirez and Bonnevalle play in the semifinals on Sunday at 9 a.m. Ramirez meets Eastern Kentucky’s Hugo Klientovsky while Bonnevalle takes on Radford’s Igor Ogrizek. Both matches take place at UVA’s Snyder Tennis Center.
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Saturday ResultsOrange Singles (2) Juan Ramirez def. Patrick O’Keefe (Radford) 6-3, 6-4 (2) Juan Ramirez def. Ben Hoogland (William & Mary) 6-3, 6-2 White Singles Viktor Svesson (George Washington) def. Jorge Varon 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 Jorge Varon def. Matt Slemecka (Liberty) 6-3, 6-4 Rogerio Ribeiro def. Marko Lovrinovic (Radford) 6-3, 6-1 (2) Sergio Wyss (Maryland) def. Rogerio Ribeiro 6-4, 6-1 Black Singles John Banks (William & Mary) def. (3) Roger Ordeig 6-3, 6-2 (3) Roger Ordeig def. Dillon Segur (Liberty) 6-3, 6-0 Gold Singles Jeremy Bonnevalle def. Stan Vaughan (Liberty) 6-2, 6-1 Jeremy Bonnevalle def. (1) Anton Andersson (Liberty) 6-3, 6-1 (2) Thomas Dehaen (Radford) def. Connor Knox 6-0, 6-2 Shea Thomas (Liberty) def. Connor Knox 6-3, 6-2