WILMINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2014) - Despite taking four singles matches to decisive third sets, the ETSU men's tennis team fell on the road Saturday to No. 51 UNC-Wilmington, 6-1.
After losing the day's double point handily, the outlook for ETSU's chances to upset ranked UNCW looked bleak; however, the Buccaneers (3-8) responded well, battling the Seahawks (4-3) valiantly in singles play.
"We started the doubles in terrible fashion," ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini said. "I thought it was going to be a long, miserable day. Despite the loss, I think we played great singles."
Four of ETSU's singles players extended their matches to three sets, with Sebastian Yllera and Conner Huertas Del Pino each losing narrowly in third-set tie-breakers.
"The guys fought hard," Zaatini said. "Every match was contested and truly we could have won this match. I believe we played extremely well."
Freshmen David Biosca and Ismael Merino each lost in three sets, while senior Roger Ordeig picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles.
"I'm proud of these guys," Zaatini said. "I am demanding the same effort tomorrow."
ETSU will take on No. 46 Elon Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m.
#54 UNCW 6, #63 ETSU 1
Feb 21, 2014 at Wilmington, NC (UNCW Courts)
|1. #120 Rafael Aita (UNCW) def. David Biosca (ETSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1|
|2. Sam Williams (UNCW) def. #122 Diego Nunez (ETSU) 6-4, 6-4|
|3. Pedro Mol (UNCW) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4)|
|4. Santtu Leskinen (UNCW) def. Conner Huertas (ETSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-8)|
|5. Kaue Pereira (UNCW) def. Ismael Merino (ETSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3|
|6. Roger Ordeig (ETSU) def. Zach Hublitz (UNCW) 6-4, 6-4|
|1. #49 Rafael Aita/Sam Williams (UNCW) def. Diego Nunez/Ismael Merino (ETSU) 8-2|
|2. Kaue Pereira/Pedro Mol (UNCW) vs. Roger Ordeig/David Biosca (ETSU) 4-3, unfinished|
|3. Santtu Leskinen/Zach Hublitz (UNCW) def. Ricardo Pabon/Conner Huertas (ETSU) 8-1|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,6,1,5,3,4)|