CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2012) – The ETSU men’s tennis team was flawless on opening day of the Steve Baras Fall Classic, hosted by Chattanooga, going 12-0 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles on Friday at the UTC Tennis Center.
Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela), Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay), Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain), Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) and Ricardo Pabon (Bogota, Columbia) all rolled through their respective first and second round singles matches, and will all play in their respective flight’s semifinals on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Doubles action went just a smoothly, with the duos of Bandres and Ribeiro, Ramirez and Varon, and Ordeig and Pabon all going unscathed on opening day.
Director of ETSU Tennis Yaser Zaatini had one word to describe the Bucs’ fantastic day.
“Pefecto!,” Zaatini said. “In all my years as a coach, I can’t remember being a part of such a day. We struggled with adversity with a lack of confidence and poor tennis at times, but the fact is that we won. I’m extremely happy with the day because I preach how we have to learn to win without playing our best. It was a great day overall.”Complete ETSU ResultsSteve Baras Fall Classic – Day 1 Singles – First and Second Rounds - Flight 1Rogerio Ribeiro def. Elliott Barnwell 6-3, 5-7, 6-4Jesus Bandres def. Igor Santos (JSU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 Rogerio Ribeiro def. Chip Cox (USC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2Jesus Bandres def. Jimmy Dougherty (UNCG) 6-3, 6-1 - Flight 2Juan Ramirez def. Daniel Hardesty (LEE) 6-1, 6-2Roger Ordeig def. Gaston Murray (UNCG) 7-5, 7-5 Juan Ramirez def. Alex Sajonz (SAM) 6-2, 6-3Roger Ordeig def. Louis Theodor (KSU) 6-4, 6-1 - Flight 3Jorge Varon def. John Tougher (LIP) 6-2, 6-4Jorge Varon def. Pasha Grigorjevs (UTC) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 - Flight 4Ricardo Pabon def. Sam Kellett (JSU) 6-0, 6-1Ricardo Pabon def. Matt McGill (CIT) 6-1, 6-0 Doubles – First Round - Flight 2Bandres/Ribeiro def. Barnwell/Luduca (SAM) 8-0Ramirez/Varon def. Murray/Sarioglu (UNCG) 8-4 - Flight 3Ordeig/Pabon advances past Ackers/Laduca (SAM) withdrawl (inj)
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