Bucs, still in search of first victory, look to pull it together in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 10, 2012) – The No. 74 ETSU men’s tennis team will make its first trip to Lincoln, Neb. since 2007 on Saturday, as it gets set for a weekend series against Denver and No. 38 Nebraska inside the Nebraska Tennis Center.
The Bucs square off against Denver on Saturday at 6 p.m., and round out the weekend against the Huskers on Sunday at 5 p.m. All times are EST.
ETSU (0-5) saw its early-season struggles continue in a 6-1 loss to No. 73 Drake on Thursday. Although faced with a tough schedule – having gone up against five currently ITA-ranked teams – the Bucs are averaging just one point per match. Through its five losses, ETSU has compiled a 5-20 singles record and 2-12 doubles record. Both doubles wins have come from the team of senior Sander Gille (Kuringen, Belgium) and junior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela), who picked up their victories against then-No. 57 NC State and current-No. 71 Georgia State.
Bandres enters the weekend as the only Buccaneer with any experience against competitors from either opponent this year, having played and lost to Nebraska’s Benedikt Lindheim 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 back on Oct. 3 at the ITA All-American Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
Denver (1-4) is on a four-match losing skid entering Friday after winning 6-1 in its season-opener on Jan. 21 against Tulane. The Pioneers have fallen to four-consecutive ITA-ranked teams, including then-No. 22 Texas Tech, then-No. 73 Harvard, then-No. 66 DePaul and then-No. 67 Drake.
The Pioneers boast the No. 39-ranked doubles team in the nation in Enej Bonin and Jens Vorkefeld. The junior duo is 10-2 overall and 2-0 so far during the spring season. Both spring victories came at the No. 1 doubles position.
Nebraska (1-2) is opening up their home schedule this weekend, facing Denver on Friday before taking on both Creighton and ETSU on Sunday. In their three matches leading up to the home schedule, the Huskers fell to then-No. 34 Virginia Tech, defeated then-No. 51 TCU and most recently fell to then-No. 20 Oklahoma last Saturday.
The Huskers have two ITA-ranked singles players with senior Christopher Aumeller at No. 41 and the aforementioned Lindheim at No. 78. In their most recent outing against Oklahoma, Aumeller dropped his match to No. 4 Costin Paval 7-5, 6-4, while Lindheim kept his perfect dual record intact with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory over No. 39 Tsvetan Mihov. The two Huskers also pair up as the No. 7-ranked doubles team.
Live stats will be available for Sunday's match against Nebraska courtesy of Huskers.com.
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