ATLANTA (Feb. 2, 2012) – The No. 64 ETSU men’s tennis team dropped to 0-3 to start the 2012 campaign on Thursday afternoon, as Georgia State bounced back from its loss last weekend to defeat the Bucs 5-2 at the Peachtree Tennis Center.
“We shouldn’t be surprised we lost again,” Director of ETSU Tennis Yaser Zaatini said afterwards. “It’s only going to get tougher. We’ll see when we decide to start playing as a whole, and maybe at that point we’ll have a shot. Hopefully by the end of the year we become a team.”
Georgia State (4-1) cemented the win when ETSU sophomore Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) was disqualified at No. 6 singles during a match that the Panthers’ Lucas Santana led 6-4, 2-6, 5-3. Ordeig’s disqualification came from arguing a call in which the chair umpire overruled Ordeig.
For the third-consecutive match, ETSU put itself in an early 1-0 hole by dropping the doubles point. Georgia State’s Juan Pablo Gutierrez and Lucas Santana defeated Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Robin Akser (Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) 8-4, before Thomas Cook and Michael Vallejo clinched the point with an 8-6 win over sophomore Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) and junior Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay).
Senior Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and junior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) were the last doubles pair to finish, and defeated Viktor Valente and Matias Hatem in a shortened set, 8-7 (8-6). With the win, Gille and Bandres improved their record as a team to 2-1 in dual play.
The Bucs and Panthers proceeded to split the first four singles matches, as Ramirez and Bandres earned their first dual match victories of the season and ETSU its first two points of the day. Ramirez defeated Ismael Lahlou 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 3 singles spot, while Bandres ran past Cook 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
Gille and Bonnevalle were not so fortunate, each falling in straight-sets to put Georgia State up 3-2 with the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches left to finish.
After Ordeig’s disqualification, Ribeiro fell to Gutierrez 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 to earn the Panthers a 5-2 victory.
ETSU now heads 70 miles east to Athens, Ga. for its next match, as the Bucs will take on No. 4 Georgia on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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