KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 16, 2015) – The East Tennessee State University men’s tennis team turned in another strong showing Friday at the ITA Regionals in Knoxville, Tenn. A pair of individuals advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles bracket, while a doubles team also advanced to the quarterfinals as well. Overall, the Bucs went 8-2 Friday.
Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Robert Herrera (Barcelona, Spain) both picked up their third wins of the tournament to advance to the quarterfinal round. Ribeiro will take on Andrew Watson of Memphis, while Herrera will take on Tennessee’s Preston Touliatos.
Ribeiro will also appear in the quarterfinals in doubles as well. Ribeiro, who is teamed with David Biosca (Sant Fruitos de Bage, Spain), will take on the team of Igor Smelyanski and Jack Schipanski of Tennessee Saturday.
“I’m going to call this a very productive day,” said ETSU head coach Yaser Zaatini. “We played with discipline and tenacity the entire time. The match that we lost is because they beat us. We did not give much away and bounced back from any adversity we faced. Although all of this is great, we get have to wake up and do it all over again tomorrow.”
The Buccaneers and the rest of the field will return to the court at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Third Round Singles: Mena (Tennessee Tech) d.  Biosca (ETSU): 6-4, 6-4
Third Round Singles: [12) Herrera (ETSU) d. Van Flymen (Eastern Kentucky): 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Third Round Singles:  Ribeiro (ETSU) d.  Yates (Kentucky): 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
Second Round Doubles (Round of 32):  Biosca/Ribeiro (ETSU) d. Yee/Cembellin (Indiana): 8-6
Second Round Doubles (Round of 32): Nunez/Herrera (ETSU) d. Benjamin/Rollhauser (Dayton): 8-7
Third Round Doubles (Round of 16):  Biosca/Ribeiro (ETSU) d. Ellefsen/Yates (Kentucky): 8-7
Third Round Doubles (Round of 16:  Pennington/Bushamuka (Kentucky) d. Herrera/Nunez (ETSU): 8-6
Singles Consolation (Bracket A): Pabon (ETSU) d. Drobysh (Austin Peay): 6-2, 6-2
Singles Consolation (Bracket A): Pabon (ETSU) d. Newis (IUPUI): Walkover
Singles Consolation (Bracket B): Nunez (ETSU) d. Scheider (Xavier): 6-3, 6-2
Fourth Round Doubles (Quarterfinals):  Biosca/Ribeiro (ETSU) vs.  Smelyanski/Schipanski (Tennessee)
Fourth Round Singles (Quarterfinals):  Herrera (ETSU) vs. Touliatos (Tennessee)
Fourth Round Singles (Quarterfinals):  Ribeiro (ETSU) vs.  Watson (Memphis
Singles Consolation (Bracket A): Pabon (ETSU) vs. TBA
Singles Consolation (Bracket B): Nunez (ETSU) vs. Demasse (Belmont)
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